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Archive for May 6th, 2015

President Obama Nominates General Joe Dunford as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and General Paul Selva as Vice Chairman

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In the Rose Garden

Remarks by the President at Nomination of General Joe Dunford as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and General Paul Selva as Vice Chairman

President Barack Obama: Good morning.  As Americans, we are blessed with the strongest military the world has ever known.  Yes, our system of equipment and technology, our logistical capacity is unmatched.  But what makes us the best, the reason no other nation can do what we do, is our people — patriotic men and women across our country who step forward, raise their hand and take an oath to defend our nation.  It’s our men and women in uniform — and their leaders — who make our armed forces the very best.

Among our military leaders, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the principal military advisor to me and my national security team — including Vice President Biden; my National Security Advisor, Susan Rice; and our Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter.

In recent years, I have been deeply grateful for the service of our Chairman, General Marty Dempsey, and our Vice Chairman, Admiral Sandy Winnefeld.  Marty and Sandy will complete their terms later this year.  I’ll have a chance to say nice things about them later.  I can tell you that they have been outstanding, and I could not have asked for a better team.  But today, I’m proud to announce my nominee to be the next Chairman, General Joe Dunford, and the next Vice Chairman, General Paul Selva.

Again, I want to thank General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld for being here today.  Marty and Sandy, we are extraordinarily grateful for all that you’ve done.  And we’ll have an opportunity to pay tribute to you in the months ahead.  I’ve relied on you both — your advice, your counsel, your judgment — as we’ve navigated the urgent challenges of recent years, from ending our combat mission in Afghanistan to leading the international coalition to destroy ISIL; conducting humanitarian operations from typhoon relief in the Philippines to fighting Ebola in West Africa; and strengthening our security alliances from Europe to Asia.  At every step, you have been critical to our processes, and I have valued not only your counsel but your friendships.

At the same time, Marty and Sandy have helped to guide our forces through difficult fiscal times — especially sequestration.  They’ve stayed focused on readiness, and training and modernization.  Today there are also more opportunities for women in our armed forces.  We’re tackling the outrage of sexual assault, which has no place in our ranks.  We’ve made progress in large part because leaders like Marty and Sandy have made sure we’re recruiting and training, and equipping and retaining the best fighting force on the planet.  I look forward to honoring Marty and Sandy and thanking them more fully for their extraordinary contributions to our nation.

There are other things we’re going to miss.  We’re going to miss Marty’s incomparable singing voice.  He will not be singing today.  But I’m going to put my request in early for a final number at your farewell.  But on behalf of myself, our entire national security team and our armed forces, thank you.  And to Deannie and to Mary, we are grateful for your families’ service.

My choice for the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Joe Dunford, is one of the most admired officers in our military. A native of Boston, Joe is the very definition of “Boston Strong.”  The son of a retired Boston police officer and Marine veteran of Korea, Joe followed in his father’s footsteps and has distinguished himself through nearly 40 years of military service.  He’s commanded Marines in the field, from the platoon level to a Marine Expeditionary Force.  During the invasion of Iraq, he led Marines in the charge to Baghdad.

Given his combat experience, I was proud to nominate Joe as the Commander of American and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan.  I’ve had a chance to work with him.  I have been extraordinarily impressed by Joe — from the Situation Room, where he helped to shape our enduring commitment to Afghanistan, to my visit last year to Bagram, where I saw his leadership firsthand.

I know Joe.  I trust him.  He’s already proven his ability to give me his unvarnished military advice based on his experience on the ground.  Under his steady hand, we’ve achieved key milestones, including the transition to Afghan responsibility for security, historic Afghan elections, and the drawdown of U.S. forces — setting the stage for our combat mission there.

So Joe is a proven leader of our joint force, including our troops in Afghanistan, who he served Christmas dinner to.  He’s one of our military’s most highly regarded strategic thinkers.  He’s known and respected by our allies, by members of Congress — on both sides of the aisle — and by colleagues across our government.  He’s also tireless.  His staff has been known to carry around a voice recorder to keep up with his commands and new ideas.

He just began his service as Commandant of his beloved Marine Corps.  So, Joe, I appreciate your willingness to take on this new assignment.  I think the only downside in my book is, as a White Sox fan, there is yet another Red Sox fan who I’m going to have to be dealing with. And I want to thank you and your wife, Ellyn, for your continued service.

In General Paul Selva, we have a Vice Chairman with 35 years of military service — as both a pilot and a commander.  As leader of Air Mobility Command, he earned a reputation as a force for change and innovation.  I understand that when it was time to deliver the final C-17 to the Air Force, Paul went to the cockpit and helped fly it himself.  As head of Transportation Command, he’s been committed to the partnerships that are a core principle of our national security strategy, whether it’s supplying our joint force around the world, in operations large and small, to supporting and keeping safe our diplomats and embassy personnel overseas.

Paul also served as Secretary of State Clinton’s military advisor for the first years of my presidency, so he grasps the strategic environment in which our forces operate.  He understands that our military, as powerful as it is, is one tool that must be used in concert with all the elements of our national power.

I should note that, as a graduate of the Air Force Academy, Paul is especially grateful to the Academy because it’s there that he met his wife, Ricki, who also served in the Air Force.  And, Paul and Ricki, thank you both for taking on this next chapter of your service together.

Joe, Paul — we continue to call on our armed forces to meet a range of challenges.  We have to keep training Afghan forces and remain relentless against al Qaeda.  We have to push back against ISIL and strengthen forces in Syria [Iraq], and build moderate opposition in Syria.  We have to stand united with our allies in Europe and keep rebalancing our posture as a Pacific power.  We have to keep investing in new capabilities to meet growing threats, including cyber-attacks.

So, as Commander-in-Chief, I’ll be looking to you for your honest military advice as we meet these challenges.  As we do, we’re also going to keep working with Congress on a more responsible approach to defense spending, including reforms in the department so we can preserve the readiness of our all-volunteer force, keep faith with our troops and our military families, and care for our wounded warriors.  This is work we have to do together, as a nation.

Again, to Joe, to Paul, to your families, on behalf of the American people, thank you for your continued service to our nation.  I urge our friends in the Senate — and I know I won’t have a problem with Jack Reed, who’s sitting right here — to confirm these remarkable leaders without delay so we can stay focused on the work that unites us all as Americans — keeping our military strong, our nation secure, our citizens safe.

Thank you very much.

What Do The Riots In Baltimore Tell Us About Race Relations?

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By Attorney Roy Miller


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The riots in Baltimore, Maryland are the results of an overfilled balloon that now gives us signs that it is about to burst. Long time injustice finally came to a head. Rage is only the smoke that came from the fire caused by Americas long term mistreatment of black youth. Preferential treatment for one race over another creates a reason to hate. If we can convince black America that the future will be equally just and fair to all races, racial dislikes will decrease.

Integration and School Prayer: When integration occurred and when prayer was taken out of school, many morals among black youth began to diminish. Integration was necessary, because God desires that all races learn how to co-exist and love each other. However, integration still managed to pass along old hateful ways of the past that we must figure out a way to rid. The theory of integration was good, but it has wound up being a building planned for 10 stories, but only completed up to the 5th floor. How can we make integration work, when integration placed white men as the head of every black household? When we integrated, white men were not forced to follow laws of the black community; rather, the black community had to change and raise their children under the laws made exclusively by white men for white youth. In segregation, the black family was in unity for morals and substance. The rules and expectations that we had toward each other worked. Since integration, we went from children striving for perfect attendance in school to losing the desire to go to school.

Before integration, black politicians, black pastors and black parents had the power to stop injustice within their own communities and among each other. Today, black youth feel that they cannot look up to black politicians, black pastors or black parents for protection from the injustice. Black youth eventually lost respect and pride for authority within their homes and their communities. They started to look toward each other for direction and a cure for what hurts. After integration, the superiority of whites over blacks became more obvious to black youth. Before integration, black youth were protected within their communities and were made to feel proud of their parents. White husbands were not made into lesser men by laws that made black fathers appear inferior in power to their children, their wives and to their communities.

The black child changed when prayer was taken out of school. Love for God is where all education began for black youth began. Prayer in school worked extremely well for black youth. Prayer reinforced the need for children to love and respect each other. Love for mother and not wanting to break her heart were more powerful than peer pressure or material things. What happened to the child after integration is that the lightning volt that went straight to the heart was taken away. Morning devotion and school prayer were educational needs in black schools. Religion connects with black youth. Many young people can do anything and it will not bother their conscience, if it does touch their heart. When we took God out of the daily routine at schools, black youth suffered the most. They began not feeling accountable for bad acts, because the realization never reached their hearts. When we touch a childs heart, we place a mirror in front of them and they see themselves for who they really are. If it doesnt reach the heart, it really doesnt matter.

Many black children succeed in mixed race educational systems, but some work best in nurturing majority black controlled systems, where black principals have free hands to create the perfect learning environment. No one knows how to get the best out of a black child like a black person. No one knows what makes a black child laugh or cry like a black person. We must always allow the choice for black children to be raised by people that know them best, black adults. We must do away with laws that work against black morals and respect for parents. Finally, we must allow the choice for every parent to place their child in schools offering devotion and prayer.

Attorney Roy Miller may be contacted at www.attorneyroymiller.com or by calling (478) 745-2402.

Activists Want Governor to Restore $326 million, Not Just $26 Million

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Pfleger to Rauner: “The blood of our children is on your hands”

By Chinta Strausberg

A diverse group of faith based and community groups Monday held a press conference outside of the James R. Thompson Center to ask Gov. Bruce Rauner to not only restore the $26 million he recently promised to do but the entire $326 million he cut from the budget.

A number of ministers and activists attended the protest rally that was sponsored by the Alliance for Budget Equity (ABE) where they called on Gov. Rauner to restore the cuts to the 2015 level and they asked him not to make similar cuts for FY 2016.

Some of those attending the rally were: Rev. Phalese Binion, president of the Westside Ministers Coalition, Rev. Dr. William E. Crowder, Jr., Park Manor Christian Church, Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger, Father Thulani Magwaza, Rev. Dr. Donald Dew, executive director of the Habilitative Systems, Inc., Cook County Comm. Richard Boykin, Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th), Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24th), Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown, Valerie Leonard, community activist, Lawrence Benito, executive director of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; former Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele, Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson, Rainbow PUSH senior advisor to the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.; Maurice Chapman, director of SHARK, WVON talk sow host Mark Wallace and others.

Representing the Lawndale community, Leonard said, “45 percent of our people are living below poverty, 25 percent of our local economy is non-profit organizations and social services…. Do you realize that social services have borne the greatest amount of cuts proportionately across the state?

“The bottom line is this. When you take a stroke of a pen and cut X millions of dollars, you are not just cutting dollars. You are cutting peoples’ lives.” She said there are 17,000 people in Lawndale who qualify for Medicare. “You want to cut $107 million to Medicare. Where is your heart? I am going to start calling you the Tin Man…the man without a heart. We need you to restore those cuts,” said Leonard.

Taking a line from Leonard, Father Pfleger, who brought two busloads of supporters and was armed with hundreds of petitions calling for the cuts to be restored, said he came to talk to “the Tin Man. It’s time to get a heart. We understand that he put back $26 million and we’re grateful to that, but you cut over $326 million and we’re angry about that,” he said.

“When you are cutting programs, you are cutting lives in the city of Chicago, and we’re not going to let you cut down our children….. We understand you talk about shared sacrifice….. We have people in our communities struggling to put food on their table, to put a roof over their head and now you’re cutting programs that support our families….”

Father Pfleger referred to last weekends shootings said, “5 people were killed, 30 people shot. People are mad about a movie called Chiraq. This is Chiraq….” Pfleger said as long as Rauner fails to restore the funds, shootings and homicides would increase. He warned the governor, “The blood of our children is on your hands.”

Collins wants to know where is Rauner’s “compassion.”

“When you cut from job opportunities, job training, employment and a chance to work…where is the compassion”? She said these cuts are ruining any chance of youth to have any viable future.

Collins said, “92 percent of blacks males between 16-19 are unemployed, and the situation is not improving. In the meantime, the number of shootings in Chicago has increased 14 percent over the last year…. When you defund programs, what you are doing is destabilizing communities, diminishing hope and deferring dreams. “

Rep. Hernandez said, “Gov. Rauner is a businessman. He understands business, but the state of Illinois cannot be run as a business. You cannot put a profit or a loss margin on human life. We must invest in human life…. I commit myself. I will fight the fight to restore these funds so that families can live a better life in the state of Illinois.”

Crowder said to the governor “You may have the position, but we have the power.” Rev. Dew said, “We are the faces of hope.”

Rev. Binion addressed Rauner’s reducing grants to bury the poor. She too labeled the   governor as ‘the Tin Man.” She too vowed to fight for the restoration of all of the funds even if she has to come in a wheelchair.

Clerk Brown said, “This is the same governor who came to our churches asking for our vote. “ She too called on Rauner to restore the budget cuts.

Rev. Wilson called on the governor to convene a meeting with the stakeholders, with those whose services he has cut. “I believe we have a plan not only to help you maintain the state but also those services which are essential to our people.

“You cannot be cutting services to young people,” Wilson said. “We have 20,000 homeless children wandering the streets of Chicago every day.  When schools close, where will they eat? Our community is not properly funded. You can’t cut anymore without an excessive amount of blood

Wilson warned Rauner not to cut the services for the youth. Given the unrest in Baltimore and in Ferguson where the police killed unarmed black men, Wilson said, “it’s clear to me” that we need to reinvest in the human infrastructure.

Maurice Chapman, director of SHARK, said, “In Illinois, there are 43,000 people living with HIV, about 20 percent of them don’t know infecting others. We are making a difference in the lives of people at risk and living with HIV…, but we need the resources to do the work….”

WVON’s talk show host Mark Wallace went a step further saying if Rauner doesn’t restore the budget cuts; Illinoisans should launch a recall movement and get somebody who has a heart for the people.

“It only take 10 senators and 20 state representatives” to initiate a recall,  “If this governor doesn’t want to do the right thing, to invest in all the people of Illinois, we, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, can recall this governor and elect someone who understands the needs of the poor.

“You cannot cut your way into prosperity. You have to invest in resources…the people of Illinois…. Restore the cuts…..”

A delegation took the petitions to Gov. Rauner’s office.

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.

Historic Vote on Burge Torture Reparations Legislation

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The largest gathering of Burge Torture survivors will assemble to watch the vote

The Chicago City Council will vote on historic legislation that will provide reparations to Burge Torture Survivors and family members.  The largest gathering of Burge Torture survivors and family members will assemble to watch the City Council vote on the legislation.

It will take place Wednesday, May 6, 2015 City Hall, 2nd Floor at 10 a.m.

After the City Council Vote on the Reparations Legislation they will meet at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, James Parlor Room, 2nd Floor

More than 10 Chicago Police Torture Survivors, family members of torture survivors, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and representatives of Amnesty International – USA, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Project NIA and We Charge Genocide will be available to comment on the vote and legislation.

On the eve of a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance, CTJM and Amnesty International – USA reached an agreement on a reparations package with Mayor Emanuel and his administration.  The legislation is historic and will be the first time a City in the U.S. has provided reparations to victims of racially motivated police violence.  If passed the legislation, provides concrete redress to the torture survivors and their family members, including a formal apology; specialized counseling services; free enrollment in City Colleges; a history lesson about the Burge torture cases taught in Chicago Public schools; a permanent public memorial to the survivors; and it sets aside $5.5 million for a Reparations Fund for Burge Torture Victims.

The legislation comes after an impressive grassroots campaign co-led by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Amnesty International – USA, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide.

Today, the Reparations legislation unanimously passed out of Chicago’s Finance Committee.

For more information, contact: Joey Mogul, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, 773-294-7606

Judge Prostituted Kids-for-Cash…in these United States

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge

While youth across these Not-so-United-States, are serving numerous years in prison for the possession of marijuana, another judge once sat on the bench mocking true justice while he sought to sell youth for money.  This today’s judicial action was once ‘historically called’ slavery.

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr., once a prominent 61-year-old Pennsylvania judge, was recently tried and sentenced to 29-years in prison by a federal court. He was convicted of racketeering charges and taking 1 million in bribes from the builder of a pair of juvenile detention centers in a case that was labeled as “Kids-for-Cash”.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was said to have tossed about 4, 000 convictions issued by Ciavarella between 2003 and 2008, stating he violated the constitutional rights of the juveniles, including their right to legal counsel and the rights to intelligently enter a plea.

Apparently judges should be more sensitive in their sentencing, in that cases concerning youth and adults have been tossed out because of DNA. This means that something went wrong! It also indicates that there were perhaps mistakes, or other unlawful errors overlooked…  Many persons in Illinois and elsewhere were sentenced to death but as the results of DNA, they are now free!

Many youth today continue their vocal-cry’s of ‘foul-play’ as it relates to murder, drugs and other violent matters. Often these critical matters fall on death ears.

Again, pleas for re-hearings are not recent, but go back to the Illinois C-number inmates, who were sentenced and convicted before 1978. This body of inmates didn’t have such great defense nor consideration of the wonderful DNA!  A f air justice system would certainly want to now consider re-hearing these lingering C-number cases along with recent medical discoveries!  C-number cases should all be heard with fairness coupled with recent updated medical attention.

The U.S. Justice System should take a long hard look at the bowels of their operation and thusly establish an honest independent panel of fair-minded citizens to re-construct what can be considered an honorable criminal-justice!

As long as humans are employees of the justice system, be it law-enforcement or those adoring black robes, some will always serve in the pretense of true justice…  As long as there are men, and there are women, Satan will always seek an opportunity to rob, steal and virtually kill people, but by-large African Americans and Hispanics. This thing of separation by color is contributed by those who traveled an hour before others to the shores of this country … and falsely believe that a certain body of people has entitlement to a thing called: Freedom, Money and Land more than others.

Recent acts of overt disrespect relating to humans against other humans appear to be prevalent in such states as: Maryland, Carolina, Georgia, New York and blatantly in Chicago, Illinois. As the result of such sickness, blacks have become the by- large complexion of jail and state prisons. Without Blacks and Hispanics, the prison system would fall to its very knees. The Illinois State jails and prisons have had no shame in their game… in that they have done little to reconstruct or re-disposition their polices.

While we point fingers at demons from the pits of hell who have charged our youth and elders alike, we should also watch with a jaundice eye – those sitting in the high seats of authority in Congress, who are carving examples for youth. They are in fact telling them by their examples what the needs are in the United States… total havoc against Blacks and Hispanics, but be careful not to mix in others. This is considered a miscarriage of justice!

Judge Mark Ciavarella, Jr., after misrepresentation of thousands of other fair-minded judges, offered no remorse for his actions, but had his attorneys to ask for what was called a “reasonable” sentence in court papers, saying, in effect, that the judge has already been punished enough. Such a despicable request on paper is certainly a bad joke on all the justice system, and especially after youth have had their very lives threatened for life. How dare a man who once sat in justice over the lives of those who could not defend themselves consider such an arrogant request… or, perhaps it is the way that some daily conduct business over the lives of those they consider beneath them.

Had there not been the intervening of God who sits high and looks awful low to see the mad-acts perpetrated by man… where would these youth be. I advise all of us not to dismiss this as if it could not – or would not happen to any of us… but rather perhaps we are merely a step away.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Top Iowa Elected Officials Endorse Draft Biden 2016

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Local Iowa officials and activists urge Vice President Joe Biden to jump into 2016 Presidential Race

Prominent Iowa elected officials have come forward to publicly endorse the Draft Biden movement and have planned to sign onto a letter urging Vice President Joe Biden to jump into 2016 Presidential Race.

“Despite all the recent political activity and announcements regarding the presidential elections, it is exciting to see that there are people still urging Joe Biden to get into the 2016 race,” said Draft Biden 2016 Executive Director Will Pierce. “Joe is busy performing his duties as the Vice President and has said publicly that he has time to make a decision. Building a base of strong support among Iowans and other key early states for a Biden candidacy will allow the Vice President to jump into the race with an infrastructure and organization already in place.”

As a result of the meetings, prominent Iowa elected officials have come forward to publicly endorse the Draft Biden movement and have planned to sign onto a letter urging Vice President Joe Biden to jump into 2016 Presidential Race.

Headlining the list of initial endorsers include State Senator Tony Bisignano (17th District), State Representative Jim Lykam (85th District), State Representative Mary A. Gaskill (93rd District), and Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz.

Excerpts from the letter that will be sent on behalf of the elected officials urging Vice President Biden to run for the Democratic presidential ticket in 2016:

“Everything you and President Barack Obama have done for this country during the last two terms will be on the line. Will we continue the great work that has been done or let this country take a sharp turn onto the wrong path? There are so many accomplishments and yet so much left to be done.”

“We also believe that we hold elections in this country, not coronations. No candidate is “inevitable;” Democratic primary voters deserve a choice. All voters deserve a choice.”

“We as elected officials, organizers and leaders of the great state of Iowa, are strongly endorsing the efforts of Draft Biden 2016 and urging you to enter the 2016 Presidential Race.”

Local supporter of the Draft Biden 2016 movement and Regional Field Organizer on Vice President Biden’s 2008 Presidential campaign, Sharon Holle of Davenport, IA, highlighted the strong relationship the Vice President enjoys with Iowans, “Since the 2008 election, Vice President Biden has kept in touch with his 2008 campaign staff.  Each time that he comes to Iowa he makes sure that he gets to see us in person; he calls us his family.”

Holle further articulated the growing anticipation for his announcement, “Now it’s 2015 and another Presidential election is near. Every one of our 2008 Biden staffers continue to wait for his announcement and are anxious to open a new Biden for President office when he does. There are thousands of Iowa volunteers and counting who can’t wait to get to work for Joe, he just needs to announce.”

With Iowa being the first true test of a candidate’s organization and support, Draft Biden will soon have Iowa staff and a field office up and running within the next month.  Draft Biden’s Executive Director, Will Pierce, also attended the South Carolina Democratic Convention last month as well as the South Carolina Jefferson-Jackson dinner the night before with base-building already underway in the “First in the South” primary state

About Draft Biden

Draft Biden 2016, a SuperPAC organized to draft Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race, is spearheading the charge to help ensure that Vice President Biden has the necessary amount of support needed to be able to run for President in 2016.

Beginning last month with former staffers and campaign veterans, Draft Biden 2016 is pushing their online petition with supporters and allies. The petition has gathered close to 30,000 signatures so far.

The group’s future plans are to organize in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in anticipation of the Vice President entering the race.

A Major Threat to Military Families: Tell the Senate We Should Protect Military Families From Predatory Lending Without Delay

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From: U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (8th Congressional District)

Last week, we defeated attempts in the House to rollback important new rules that will protect military families from financial harm. Now, we have to take our fight to the Senate. Add your name.

Abusive lenders have long preyed on military families. They surround bases with misleading advertisements and charge heavy interest payments, causing unmanageable debt.

The good news is that the Department of Defense is working to prevent predatory lenders from targeting military families with high-cost loans. But banking industry lobbyists are trying to delay important new protections.

I introduced an amendment last Wednesday to immediately protect our service members from predatory loans, and it passed the House Armed Services Committee. Now, we need to ensure that members of the Senate stand strong against banking industry lobbying too.

Join me and VoteVets: tell the Senate we should protect military families from predatory lending without delay:


Predatory lending doesn’t just hurt military families – it threatens military readiness by affecting security clearances and even forcing experienced service members to leave the military.

When our troops work to protect our nation, they should not have to shoulder the additional burden of worrying about a bad credit report or the threat of potential foreclosure.


Metropolitan Tenants Organization to Present Deborah Taylor With Ralph Scott Award

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Deborah Taylor to receive MTO’s Ralph Scott Award

Deborah Taylor has been at the forefront on housing justice, employment and community mental health issues for over 35 years. She is a founding member of STOP: Southside Together Organizing for Power, one of the leading organizations that contested the city’s closure of half of its community mental health centers.Taylor also serves on the Governance Committee of the Chicago Housing Initiative.

With appreciation and respect for her selfless work, the Metropolitan Tenants Organization will present Deborah Taylor with our Ralph Scott Award.

The Ralph Scott Award, named in memory of longtime community and environmental activist Ralph Scott, is presented each year to a Tenant Leader in recognition of their contribution to renters’ rights and housing justice.

Taylor will be presented the award at Celebrating the Movement, MTO’s spring event to be held on Monday, May 11, at Revolution Brewing.

Individual tickets the Spring Event are $65.00, discounted to $50 for people working in nonprofit organizations.

To buy tickets, click to the link below.

Chicago Filipino Groups and Supporters to Protest Philippines President Aquino

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Protesters urge President Aquino to be accountable and “Resign Now!”

Picket Today, Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 p.m., at the JW Marriott Hotel,151 W Adams St, in Chicago

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and AnakBayan Chicago will hold a picket line today in Chicago to protest against the visit by Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III.

A crisis has gripped Aquino’s presidency, touched off by his lack of compassion and leadership in the case of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina migrant worker who faced death by firing squad in Indonesia for a crime she didn’t commit. This is only the latest round of controversies, which include his mishandling of super typhoon Haiyan in 2013; and his continued pursuit of the counter-insurgency war in Mindanao, which led to a botched police operation in January 2015, killing at least 66 people including civilians and children.

Nerissa Allegretti, Midwest Coordinator for NAFCON, “We condemn his record of human rights abuses and corruption.”

A statement is available from NAFCON by writing to allegrettineris@yahoo.com

For more information, contact: Nerissa N. Allegretti

Midwest Coordinator, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)

Alabama State University to Launch Amazing Black Genealogy Series on June 21-26, 2015

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Alabama State Black Geneology Series

Montgomery, AL (BlackNews.com) — Researching family history requires education, patience, time-consuming research, and careful documentation. Although genealogy can be defined as the study involving tracing family roots, it requires more than self-taught skills. Educational institutions as well as individuals are beginning to put together instructional courses to meet these needs.

To address genealogist needs, Alabama State University (ASU) will launch the first of a series of biennial Genealogy Colloquia on June 21-26, 2015. It will concentrate solely on black colonial, antebellum, reconstruction and civil rights era records located at Alabama State University, Alabama Department of Archives and History and other sites. Moreover, it offers instructions in recent technology relative to general genealogical computing and specifically “Building a Family Website”.

The Genealogy Colloquium (GC) is an educational opportunity for discovery, critical evaluation and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by national and local prominent genealogical educators. Coordinating the Colloquium is Mrs. Frazine Taylor, especially well-known for her many genealogical workshops as head of reference for the Alabama Department of Archives, and her book, Researching African American Genealogy: Alabama: A Resource Guide (2008).

Participants will be able to learn more about researching family history at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); repositories where African- American records can be located; myths and common mistakes that lead African-Americans genealogical researchers down the wrong path; distinctive types of records that document African-American biological lines and building context for civil rights research and historical overview. The colloquium includes lectures on these and related topics on the use of genealogical sources and methodology. The Colloquium is academically and professionally oriented and is sponsored by the Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC); National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture (NCSCRAAC) and ASUs Division of Continuing Education.

For registration and class schedule, visit https://cs.psadmin.alasu.edu:8401/csstest.php

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