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Archive for May 7th, 2015

Activists to Mayor: Elected Civilian Police Accountability Council now!

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Chicago labor and community leaders urge a civilian police accountability council in wake of “unmitigated police crimes”

CHICAGO, IL - The Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression (CAARPR), activist groups and labor union representatives demand  that Mayor Rahm Emanuel support the call for the establishment of an elected  Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) to end the deadly cycle of police  violence that’s being disproportionately perpetrated against Black and Latino  people in Chicago. CPAC will abolish and replace the highly biased and ineffective  Police Board and the handpicked Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
As it stands, IPRA investigates police misconduct, like shootings, and IPRA  management is made of six former cops.

“The community demands real control over the police who terrorize the south and  west sides, murdering our young people without any repercussions. CPAC is a  chance to stop these racist police murders in their tracks and stand up for the  youth,” said Mike Elliot, Chair of the Labor Committee of the Alliance.
The astonishingly unjust acquittal of Chicago Police detective, Dante Servin, for the  cold blooded killing of 22 year old Rekia Boyd, and protests in Baltimore that  were  sparked by the police killing of Freddie Gray, a 25 year old Black man who died in  police custody after being brutally beaten, have intensified a burgeoning national  call for police accountability.

A Press Conference will be held today, Thursday, May 7, 2015  at the Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 21 N. LaSalle St., 5th Floor, at 11 a.m.

“We commend every person who has struggled alongside us in this long, hard  journey for justice for police violence victims and survivors. The Reparations  Ordinance is an amazing step but the road to ending police violence is far from  over. We demand Mayor Emanuel support civilian police accountability and put an  end to these racist murders,” Elliot said.
CPAC press conference attendees: Chicago Alliance Against Racist &  Political  Repression; Dorothy Holmes (mother of Ronald “Ronnieman”  Johnson); Panzy  Bright (Mother of Dakota Bright); BYP 100; Black Lives  Matter – Chicago; US  Palestinian Community Network; SEIU Local 73; Fight  for 15; National Alliance of  Filipino Concerns; Anakbayan; Graduate  Employees Organization at UIC and  more …

Endorsers include: Angela Davis; Author; Black Caucus – American Federation of  Teachers; Campaign to End the Death Penalty; Chicago Torture Justice Memorials;

United Electrical; Radio and Machine Workers – Western Region; UIC Graduate  Employees Organization; Project NIA; Emma Lozano; Pueblo Sin Fronteras; Black  People Against Police Torture; National Conference of Black Lawyers; South Side  Chapter – NAACP; St. Margaret Episcopal Church; Kevin Tyson; Trinity United  Church of Christ; Howard Morgan, Mark Clements, and over 50 victims of the  Chicago Police Department (see  http://naarpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Endorsers.jpg)

For more information, contact: Mike Elliot, 312-939-2750 or

Ted Pearson 312-927-2689.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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

  • Karen DeSalvo – Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Jennifer Zimdahl Galt – Ambassador to Mongolia, Department of State
  • David R. Gilmour – Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Department of State
  • James Desmond Melville, Jr. – Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, Department of State
  • Peter F. Mulrean – Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, Department of State
  • Edwin Richard Nolan, Jr. – Ambassador to Suriname, Department of State

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 nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a position she has held since 2014.  In October 2014, Dr. DeSalvo was designated as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS.  Before joining HHS, she served as Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, and also as Senior Health Policy Advisor for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2011 to 2014.  From 1996 to 2011, Dr. DeSalvo was a practicing internal medicine physician and professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine.  Dr. DeSalvo has also held various leadership positions at Tulane University School of Medicine, including Chief of the Section of General Medicine from 2000 to 2011, Chief of the Section of General Medicine and Geriatrics from 2003 to 2011, Executive Director of the Tulane University Community Health Centers from 2005 to 2011, and Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy from 2008 to 2011.  Her career has also included a number of leadership roles at the affiliate hospitals of Tulane School of Medicine, including Director of the Tulane Medicine Clinic from 1997 to 1999 and Associate Chief of the Tulane Medicine Service from 1996 to 1999 at the Medical Center of Louisiana (MCLNO).  She has been a member of numerous professional boards, including the National Association of City and County Health Officers, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, of which she is a past president and founding board member, the Society of General Internal Medicine, and she was past President of the Association of Chiefs and Leaders of General Internal Medicine.  She continues to be clinically active in Louisiana.  Dr. DeSalvo received a B.A. from Suffolk University, an M.Sc. from Harvard University, and an M.P.H. and M.D. from Tulane University.

Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Nominee for Ambassador to Mongolia, Department of State

Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, a position she has held since 2012.  Previously, Ms. Galt served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Public Affairs from 2011 to 2012 and as a Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium from 2010 to 2011.  From 2008 to 2010, she served as Deputy Director in the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  Ms. Galt also served as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, China from 2003 to 2007 and as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China from 2000 to 2003.  After joining the Foreign Service in 1988, her early assignments included posts in India, Taiwan, and the former Yugoslavia.  Ms. Galt received a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. from the National Defense University.

David R. Gilmour, Nominee for Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Department of State

David R. Gilmour, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2013.  Previously, Mr. Gilmour served as the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 to 2013, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama from 2008 to 2011, and Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland from 2007 to 2008.  He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2004 to 2007 and as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, Australia from 2000 to 2004.  Mr. Gilmour’s earlier assignments include posts in Cameroon, Costa Rica, Senegal, and South Africa.  Mr. Gilmour received a B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University and an M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

James Desmond Melville, Jr., Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, Department of State

James Desmond Melville, Jr., a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany, a position he has held since 2012.  He previously served as Executive Director of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 2010 to 2012.  Prior to that, Mr. Melville served as Minister-Counselor for Management at the U.S. Embassy in London, United Kingdom from 2008 to 2010 and at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia from 2005 to 2008.  Mr. Melville also served as Management Officer and Supervisory General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France from 2001 to 2005 and as Administrative Officer at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, Belgium from 1997 to 2001.  His earlier positions with the Department of State include service as a Foreign Service Examiner, Senior Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat Operations Center, and Legislative Management Officer in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs.  Mr. Melville received a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from Rutgers University.

Peter F. Mulrean, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti, Department of State

Peter F. Mulrean, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Counselor, is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, a position he has held since 2012.  Previously, Mr. Mulrean served as Director of Interagency Provincial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 2008 to 2011, and Regional Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia from 2004 to 2008.  He also served as Deputy Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy at the Department of State from 2002 to 2004, Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium from 1999 to 2002, and Exchange Diplomat at the European Commission in Brussels from 1998 to 1999.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was an English teacher in Japan and China and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.  Mr. Mulrean received an A.B. from Harvard University.

Edwin Richard Nolan, Jr., Nominee for Ambassador to Suriname, Department of State

Edwin Richard Nolan, Jr., a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, a position he has held since 2013.  Previously, Mr. Nolan served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, the Netherlands from 2010 to 2013, Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2008 to 2010, Political Officer in the Office of European Union Affairs in the Bureau of European Affairs from 2007 to 2008, and Deputy Director of the Office of United Kingdom, Benelux, and Ireland in the Bureau of European Affairs from 2005 to 2007.  Mr. Nolan’s earlier assignments include service as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus from 2002 to 2005, Chief of the Political/Economic Section at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Ireland from 1998 to 2002, and Deputy Director and Political Officer in the Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs from 1996 to 1998.  Mr. Nolan received a B.A. from Boston College.

Immigrant Woman Need of Kidney Transplant Seeks Refuge and Community Support

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CHICAGO, IL –Mara Lidia Moran Rosales, 23, a Central American immigrant woman from El Salvador, recently made a Youtube video imploring for help and support. She is currently under dialysis treatment, three times a week, and is in need of a kidney transplant. She states that she has no family or support and that it is not “easy to live in this way.” When asked, “what is she asking the community for?” She breaks into tears and states that the only thing she asks for is “to be helped. I would want to have a normal life like any other person, it is not easy…to all the people that are listening, watching this video, please lend me your support; I would greatly appreciate it, thank you” she concluded.

A Press Conference will be held Thursday May 7, 11a.m., at the El Cuanaco Restaurant, 6345 W. Grand Ave., in Chicago.

Father Jose Landaverde, a long-time Chicago activist who has fought for the rights of immigrants and has led several kidney-transplant campaigns fighting for the right of immigrants to have access to organ transplants, has summoned activist and community members alike to rally around Mara Lidia Moran Rosales in an ongoing fight to Save Lives. In a brief statement father Jose Landaverde states that “Marta needs our support due to her serious illness, her condition deteriorates day after day. For Marta, we the community are her only family here in the US. Therefore we call on the community to join the battle to save young Marta’s life.”

Here is the link to the video released by Marta Lidia Moran Rosales.


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

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Award-Winning Actor/Producer Spike Lee is Holding an Open Casting Call Looking for Talent in Illinois as Extras in his Film, Chiraq!!!

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Don’t Miss Out On This Opportunity

Award-winning actor/producer Spike Lee is holding an open casting call Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Saint Sabina Academy in the Bethune Hall, 7801 South Throop St., Chicago, IL.

4 Star Casting is looking for the following: males/females, all ethnicities, ages 7-75, according to Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger who has allowed Lee to use his church as his movie productions headquarters.

Recruitment for participants in this shoot starts immediately 4 Star Casting is looking to hire hundreds of Chicago locals to work as extras in the film who are available during the shoot period: May 2015 through July 2015.

Only Illinois residents are eligible to participate in  the open casting call. All participants 16 and older will need to bring a CURRENT Illinois issued driver’s license or state ID. This will be checked before entering the premises. Children 15 and under will be given paperwork on how to obtain a work permit.

NOTE: If you have a child under the age of 7 and want to have them considered, please bring a candid photo of that child, approximately 4×6 in size, and be sure to legibly print their name, parent’s name, phone number and e-mail address on the back of it. You will fill out a separate information sheet for that child.

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Chicago City Council Pass Historic Reparations Legislation for Burge Torture Survivors

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The Largest Gathering of Burge Torture Survivors Witnessed the Historic Vote

CHICAGO, IL – Yesterday, Chicago Police torture survivors and their family members attended a Chicago City Council hearing to witness passage of historic legislation providing reparations for the torture they and scores of other African American men and women survived at the hands of Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command.  Some of the torture survivors and family members traveled out of the City and State to attend the hearing.

The reparations package is the product of decades of organizing, litigation, and investigative journalism, and represents the culmination of an inspiring intergenerational and interracial campaign led by CTJM, Amnesty International, USA, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide, re-invigorated by the #BlackLivesMatter movement.  Forty-six organizations endorsed the ordinance, the U.N. Committee Against Torture specifically called on the U.S. Government to support the passage of the legislation and scores of Chicagoans attended demonstrations, rallies, sing-ins and a Citywide Teach-ins over the last six months to urge Mayor Emanuel to support the reparations ordinance.

“Over the course of the past 6 months, a coalition of individuals and groups organized tirelessly to achieve this goal. Today’s historic achievement, passage of the reparations ordinance, is owed to the decades of organizing to bring some justice to the survivors of Burge and his fellow officers’ unconscionable torture. We have successfully organized to preserve the public memory of the atrocities experienced by over 110 black people at the hands of Chicago police torture because we refuse to let anyone in this city ever forget what happened here,” said Mariame Kaba, founder and executive director of Project NIA.

The reparations resolution represents the first time Chicago’s City Council has formally acknowledged and taken responsibility for the police torture that occurred in Chicago, and recognized its obligation to provide concrete redress to the survivors and family members.  In addition to the establishment of a $5.5 million Reparations Fund for Burge Torture Victims, the City will provide survivors and their families specialized counseling services at a center on the South side, free enrollment in City Colleges, and priority access to job training, housing and other city services. Additionally, a history lesson about the Burge torture cases will henceforth be taught in Chicago Public schools and a permanent public memorial will be erected to commemorate the torture and survivors.

“It is the first time that a municipality in the United States has ever offered reparations to those violated law enforcement officials,” said Joey Mogul, a co-founder of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, partner at the People’s Law Office and drafter of the original reparations ordinance. “This holistic model should serve as a blueprint for how cities around the country, from Ferguson to Baltimore, can respond to systemic racist police brutality.”

The final legislation was the product of an agreement reached with Mayor Emanuel, CTJM and Amnesty International, USA on the eve of an April 14, 2015 hearing on the original reparations Ordinance introduced into City Council by Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) and Howard Brookins (21st Ward) in October of 2013.

While torture survivors, family members, and activists were pleased with the reparations package passed today, they noted that much more work needs to be done to address racially motivated police violence in the City of Chicago.

“Today is an important and historic day, and the result of a courageous, decades-long effort to seek justice. But this is not the end. We must make sure that this curriculum places torture under Burge in a broader context of ongoing and endemic police violence. We must expand counseling and treatment services so they’re available for all survivors of police violence. And more broadly, we must fight for an end not only to these horrific acts of torture, and police shootings of Black youth, but also against the daily police harassment and profiling of young people of color in Chicago and across the country,” said Page May, an organizer and activist with We Charge Genocide.

The Reparations Ordinance was drafted to provide redress to approximately 120 African American men and women subjected to racially-motivated torture, including electric shock, mock executions, suffocation and beatings by now former Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates from 1972 through 1991.  Although Burge was convicted on federal charges for perjury and obstruction of justice stemming from the torture cases in 2010, he continues to draw a taxpayer funded pension.

For more information, contact: Joey Mogul, co-founder of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM)


NAACP Statement on My Brother’s Keeper Alliance

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BALTIMORE, MD — President Obama has helped to launch My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a nonprofit to assist young men of color. In light of this development, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The NAACP applauds President Obama’s decision to create the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, as it will ensure the sustainability of the programs created by the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative well after President Obama’s term ends in office. My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will serve as a helpful tool in placing more young men of color on a path to success. These young men will become our nation’s leading entrepreneurs, scholars, lawmakers and law enforcement officials.  Just as the GI Bill fueled the growth and development of thousands of young people a generation ago, today’s young people deserve our investment today. As our nation begins to address the unrest wrought by racial profiling in cities like Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore, the NAACP looks forward to working collaboratively with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to ensure that all young men of color are maximizing their full educational and professional potential.”

From Sammie Dow, NAACP Youth and College Director:

“We applaud President Obama for bringing the private sector, businesses and foundations together to create My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. Too often, young men of color are forced to overcome impossible odds in the face of low expectations. The success of our country is contingent upon our collective ability to educate all of our children and properly position them for success. Our hope is that the newly announced Alliance will create an abundance of educational and professional opportunities for young men of color throughout the nation, and equip them with the training, resources and support they need to be high achievers.”

Denver Black Business Summit Celebrates 10 Years

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MRBES Success Summit Announces 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

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Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) –  The Mountain Region Black Economic Summit (MRBES) is celebrating its 10th Annual MRBES Success Summit & Expo on May 29 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.Hundreds are expected to attend the summit, which offers a full day of workshops and panel discussions designed to promote financial literacy and stimulate action toward building and sustaining wealth in the Black community and communities of color overall.

The theme is “Celebrating 10 Years of Educating, Encouraging and Empowering the Community.”

The Women in Leadership Management Awards (WiLMA) Luncheon, named in honor of former legislator and Denver’s first African American First Lady, the Hon. Wilma J. Webb, stands as the premier networking luncheon honoring several local women for their commitment to community and professional success. The luncheon keynote speaker is Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D., Vice President of Governmental and External Relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado.

The dynamic Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year, will set the stage during the morning plenary session.

The summit as a whole has more than exceeded the expectations that MRBES Executive Director Carla Ladd held when she first envisioned an event that was more than a trade show or corporate luncheon.

“I wanted to go beyond the usual swapping of business cards and provide tangible tools for start-ups, financial literacy, business maintenance and growth,” said Ladd, who looks forward to celebrating this milestone year with the loyal group of like-minded entrepreneurs and advisors she has befriended over the years. “I’m happy that the event has inspired participants to stay the course toward business and economic empowerment.”

To become a sponsor, email cdladd@mrbes.org or call 720-840-9038. Register at www.mrbes.org.
About Mountain Region Black Economic Summit
Established in 2005, the Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, produces the annual economic summit and expo that brings together the various financial, business and human resources to stimulate learning.

Dr. John Hamilton Releases “The Little Black Man’s Book” to Assist African American Boys

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Carson, CA (BlackNews.com) — In 2006, Dr. John Hamilton released The Little Black Mans Book: 10 Strategies To Help, To Discipline, and To Uplift the African American Man-child. This monumental mini-book filled a gap needed to assist parents (especially single female parents) to reach their African American man-child.

Since 2006, Dr. Hamilton has created and written additional curriculum to assist with the self-esteem and leadership skills of African American males. In addition, along with Dr. John Spruill III, Dr. Hamilton has tapped into hip-hop and pop culture by co-creating ProfessU.com a website dedicated to promoting the positive in hip-hop/pop culture and connecting them to education.

After eight years, Dr. Hamilton has decided to revisit The Little Black Mans Book with a second edition. However, in the second edition, he has given the title a facelift revealing The Little Black Mans Book: To Help, To Discipline, and To Uplift the African American Man-child. In addition to the mini-books title facelift, he has enlisted the assistance from retired Los Angeles Police Department Officer, Lloyd Scott. This mini-book discusses everything from Building Structure, Male Role Models, Hip-hop, Priority of Education to Interaction/Engagement With Law Enforcement.

The Little Black Mans Book is timely, because of all the racial aggressions and micro-aggressions African American young men have faced and continue to face from Trayvon Martin to Freddie Gray.

The purpose of The Little Black Mans Book is for parents, caretakers, educators and mentors to use the guides within the mini-book to assist with molding their man-child into a responsible and productive man. Moreover, this mini-book assists parents to help their man-child focus on creating a positive mindset, reframing negative issues, and promoting high expectations. The Little Black Mans Book reaches out to the single female parent, who needs guidance, assistance, and the will to reclaim her man-child or foster solutions to keep him on the straight and narrow.

This is an excellent resource for parents; schools; parent educators; parent advocacy groups, mentor programs; youth groups; Upward Bound; and any TRIO programs.
What are people saying about The Little Black Mans Book?

“The Little Black Mans Book allows me to be interactive with my man-child through dialogue.” — Single-Female Parent

“At last, a guide for single parents – especially single female parents as well as educators filled with easily accessible information on connecting with young African American males.” — Master Teacher
To place immediate orders for the book, a book signing, and/or interview contact:
Hamilton & Associates Consulting
PO Box 2627
Gardena, CA 90247
e-mail: johnhamiltonbooks@gmail.com
Books available via Hard Copy:

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Don’t Let Your Mother’s Day be Spoiled By a Scam Warns the BBB

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CHICAGO, IL – Mother’s Day is near and is one of the busiest shopping days for consumers; a fact that does not go un-noticed by scammers. Whether you purchase flowers, jewelry or gift cards the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to shop smart.

“Being just a few days away the pressure is on to find the perfect gift, but shoppers should not let their guard down,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “That’s especially true while shopping online.”

Consumers need to watch out for bogus online flower shops and jewelry stores, fake gift cards and Mother’s Day E-cards.

The BBB recommends the following when selecting Mother’s Day gifts in-store or online:

  • Do your homework. Before ordering flowers, jewelry or any other gifts for Mother’s Day, check out the company’s BBB Business Review at bbb.org. This is a great way to help prevent disappointment with the product or customer service.
  • Look for signs that online purchases are secure. At the point that you are providing your payment information, the beginning of the Web site address should change from http to shttp or https, indicating that the information is being encrypted – turned into code that can only be read by the seller. Your browser may also signal that the information is secure with a symbol, such as a broken key that becomes whole or a padlock that closes. Without this assurance, do not enter any of your personal information.
  • Never enter your personal information in a pop-up screen. When you visit a company’s website, an unauthorized pop-up screen created by an identity thief could appear, with blanks for you to provide your personal information. Legitimate companies don’t ask for personal information via pop-up screens. Install pop-up blocking software to avoid this type of scam.
  • Keep documentation of your order. When you’ve completed the online order process, there may be a final confirmation page and/or you might receive confirmation by email. Print or save that information and keep it handy in case you need it later.
  • Have a back-up plan. Make sure you understand the store’s guarantee. Find out how customer complaints are handled and what recourse you will have if the arrangement is not satisfactory. It’s best to use a credit card when ordering online, because you can dispute charges if the vendor doesn’t come through.
  • Allow time for shipping and delivery. Check with the retailer or website to be certain that you have allowed enough time for delivery. Make sure that this date is specified clearly and guaranteed when you order. If you order ahead of time, delivery and other charges will be less than last-minute or overnight shipping. Some florists offer discounts for deliveries a couple of days before a major holiday, since that helps them deal with the rush.
  • Make sure the business has your information. When it comes to flower delivery, there are times when delivery instructions need to be confirmed or a delivery driver needs additional directions. Making sure the florist has a call-back phone number or your cell phone to help them make sure your mom gets what you expect.

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Nashville, Indiana Named Among Top 20 Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine

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NASHVILLE, Ind. – Nashville, Indiana has been nationally recognized as one of America’s best small towns, securing a spot on Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns 2015” list. The magazine published its ever-popular list on April 16, with Indiana’s very own Nashville making the cut.

Highlighting Nashville’s lush landscape, arts heritage, and festive environment, Smithsonian Magazine selected Nashville for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere and history. Deemed a ‘bucolic, woodsy paradise for country music fans and art lovers alike,’ Smithsonian Magazine gives nod to the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, the Brown County Art Gallery, historic homes, handmade treasures and fall colors at the Brown County State Park.

This is the fourth year that the magazine has published the list, collaborating with geographical information company Esri to sort the country’s small towns (population less than 20,000) according to their number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities, eating establishments and other factors. Once sorted, Smithsonian Magazine researched to find towns commemorating milestones in 2015 such as anniversaries, openings, renovations and recoveries, narrowing down the list to the top 20.

“We are very honored and proud to be named one of the best small towns in the country,” says Jane Ellis, Executive Director at the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “People around here know how great of a place Nashville is, but this helps spread the word on a national level that our town truly is some place unique and special.”

Ellis encourages everyone to visit, “Hopefully this list will inspire everyone to come experience Nashville for themselves. Whether it is one of your favorite places to visit, a place you haven’t been to in a while or a destination you have never seen, Nashville is definitely worth checking out. Art, music, outdoor adventure and nearly 40 festivals year round—there really is something for everyone to enjoy here.”

To view the complete list of towns, as well as to read more about Nashville, please visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/?no-ist. More information on Nashville’s attractions and events also is available online at www.browncounty.com or by calling 812-988-7303.

About Brown County, Ind.: No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.

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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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