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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus: Latest Cuts are an Attack on the Working Poor and Low Income Families

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Earlier this week, Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed another round of targeted cuts, primarily aimed at low income working class families and people who are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus is appalled by the governor’s decision to eliminate services that are critical necessities for families and communities around Illinois.

Governor Rauner is outlining plans to cut the Community Care Program, which provides in-home services to enable seniors to live at home with dignity and independence.

“The Black Caucus has made it clear that certain programs, that affect our communities, simply need to go untouched because they allow people to live a sustainable lifestyle,” said Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford, who is also Joint Black Caucus Chairman. “The Community Care program is put in place to save taxpayer’s money. Now our seniors will lose their independence and be shipped off to nursing homes.”

Several programs directly impacting communities of color are severely slashed, leaving the working poor with few options to make up for lack of assistance. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is losing its matching funds from the state, which will force an estimated 155,000 families to lose heating assistance and 60,000 families to lose cooling assistance.

The state portion of the LIHEAP is funded from a monthly charge on utility customers. State law only allows money in the LIHEAP fund to only be spent for that purpose.

“Without approval from the General Assembly, the LIHEAP cut will just be another one of Gov. Rauner’s failed attempts to hurt working families,” Leader Lightford said. “The cut to LIHEAP is illegal.”

“These budget cuts punish everyone who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth,” said Representative Rita Mayfield, Chairwoman on the House Black Caucus. “A community that’s already marginalized cannot be marginalized even more with vicious attacks that solely affect the working poor.”

The Child Care Assistance Program, which provides child care services to low income families, is increasing its co-pay. It’s estimated increasing co-pays will cost Illinois families $10 million, while already living on a restricted incomes. Not only is Governor Rauner increasing the co-pays, his administration is putting a hold on new enrollees and freezing the waiting list.

“Increased co-pays will gouge deeper into working families budgets leaving them with no other option but state assistance,” said Senator Emil Jones III, Chairman of the Senate Black Caucus. “Since the Governor took office, he has been itching to eliminate this program that helps low income families.  What does the Governor have against parents who are trying to provide for their children?”

#TraumaCenterNow Activists Face Bond Court this Morning, 2 days After UofC Decision to Arrest Them Instead of Engage in Long-Called for Meeting

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Will hold a press conference at  155 W 51st (34th Branch Bond Court), Friday, June 5th at 10 a.m.

CHICAGO, IL -  It has now been two days since nine Trauma Center activists were brutally removed from a peaceful sit-in of the UofC administration building and placed into police custody. Trauma Care Coalition members and supporters will be gathering in solidarity to support the nine activists as they face bond court this morning at 155 W 51St, and will be holding a press conference at 10am.

On Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of the University of Chicago’s Alumni Weekend, members of the Trauma Center Coalition began a peacefully sit-in in the University of Chicago Administration Building, with the goal of procuring a meeting with University President Robert Zimmer, who has refused to meet with the group for over 5 years despite repeated appeals from a variety of local groups and a deepening healthcare crisis and increasing violence on the South Side of Chicago.

Within hours of the group presenting their demands on Wednesday afternoon,  the University of Chicago Police Department and Firefighters cut through drywall with axes, broke through the windows of the administration building, and forcibly removed and arrested the protestors.

Since the arrests, Allies and supporters have maintained a constant presence at the jail and have held a prayer vigil, where this petition was circulated in solidarity with the arrestees.

The Trauma Care Coalition’s week of actions disrupting UChicago’s Alumni Weekend celebrations, launched by the sit-in on Wednesday, will continue with even greater community support throughout the weekend as activists demand the meeting with President Robert Zimmer.

“It continues to amaze and frighten me that the UofC administration would go to such lengths to avoid meeting with Trauma Center Activists,” said Coalition member Danny Kaplan, “President Zimmer’s actions make it clearer and clearer that he doesn’t value black lives on the South Side.”

“The actions of the University on  were profoundly disturbing and made it clear that the ‘reasonable discourse’ that they are always promoting is a myth,” commented Fearless Leading by the Youth member Darrius Lightfoot, “The University showed itself to be a brutal and hostile institution.”

Trauma activists are demanding:

  • UofC file no charges against trauma care activists
  • UofC pursue no disciplinary action against arrested activists

In addition to re-stating the demands of the sit-in:

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ.

The South Side is currently a trauma desert for adults, meaning that victims of shootings and other serious injuries must be taken over ten miles away, to the Near North Side or south west suburbs. The call for trauma care is also supported by a new study by the Illinois Department of Public Health which states that longer travel times to a trauma center increases the likelihood of dying, the study also states that the U of C is best positioned to expand access to trauma care, and that the U of C could further raise the age limit of their pediatric trauma center.

In the News
“Here’s What U of C Should Do for the City” Crain’s Chicago Business
“Protestors link Obama library with #BlackLivesMatter,” Bloomberg
“UofC Wants to Raise Age Limit at Pediatric Trauma Center,” The Chicago Sun-Times
“UofC Aims to Expand Treatment at Children’s Trauma Center,” The Chicago Tribune
“Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center ,” Progress Illinois
“Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center,” Hyde Park Herald
“South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune
“University of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Opened,” Progress Illinois
“Chicago needs help, not Obama Library,” LZ Granderson, CNN.com
“Activists protest university’s bid for Obama Library,” USA Today
U of C Barricade Torn Down, 9 Arrested at Trauma Center Protest,” DNAinfo
Trauma Center Protesters Arrested at University of Chicago” Chicago Sun-Times

Follow @TraumaCenterNow and hashtags #TraumaCenterNow, #FreeTCC9, and #StillWaitingUChi on twitter for updates.

CPC, CBC, CHC and CAPAC Chairs Applaud Amendment to End Racial Profiling

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) applauded the passage by voice vote through the House of Representatives of an amendment to prevent the Department of Justice, the FBI and local law enforcement from using money in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to engage in profiling based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender and sexual orientation.

“When law enforcement profiles a person based on skin tone or appearance, they diminish that individual’s humanity,” said Rep. Grijalva. “It sews the seeds of distrust in the victim and their community, and sends a message that those enlisted to serve and protect will, in fact, do neither. Those sentiments could not be further from the truth for countless men and women who risk their lives as first responders, which makes the need to ban profiling all the more urgent.”

“Diversity is America’s strength, but discrimination by law enforcement undermines that strength,” Rep. Ellison said. “The amendment passed by the House of Representatives today will protect Americans from racial profiling. I want to thank my colleagues in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus today for moving us closer to ending discrimination in our nation.”

“I applaud the passage of the amendment to end racial profiling.  It is critical that we, as members of Congress, work to take bold, vigorous, and steadfast action by challenging any and all policies that would permit racial discrimination and profiling,” said Rep. Butterfield. “Racial profiling is having a negative impact in communities across the country and we must continue our efforts to ensure such discriminatory policies cease.  Today is a step forward in our work to end profiling and policies based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender and sexual orientation.”

“Racial profiling has no place in our country, and as such, we should ensure that taxpayer dollars do not support law enforcement activity that uses discriminatory practices,” Rep. Sánchez said. “Latinos and minorities – like all other Americans – deserve equal justice under the law. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus joins the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in leading this appropriations effort that is so critically important to protecting communities of color.”

“Racial profiling isn’t just a violation of our principles, it’s an ineffective practice that hurts our safety by weakening the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect,” Rep. Chu said. “It trains police to see people of color as threats, not individuals. The Federal Government should have no role in supporting this discrimination, and I am so pleased that our amendment was adopted today. Building on the new guidelines released by the FBI earlier this year, this amendment will take us one step closer towards a more just country for all.”

Legendary Musician and Singer Prince to Donate Proceeds From “Rally 4 Peace” Concert to NAACP

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The NAACP is excited to announce that Grammy-award winning artist and legendary pop icon Prince will donate a portion of the proceeds from his “Rally 4 Peace” — the surprise concert announced in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death and the unrest that followed — to the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) in an effort to inspire and empower Baltimore’s youth. The amount to be donated is currently undisclosed.

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is an achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Students compete year-round in a series of regional competitions, all culminating in the 37th annual Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition in Philadelphia on July 9th to July 12th during the 106th NAACP Annual Convention. ACT-SO includes 29 categories of competition in STEM, humanities, business, and culinary, performing and visual arts. More than almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:
“The NAACP is both humbled and delighted to receive such a generous donation from such an iconic musical figure. Prince is an artist that not only makes us think, but also inspires us to act. His new song aptly titled, ‘Baltimore’ asks the question, ‘Does anybody hear us pray, for Michael Brown and Freddie Gray?’ These words will resonate through the ears, hearts and minds of all who hear. Our Association is beyond grateful for this tremendous gift. Young people throughout the city of Baltimore will grow stronger and go further in school and in life because of this donation. We look forward to working with Prince on future endeavors.”

From Larry Brown Jr., NAACP National ACT-SO Director:
“We are tremendously grateful for Prince’s thoughtful and benevolent gift. We continue to applaud and uplift his desire for social change, justice and peace in every community, particularly communities of color. The momentous ‘Rally 4 Peace’ marked the resurgence of a movement that unites arts and activism. The youth of Baltimore have a greater opportunity to engage with ACT-SO, to pursue their scholastic and cultural dreams, and ultimately change the world.”

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the United Kingdom and Italy

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In London, the First Lady will participate in events for the Let Girls Learn initiative; in Milan, she will lead the Presidential Delegation to the World’s Fair; in Vicenza, she will visit US military service members and their families at US Army Garrison Vicenza

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to London, Milan, and Vicenza from June 15-21, 2015.  Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative and following her recent visits to Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will visit London where she will meet with students and discuss how the UK and the U.S. are working together to expand access to girls education around the world – supporting adolescent girls in completing their education.

As part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015 representing our steadfast commitment to a healthier nation.  The Presidential Delegation will tour the USA Pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” and participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities.

And as part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will visit members of the military and their families stationed in Vicenza, Italy.  The First Lady will also visit cultural sites in Venice before returning to Washington, DC.

Additional information on the First Lady’s travel, including information on the Presidential Delegation to Milan Expo 2015, will be released as it becomes available in the coming days.

Support Energy Jobs Bill

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Op-Ed By Joe Gibbons
Much has been made about America’s new role as the world’s leading exporter of energy. Much less, though, has been said about the need to educate and train minorities for lucrative jobs in the nation’s energy industry. If there ever was a compelling goal for America in the 21st century, this is it.

Fortunately, there is legislation before Congress that will kickstart that effort, open the doors to jobs and careers to a larger segment of Americans and boost an important sector of this country’s economy – the 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act of 2014, (H.R.4526).

The bill, originally sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., focuses on increasing the number of skilled minorities and women trained to work in the energy sector and requires the secretaries of Energy, Education and Labor to set up a comprehensive education and training program to boost minority participation in energy’s employment, entrepreneurial and ownership opportunities.

The oil and gas industry has wrestled with this issue for years, but a look at industry figures show that crafting an answer has been difficult. In 2014, for example, the American Petroleum Institute released a study that showed blacks represent about 8 percent of employees in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors – and just 6 percent of management, business and financial jobs.

What the energy sector already knows is that thanks to the growing demand worldwide for American energy, the industry must increase its employment opportunities for African Americans, women, Hispanics, veterans and other underserved communities.

Thanks to the anticipated industry growth, retirements and job turnover, the API study projects as many as 1.3 million new job opportunities through 2030 in the oil, gas and petrochemical sectors, and believes blacks and Hispanics potentially could fill a third of those positions.

The dirty secret of lack of diversity also plagues the clean energy sector. According to the Solar Foundation’s 2013 National Solar Jobs Census, African Americans made up only 6 percent of the industry’s employment base. The numbers were better for women at 19 percent and for Hispanics, nearly 16 percent. Like the energy sector overall, women and ethnic minorities make up a smaller share of the solar workforce than of the broader U.S. economy.

Fortunately, Rush and other members of the House Energy and Power Subcommittee see the benefit of increasing opportunities for minorities within all sectors of the energy industry. The jobs supported by energy efficiency are diverse and require the skills that are now available in America’s workforce.

Not only would their bill provide students and job candidates with skills and certification for skilled and semi-skilled employment opportunities in the industry, but the bill also establishes a clearinghouse to serve as a resource on industry training programs for schools and workforce development programs.

The Energy Equity Alliance, along with other civil rights organizations and other non-profit groups that advocate for cleaner and more affordable energy support Rush’s efforts to provide greater opportunities for Americans in a vibrant and lucrative part of the American economy. We urge Congress to approve H.R. 4526 and send this badly needed jobs bill to the president’s desk.

Joe Gibbons is chairman and CEO of the Energy Equity Alliance, a national nonprofit that advocates for affordable clean renewable energy and better conservation policies for America’s low-income and minority energy consumers. He can be reached at 954-684-1880 or Joe@energyequityalliance.org.

Photo: Joe Gibbons

President Obama Honors World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

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President Barack Obama’s Remarks:

Hello, everybody!  Have a seat, have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  For these folks I guess it’s welcome ¬back. This is the third time in the last five years — the World Champion, the San Francisco Giants!

We have a lot of Giants fans in the house.  We’ve got some members of Congress, including Leader Nancy Pelosi.  Mayor Lee is here.  The outstanding CEO of the Giants, Larry Baer. I am particularly honored to have a couple of trailblazing Hall of Famers here — Monte Irvin.  And the “Say Hey Kid” — Willie Mays.  And, of course, we’ve got a manager who seems to be making his own case for Cooperstown, Bruce Bochy.

So this is quite a crew that we’ve got up here.  They have won three titles in five years — probably only matched soon by the Blackhawks, who are — but that’s hockey so I’ll — This is the first National League team in almost 70 years to do that.  They have not lost a playoff series since 2003.  And they’re doing it all at a time when we’ve got more playoff teams than ever, more parity than we’ve seen in a long time.  I mean, even the Cubs have a shot this year.  And I continue to hold out hope that the White Sox can turn it around.

But all that parity seems to wipe away whenever the Giants make the playoffs.  I mean, the truth is, it seems like if they get in, they’ll probably win it.  They’ve got that “even year” magic.  They’ve got that championship experience.  I seem to be good luck for them.  And I guess they do have one other thing — Madison Bumgarner.

So last October, Madison put together a string of performances that I think is pretty hard to believe — and I’m not talking about his locker room celebrations. Twenty-five years old and is already one of the best pitchers in postseason history.  For his career, he’s 4-0 with a 0.25 ERA in the World Series.  Last year, he set a new record for postseason innings pitched.

And of course, there’s Game 7, which is what kids in their backyards dream about.  Madison came in from the bullpen on just two days’ rest after throwing a complete game shutout in Game 5.  He throws five more scoreless innings to wrap up the title with one of the greatest performances in World Series history.  As a courtesy to my Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, I won’t mention the team he beat.  He’s from Kansas City.

But you can’t win a World Series — or you certainly can’t win three of them — just with one guy.  The Giants have those pillars that all great teams have.  Buster Posey.  Matt Cain.  Tim Lincecum couldn’t be here today, but obviously has made an enormous contribution.  The Core Four out of the bullpen.

And then there are guys like Yusmeiro Petit, who set a world League record by retiring 46 consecutive batters during the season. Veteran All-Star Tim Hudson.  Joe Panik, a rookie last year.  And, of course, we’ve got Hunter Pence.  I told Hunter I was going to talk about him a little bit.  He was not only named to the All-Star team — he inspired a craze of signs from opposing fans like “Hunter Pence eats pizza with a fork,” “Hunter Pence likes Godfather 3.” Not everybody would have laughed at those signs, but not everybody is Hunter Pence.

So it was another great season for the Giants.  But what’s best about this organization is the example they set off the field.  Their Junior Giants program works to get our young people active, teaches them skills like self-esteem and teamwork and leadership.  They’ve given out nearly $500,000 in scholarships to students.

Today, I’m proud to announce that the Giants Community Fund is teaming up with San Francisco State University and Major League Baseball to build a multimillion-dollar Junior Giants Urban Youth Academy, complete with training facilities, classrooms, batting cages, two baseball fields.

The Academy will target boys and girls from underserved areas of San Francisco and will include mentoring and tutoring, and college prep programming.  It’s the kind of initiative that fits right in with the goals of our My Brother’s Keeper initiative to keep all of our young people out of trouble and give them the opportunity to stretch as far as their dreams will take them.  And it builds on the work that Major League Baseball is already doing to lift up young people in communities like Compton and New Orleans, and right here in Washington, D.C.

So it’s a tremendous commitment from a tremendous team.  Congratulations, everybody. Good luck this year.  We’re proud of you.  Everybody give a big round of applause.  The San Francisco Giants.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Graduating University of Chicago Students Occupy Admissions Building to Stop Budget Cuts and Layoffs in Midst of $4.5 Billion Capital Campaign

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University of Chicago continues to put prestige before people, say students. Where is the money going?

Graduating students at the University of Chicago have just started a sit-in on the first floor of Rosenwald Hall (admissions) at 1101-11 E 58th St. Students say they are sitting in to protest cuts to the jobs and salaries of low-wage workers, including students, and will not leave until the University agrees to negotiate regarding protections for student jobs and other low-wage employment, and releasing detailed information about the proposed cuts. Campus police are expected to attempt to remove students by 4:30 p.m. when the building closes.

A rally outside Rosenwald is beginning to form, with students holding signs demanding that the university stop prioritizing its image over the lives of the people who work, study, and live here. In the past several years the University has spent $1.5 billion to remodel the campus and rise in the rankings–enough to pay for the proposed cuts dozens of times over–while vital services like student counseling, and sexual assault prevention and survivor support are already severely underfunded.

“I’m sitting in because I needed my work-study job for groceries and rent,” said graduating student Julianna Estall. Another senior, Ava Benezra, said, “I’m sitting in because I’m ashamed to attend a university that time and again chooses to further a corporate agenda over the interests of students and South Side residents.”

FOLLOW THE ACTION ON TWITTER: #NoCutsUChi @SSNUChicago @IIRONAction @peopleslobbyusa

Impact of the cuts:

  • Losses of jobs and hours for lowest-paid workers in maintenance and IT, including students, many of whom need University jobs to pay for school, food, and housing.

  • These job losses hurt the local economy, since the University is the single biggest employer on the South Side

  • Increased tuition and fees, including in graduate divisions without financial aid

  • Reductions in administrative staff, meaning more work for faculty

  • Cuts to academic budgets, causing more reliance on underpaid adjunct and graduate student work

What is not being cut:

  • Salaries of top administrators, whose pay has gone up 75% in the last five years

  • The budget for the Office of Admissions, the only department not being cut

  • Budget for new developments, including a new campus residence hall and recently acquired properties in Washington Park, near the proposed site of the Obama Presidential Library

The students sitting in are graduating students representing a coalition of on-campus organizations dedicated to fighting for economic, racial, and gender justice at the University of Chicago and beyond.


Cicero Police Collaborates with Immigration Officials (ICE)

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The Mission Be Life and families from the back of the yards neighborhood are calling a press conference to denounce the collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and the police of Cicero.

On May 18th, immigration officials in cooperation with Cicero police arrested Hector Navarrete and Hugo Martinez. ICE and Cicero police knocked on Navarrete and Martinez home with the excuse that they were looking for a “fugitive” individual. As soon as the door opened, enforcement officials began to ask all the members in the home questions and for identification papers. Navarrete and Martinez were not the individuals officials were looking for. They never have had any contact with immigration authorities prior to this incident.

Adriana Aguilar Gonzalez, wife of Navarrete said that her two daughters are been destroyed due to the unjust and forceful removal of their father from their home. Both, Navarrete and Martinez have resided in the US for a long time. They both have family who are US citizens. If they get deported to their home country in Mexico, their families in the US would suffer extreme hardship, both financially and mentally.

The press conference is being held to denounce the use of Poli-Migra practices in the town of Cicero – the collaboration between immigration federal officials (ICE) and local police (Cicero Police). It will be held Friday, June 5 at 11:15 a.m., at 2057 W. 51 Street Chicago, Illinois 60609

Family and community members are demanding their immediate release from immigration custody. They are being currently held in Dodge County Jail, WI.

Love ones of  Navarrete and Martinez will be available for interview.

For more information, contact: José G. Herrer at 773 632-9992.

President Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration

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The President declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding beginning on May 4, 2015, and continuing.

The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding also is available to state, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the counties of Cooke, Gaines, Grimes, Harris, Hays, Navarro, and Van Zandt.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kevin L. Hannes as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

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