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Archive for June 9th, 2015

Chicago Immigrants Denounce City Complicity in Deportations

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Group begins campaign for accountability, points to the disproportionate placement of DUI checkpoints in Latino communities as anti-immigrant and contrary to the city of Chicago’s commitment to be a Sanctuary city for immigrants.

Although it calls itself immigrant-friendly, the city of Chicago actively aids and abets deportations through the racialized placement of DUI checkpoints. This is why on Monday, June 8, residents and local members of the undocumented community convened at City Hall to announce the launch of a campaign against the city’s racist policing and the criminalization of immigrant communities.

“84% of all DUI checkpoints are placed in African-American and Latino neighborhoods, despite that statistics show that driving under the influence happens at similar rates across race and predominantly white neighborhoods. By targeting Latino neighborhoods, Chicago police is not only being prejudiced, it’s also engaging in anti-immigrant behavior and abetting deportations,” Martin Unzueta, OCAD member.

“Driving under the influence is a serious public health issue, but deporting an individual who has made a mistake and who has tried to make up for it, does not make communities safer. If I had been deported for my DUI from several years ago, the only thing that would have been achieved is leaving my family without my support,” Felipe Diosdado, OCAD member with a DUI who has fought his deportation.

“The City of Chicago must address its responsibility when it comes to its role in putting immigrants in the path to deportation. As long as Latino communities are over-policed, immigrants cannot feel fully welcomed in Chicago,” Rosi Carrasco, OCAD organizer.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) invites members of the community to a community forum on June 11th, at 6:30 PM, at Universidad Popular (2801 S. Hamlin).Community members are invited to dialogue on the effect that police targeting tactics have on immigrant communities, what changes must occur, and how we can begin to work to bring about these necessary changes.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation

Clifford Law Offices Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Woman Killed by CTA Bus That Ran Red Light

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Clifford Law Offices filed a wrongful death complaint on behalf of the family of the 51-year-old woman from Flossmoor who was tragically killed Tuesday by a CTA bus that reportedly ran a red light and careened through a crosswalk and sidewalk full of pedestrians before crashing into a concrete wall at Michigan and Lake during rush hour Tuesday evening.

Aimee Coath had just left a meeting at her employer, The Gap, and was heading to the Metra Electric Line to meet family members for dinner in Flossmoor, when the No. 148 accordion-style bus struck her. Only the bus driver was on board. He was cited with several citations. The bus also hit several vehicles when it veered out of control in the downtown area.

“The Coath family was in the midst of planning Aimee’s daughter’s wedding and now this terrible tragedy has struck,” said Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at the firm. “This incident was so avoidable. The driver should have exercised more care in the operation of this bus. Aimee has been described as such a loving mother and a wonderful person. Her death is just so senseless.”

A complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court today, June 8, 2015, the lawsuit alleged that the driver failed to control the bus, disregarded a red light and drove at an excessive speed.  The Chicago Transit Authority as well as the individual driver were named as defendants in the case. The plaintiffs in the matter are her two adult surviving children, Elaine Wilson and John Wilson.

Eight others were injured and taken to area hospitals following the incident, including the bus driver. It has been reported that the 48-year-old driver worked part-time for the CTA since September.

“We are going to uncover every fact regarding this terrible tragedy so that the family can get the full truth about what happened to this warm and sensitive mother,” Clifford added.

Clifford Law Offices has extensive experience against the CTA including a $24.14 million verdict in 1991 on behalf of an eight-year-old boy who was struck by a CTA bus and left permanently brain damaged near his grammar school in Chicago. At the time, it was the largest damage award in the state’s history.

Attorneys at the firm have also settled a number of cases on behalf of those injured or killed by buses including a $5 million settlement on behalf of a father of two who was killed when struck by a bus assisting a student across the street in Bourbonnais in 2013, a $3.25 million settlement on behalf of a family whose husband/father of two was killed when he was run over by a CTA bus at Midway Airport in 2009, and a $1.6 million settlement last year on behalf of a 28-year-old woman who was dragged and run over by a CTA bus, suffering crushing injuries.

For further information or to talk to Clifford, contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela S. Menaker at (847) 721-0909.

Statement of Aimee Coath Family

We are devastated and heartbroken by the loss of our beloved mother who was tragically killed last week by a CTA bus.  Our mother was incredibly loving, kind, and energetic.  These past few days have been terribly difficult, but the support of all of our relatives and friends has provided us with the comfort to cope with this terrible loss.  We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.

We have hired Clifford Law Offices to seek answers to our questions.  We know that our lives have now been irreversibly changed and this action can never bring our dear mother back, but there has to be full disclosure of the facts as to why something like this could happen.  We cannot do this on our own, but through the civil justice system, we feel we will get the answers we want and the closure we need.  We hope those answers will also improve bus safety to spare others this heartbreak.

One week ago, our mom was excitedly planning a wedding and arranging to take a trip to the East Coast to be with us.  Instead, we buried her.  Now, there is only sorrow and tears as we try to cope with such a sudden, unexpected loss. We pray for our mom and we hope that others do not go through what our family must now endure forever.

Ferguson is Still Everywhere If You’re Black

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Op-Ed By Rika Tyler and T-Dubb-O

It’s been 250 days since our fallen brethren Michael Brown Jr. was fatally shot in Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, Mo. by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Wilson got rich, famous, and a vacation after killing Mike Brown, a phenomenon that is occurring all too often across the U. S. In fact, an MXGM (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement) study has reported that every 28 hours a Black person is killed by police. Accountability is the key. Accountability is the answer.

As you may remember, Wilson was not indicted and the community of the Saint Louis and Saint Louis County Region still suffers for it. Ferguson’s response sparked a movement and uprising from people of different congregations, ethnicities, genders, and ages nationwide to stand up against this system and be a voice for Black, brown, and oppressed people.

Since the killing of Michael Brown, there have been numerous similar killings and then protests, rallies, direct actions, and more. Yet it will not stop. From private attorneys to the Department of Justice, there have been several investigations of shootings of unarmed African-Americans; yet we still cannot fully attain the transparency or accountability that we deserve from police officers. Ferguson is still everywhere if you’re Black.

Therefore, we must start moving in a way to create our own narrative. This means doing our own investigations of these incidents involving officers, who are sworn to protect and serve us. The system itself also needs investigating.

In other words, we need policies that establish accountability. Accountability by police would mean them taking responsibility, being liable and answerable for these travesties of justice. Looking at what accountability actually means, can we as a nation say our police departments are truly held accountable for their fumbling of community relationships?

The constant mistakes, bad judgement, racist motives and lack of transparency would result in immediate termination in any other fields in this country. Why don’t normal morals and human standards apply to police officers?

They tell us police have the right to make it home. Well shouldn’t every citizen in this country have the right to make it home? Or how about the right to be able to sleep in your home and not be killed due to reckless gun fire by police like 7-year-old Aiyana Jones who was killed by Detroit police during a raid at her home. Final charges against Joseph Weekley, the cop who shot her, were dismissed early this year.

We must hold these officers accountable. In the Saint Louis Region there have been at least 10 more police involved killings since Michael Brown Jr. which happened in August of 2014. Around the nation, there are too many names to name with similar circumstances with no transparency and no justice in the system: Kimberly Randall King, Vonderritt Myers Jr., Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and more recently Freddie Gray of Baltimore.

Fortunately there are indictments of the officers in the Freddie Gray case, but for the most part around the country, there is currently no way to hold these departments accountable. It seems as if they run the nation and we serve them instead of the other way around.

During protests in Ferguson, municipalities established many unconstitutional rules. For example, they refused to wear name badges even after the Department of Justice said they were legally obligated to do so. They refused to identify themselves. They continued to use illegal unnecessary force against citizens. Ferguson Police officers even issued a five-second rule stating that a person could be subject to arrest if they stood still for longer than five seconds while protesting. A federal court ruled against it. Yet, police officers are still on the normal predator policing tactic.

The Department of justice released a report confirming all the racial targeting that the Ferguson police department practiced against people of color and oppressed people in general. Yet, police still use shoot first tactics because there is no one holding them accountable. Ferguson is still everywhere if you are Black.

T-Dubb-O, a Hip-Hop artist, is a director for Hands Up United, a grass roots organization building towards the liberation of oppressed Black, Brown and Poor people through education, art, civil disobedience, advocacy and agriculture.

Rika Tyler, a community organizer and advocate for children, is a program director of Hands Up United. She works to ensure programs are aligned to serving the community of Ferguson and the Greater St. Louis area.

This article is second of an op-ed series on behalf of the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform. The coalition, convened and led by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is comprised of over 30 national civil and human rights organizations, faith and community leaders working to address the nationwide epidemic of police brutality and lethal shootings, claiming the lives of Black men, women and youth; and provide necessary reforms to change the culture of policing in America. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Photo Captions: Rika Tyler and T-Dubb-O

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:

  • Carolyn Patricia Alsup – Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, Department of State
  • Paul Wayne Jones – Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, Department of State
  • Daniel H. Rubinstein – Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia, Department of State

President Obama also announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

  • Shannon Price Minter – Member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships

President Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.  I look forward to working with them.”

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

Carolyn Patricia Alsup, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, Department of State
Carolyn Patricia Alsup, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana, a position she has held since 2012.  Previously, Ms. Alsup served in the Department of State as Director of the Office of Central African Affairs from 2011 to 2012, Deputy Director of the Office of Central African Affairs from 2010 to 2011, Career Development Officer in the Bureau of Human Resources from 2008 to 2010, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Banjul, The Gambia from 2005 to 2007, Executive Assistant in the Economic Bureau from 2004 to 2005, and Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economics, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in 2004.  She was also an Examiner at the State Department Board of Examiners from 2003 to 2004, Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economics, Business and Agricultural Affairs from 2001 to 2003, Desk Officer in the Office of the Eastern Caribbean from 2000 to 2001, Economics Officer in the Office of Multilateral Trade from 1997 to 2000, Assistant Financial Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico (seconded to the Department of the Treasury) from 1995 to 1997, and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from 1993 to 1995.  Earlier, Ms. Alsup was a self-employed consultant and art gallery owner in Saint Petersburg, Florida and previously worked for Seaway Hotels Corporation, the City of Saint Petersburg, Ling-Temco-Vought Aerospace, the Washington D.C. Development Corporation, and S. C. Johnson & Son.  Ms. Alsup received a B.S. from Wellesley College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.A. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.
Paul Wayne Jones, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Poland, Department of State
Paul Wayne Jones, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, a position he has held since 2013.  Mr. Jones previously served as Ambassador to Malaysia from 2010 to 2013.  Prior to that, he served as Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009 to 2010.  He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines from 2005 to 2009 and at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria from 2004 to 2005.  Mr. Jones served as Director in the State Department’s Office of South Central Europe from 2001 to 2003 and as Director of the Office of the Secretariat Staff from 2000 to 2001.  From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Jones was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  His earlier assignments with the Department of State include postings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, and Russia.  Mr. Jones received a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. from the Naval War College.
Daniel H. Rubinstein, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia, Department of State
Daniel H. Rubinstein, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as the Special Envoy for Syria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, a position he has held since 2014.  Previously, Mr. Rubinstein served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2012 to 2014.  Prior to that, he was Consul-General at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem from 2009 to 2012, Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit for the Multinational Force and Observers in Sinai, Egypt from 2008 to 2009, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2005 to 2008.  He also served as Director of the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs from 2004 to 2005, Science Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 2002 to 2004, and Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria from 1999 to 2002.  His earlier assignments with the Department of State include postings in Angola, Israel, and Tunisia.  Mr. Rubinstein received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

President Obama announced his appointment of the following individual to a key Administration post:

Shannon Price Minter, Appointee for Member, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
Shannon Price Minter is Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a position he has held since 2000.  He has served at NCLR since 1993, first as a National Association of Public Interest Law Fellow and then Senior Staff Attorney.  Mr. Minter has lectured and served as an adjunct professor at various universities, including Santa Clara Law School in 2004, the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2003, and Stanford Law School in 2001.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute and the Board of Directors of Gender Spectrum.  Mr. Minter is a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Board of Directors of Equality California, and the Advisory Board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.  He received Stanford Law School’s National Public Service Award in 2008, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award in 2005, and the Equality California Justice Award in 2005.  Mr. Minter received a B.A. from University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Stop Republicans From Rigging Elections: Sign The Petition

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Letters to Editors

Across the country, Republicans are attacking the right to vote. But Hillary Clinton is fighting back! On Thursday, she proposed a bold plan to expand early voting to at least 20 days before elections!

We need your help to cut off Republican attacks on voting rights. Join Cheri in demanding Congress expand early voting nationwide:

Sign Your Name >>

Across the country, Republicans are doing everything they can to restrict access to voting.

Why? They want to make it as hard as possible for young people, poor people, and people of color to vote — and rig elections in their favor.

But Hillary Clinton is taking a stand! On Thursday, she announced a bold new proposal to expand early voting nationwide to at least 20 days.

Cheri’s standing with Hillary against the Republican war on voting. If you’re with us, will you sign your name now to demand Congress expand early voting nationwide?

In the 21st century, we should be encouraging more people to vote, not putting up roadblocks — fortunately, Hillary Clinton is fighting back against the Republican attacks.

Don’t let Republicans rig elections in their favor. Demand Congress makes it easier to vote:


Thanks for stepping up,


Every Student Should be Able to go to College

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In today’s economy, having a college degree can mean the difference between “You’re hired” and the silent treatment.

There’s no denying it — having a college education sets you apart.

That’s why President Obama’s plan to make community college free for every student that puts in the effort is such a great idea. It gives every student that works hard the opportunity to go to college and succeed, regardless of financial circumstance.

We should be fighting for every student to have the same opportunities for success. Show your support for the President’s plan by adding your name today.

A 21st century economy requires workers to be more skilled, more adaptable, and better educated than ever before.

American workers are the best in the world — and broad access to higher education is one of the best ways we can stay competitive. We shouldn’t be limiting access to college based solely on who can already afford to pay or take on huge student loans.

Let’s stand up for expanding this opportunity to every student that’s willing to work for it — join in now:




Jack Shapiro
National Issues Campaign Manager
Organizing for Action

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Starts June 20th at the Goodman Theatre

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Check out Playwright Christopher Durang and cast in rehearsals for the Chicago premiere of his Broadway hit, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Steve Scott (starts June 20). 

The Broadway smash sensation makes its Chicago premiere! Christopher Durang’s “deliriously funny” (The New York Times) Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike follows siblings Vanya (Ross Lehman) and Sonia (Janet Ulrich Brooks), who spent their adult years trapped in mundane lives at their family’s cottage, caring for their ailing parents, while their self-involved sister Masha (Mary Beth Fisher), a glamorous movie star, has traveled the world in decadent style. After their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (E.Faye Butler) warns Vanya and Sonia of impending doom, Masha arrives unannounced, accompanied by her hunky young lover Spike (Jordan Brown), who sparks a friendship with the beautiful girl next door Nina (Rebecca Buller) much to Masha’s dismay. When Masha reveals plans that will upend the family, long-repressed resentments bubble over in a weekend full of wild costume parties, voodoo dolls and surprise romance.

Get connected! Follow @GoodmanTheatre and #AndSpikeChi for behind-the-scenes content and more.

16 Chicago Nonprofits to Receive Grants From Illinois Bar Foundation

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CHICAGO, IL – Sixteen Chicago nonprofit agencies are among 23 law-related nonprofit organizations statewide that have been awarded grants from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

Among the Chicago organizations receiving grants are the following:

Chicago Loop:

CARPLS – $10,000

Center for Disability and Elder Law – $5,000

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services – $10,000

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic – $10,000

Farmworkers and Landscaper Advocacy Project – $5,000

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center – $7,500

Illinois Equal Justice Foundation – $5,000

Illinois Legal Aid Online – $15,000

Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing – $7,500

Lakeview: Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation – $5,000

Lawndale: Lawndale Christian Legal Center – $5,000

Little Village: Chicago Law and Education Foundation – $5,000

River West: Cabrini Green Legal Aid – $10,000

River North: Public Interest Law Initiative – $15,000

University Village/Little Italy: Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired – $5,000

Uptown: Uptown People’s Law Center – $5,000

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the Foundation will distribute more than $400,000 in grants to legal aid organizations across the state of Illinois, and to support attorneys and their families in need. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.

Draft Biden 2016 Outreach Director to Visit New Hampshire

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Ron Jackson, Outreach Director at Draft Biden 2016, will visit New Hampshire to meet with local elected officials, union members, community activists, and media to continue to build momentum around drafting Vice President Joe Biden to run for President in 2016.

Jackson will arrive in New Hampshire on June 10th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to hold scheduled meetings in the Manchester area. He leaves on June 12th at noon.

With momentum in Iowa generated by a visit from Draft Biden 2016 Executive Director Will Pierce in April, the organization plans to continue similar groundwork in New Hampshire.

It is vital Vice President Biden has a team ready in the first primary state if he announces a decision to run.

Support among New Hampshire residents for a Biden candidacy will send a strong message to national party leaders. By solidifying relationships with crucial constituencies in the Granite State, Draft Biden 2016 will provide a foundation on which to allow a Biden candidacy for President to succeed in 2016.

About Draft Biden
Draft Biden 2016, is a SuperPAC organized to spearhead the support Vice President Biden will need to heed to run for President in 2016

In just two months of work by former staffers and campaign veterans, Draft Biden 2016 has gathered close to 80,000 signatures.

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

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs Announces Online Auction for Unclaimed Property

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Live Auction June 22-26, Sale Preview Underway

SPRINGFIELD – Silver bars, commemorative coins, stamps, and jewelry are among the 9,500 items worth $76 million to be auctioned online June 22-26, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

“Our unclaimed property team works hard to return valuables to their rightful owners. If the property goes unclaimed for 10 years, the items are auctioned to make room for incoming unclaimed items,” Frerichs said.

Other auction items include vintage cards of Stan Musial, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor. Baseball Digest magazines with covers of Billy Williams, Johnny Bench, and Brooks Robinson also are available.

Auction items have been appraised by an outside vendor. Auction participants can register at illinoistreasurer.gov and click on the Unclaimed Property Auction link. For questions, call 217.557-8567.

The Illinois Treasurer’s office is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. Items are auctioned after private and public entities tried for at least 10 years to locate the owners. The office secures more than $2 billion in unclaimed property. Individuals can search by name at illinoistreasurer.gov or 217.785.6998. Because thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check every six months.

Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property. Auction proceeds will be held for rightful owners until they are identified.

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. Currently, the portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of principal and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s Office predates Illinois incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office.

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