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McKinney Incident Shows Need for Police Retraining: National Urban League’s Morial

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NEW YORK  — National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement in response to the McKinney, Texas, pool party:

“Reports of police brutality against teenagers in McKinney, Texas, are distressing not only because it is the latest in a string of high-profile, allegedly racially-motivated incidents, but also because it reflects a trend of officers exacerbating, rather than de-escalating a potentially violent situation.

“In the wake of these incidents, the National Urban League has called for comprehensive retraining of police personnel, and little else demonstrates the need than the video of an agitated McKinney officer slamming a young girl to the ground and pulling a gun on an unarmed group of teens.

“We’ve seen too many episodes of police treating the communities they’re charged with protecting as enemy combatants. “Save Our Cities,” is he theme of the National Urban League Annual Conference, and incidents like this one show our cities need saving indeed.  Texas authorities must send a strong message that this kind of poor judgement and recklessness will not be tolerated.  We ask for a thorough investigation and discipline of the officer involved, and we pray for healing in McKinney and across the nation.”

Jesse, Pfleger threatened with arrest at Chuck’s Gun Shop

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By Chinta Strausberg

In a standoff with Riverdale police who were guarding the controversial Chuck’s Gun Shop & Pistol Range, officers Saturday threatened to arrest Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger who demanded to talk to the owner about the 1500 guns used in Chicago in criminal acts between 2009 and 2013 that were allegedly purchased at Chuck’s.

Jackson, who came with one busload of Rainbow PUSH Coalition members and Pfleger who had two buses, joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence’s “Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers” campaign, Purpose Over Pain with Pam Bosley, Colleen Daley with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), Million Moms March, Moms From Moms Demand Action and Joy McCormack with Chicago Citizens for Change, to demand Chuck adopt sensible gun laws.

This year, Riverdale police had cordoned off the pro-Chuck Gun Shop supporters; however they held up their pro-gun signs, taunted the protesters and chanted “gangs are your problem, not Chuck’s.”

According to Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign and Daley, Chuck’s is contributing to gun violence in Chicago. He said, “Chuck’s is one of Chicago’s ‘bad apple’ gun dealers…part of the 5 percent of gun dealers in America who supply 90 percent of guns used in crimes.

“From 2009 to 2013, 1,516 guns recovered in crimes in Chicago were traced back to Chuck’s,” Gross said. He urged Chuck’s to abide by the Brady Campaign’s Gun Dealer Code of Conduct that prevents sales to straw buyers who in turn sell guns illegally to gang members.

In addressing nearly 300 people, Pfleger said, “Gun violence is an epidemic in Chicago and around he country….2600 people shot in 2014, over 148 killed since January 1st. That is almost one a day. Over the July 4th weekend when we’re celebrating independence, in Chicago last year 14 killed, 68 shot in a weekend.

“Last night in Chicago 3 were killed and 10 were shot just last night in Chicago. The NRA lobby, the gun manufacturers and John Riggio from Chuck’s try to make you think I am a gun grabber…. I am a life lover, and I love life more than the death they are perpetrating,” Pfleger said.

“I am tired of the NRA. I am tired of them prostituting themselves and buying politicians in this country. I am tired of gun manufacturers and John Riggio making money off the blood running down our streets and our children laying in cemeteries while they live in gated communities where there are no gun                                                                                                                                                         shops like Chuck’s.”

Pfleger said he wants Chuck’s to be responsible  including titling guns like cars “Make gun ownership responsible…. The flow of guns in our streets and the bodies lying in our streets are directly tied to places like Chuck’s Gun shop. Enough Chuck’s. We’re tired of your shady gun practices.”

Rev. Jackson told the crowd, “Stop the violence, save the children.” Jackson said the next big anti=-gun march will be in Barrington, Illinois where guns are manufactured.

Referring to Spike Lee’s movie, Chiraq, Jackson said, “It is Chiraq.” Jackson said more people were killed in Chicago than in Iraq. “It’s also a shame….” Jackson said police a “walking target” every day. He said they are fighting a “death machine.”

Bosley, who lost her son, Terrell, to gun violence, said, “We need commonsense gun laws….. The first year when my son was taken, I tried to take my life twice; so the goal is for us to save other mother’s and father’s who are going through this.”

Referring to the pro-Chuck protesters who claim the gun violence in Chicago is due to gangs, Bosley disagreed saying her son did everything right including being in college, working and a member of a church band. “They are not all gangbangers…,” she said. “The reason I fight the way I do is because I cannot afford to lose another child in the streets of Chicago. I can’t do it no more…. Get the laws together…. Nobody is exempt” in the gun violence war.

Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th), who was at the protest, said she introduced a bill that would title guns like car; however, it remains in committee. “This struggle to preserve life will take our total commitment because we are engaged with a long-distance race with a culture that celebrates violence in our movies, in the media and in our music….”

Representing the millennium generation, activist  Camiella D. Williams sad she once went into Chuck Gun Shop and though she did not have identification or a FOIA card. She said one man “walked out with an AK 47 and went to 80th and Ashland. They don’t hunt there….”

After the speakers told their stories about losing their loved ones due to gun violence, led by Jackson and Pfleger, they marched by Chuck’s Gun Shop but were prevented from entering by three Riverdale police and later by John Riggio, the owner who refused them entry citing the store was closed for a lunch break.

And, when Jackson and Pfleger refused to move and clear the sideway, police threatened to arrest them. Pfleger yelled out, “We ain’t going no where” then sat down in front of the door of Chuck’s store. Supporters began cnating, “Shame on Chucks,” and “shame on Riverdale.” Then began singing “I Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around.” Jackson then led in prayer.

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

Congressional Black Caucus and Democrats of the Joint Economic Committee to Hold Public Forum and Press Conference in Baltimore

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The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges in the African American Community

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Ranking Democrat on the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold a public forum and press conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to discuss the impact of economic challenges and persistent inequities facing African American communities across the country.

Reps. Butterfield, Maloney and Cummings will be joined by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Joint Economic Committee, House Democratic members of the Maryland Delegation, and community leaders.

Participants will hold a press conference immediately following the event.


Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC)

Joint Economic Committee Ranking Democrat Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD)


A public forum, entitled: “The American Dream on Hold: Economic Challenges in the African American Community”


Tuesday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.


The University of Baltimore – Learning Commons

1415 Maryland Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland  21201

NAACP Statement on the Indictment of Former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager

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BALTIMORE, Md. — On Monday, June 8th, a South Carolina grand jury indicted former North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager, for the April shooting death of Walter L. Scott. In light of this development, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The grand jury’s decision to indict Michael Slager for the death of Walter Scott is illustrative of the type of action we need to see in cases where unarmed citizens are met with excessive and oftentimes fatal force. While this indictment is encouraging, it is only a first step in what will likely be a long judicial process. The NAACP will be closely monitoring the proceedings as we continue to seek justice for Walter Scott and his family. Mr. Scott’s death is a heartbreaking symptom of the untested and overaggressive policing culture that has become commonplace in communities of color across this nation. Whether the force occurs at a pool party in McKinney, Texas or during the routine arrest of an unarmed man in Baltimore, Maryland, the indefensible fear of black and brown bodies and the abuse of power by those unlawful few in blue uniforms and gold badges have produced heartbreaking results.  The NAACP will not stand down until accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Mr. Scott and the countless other men and women who have been the victims of racial profiling and excessive.”

From Dr. Lonnie Randolph, NAACP South Carolina State Conference President:
“While we cannot celebrate any indictment, we do recognize this development as an important and necessary second step in the process.  The third and most challenging and unpredictable component will be reached when the defendant faces a jury of his peers. The South Carolina State Conference will continue pushing for statewide legislation mandating police reforms that address the actions and attitudes of law enforcement personnel, including body worn cameras for all police. While the video of former police officer Michael Slager firing his gun eight times at 50-year-old Walter Scott has been brandished into our collective conscious, the announcement of this indictment reminds us all that the judicial process is not stagnant. We will be monitoring this case closely to ensure that justice is served for not only Mr. Scott and his family, but for all citizens in South Carolina who could potentially be harmed by out of control law enforcement officers.”

Photo: Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO

Documentary Addresses Racism in America

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Racism in America investigated by Brazilian woman in new documentary


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – A U.S. based company, New Generation Media Group, announced the launch of its new documentary titled, Hazy Shades of America. The documentary revolves around a Brazilian woman, newly arrived to the United States, exploring the plague of racism that is affecting the Greatest Country in the World.

In the film, Sofia Helena, traverses the streets of New York while asking people from different ethnicities about their experiences with racism. According to the experts, Hazy Shades of America is a must watch for people of every race and religion. This documentary contains powerful testimonials from people about the prevalence of racism.

When asked, the director of the documentary, Troy Gentles said, “I’m glad to announce that my film Hazy Shades of America is now available free for viewing at www.newgenerationmediagroup.com. This film is about a Brazilian woman, newly arrived to the United States, exploring controversial racial issues. I met Sofia Helena and told her about my project. She was eager to participate as she was in America less than two years and saw the racism in the U.S. from a fresh perspective. The film was enlightening to her.”

He further added, “I believe that people would also find my film enlightening as we are in a time of surging race related incidents in the U.S. I feel it is important for people to know the strong opinions that Americans have on racism. The subject matter alone will deem this film controversial to some but if things are to change, we have to honestly address these issues without political correctness stifling the conversation.”

The director has released this film to show differing opinions, from all ethnicities, on this controversial subject matter. The production house has made the full documentary available for free on its website, www.newgenerationmediagroup.com

About Troy Gentles
Troy Gentles, the director of Hazy Shades of America is a native of the Bronx, New York. Troy is inspired by his life experiences and interest in depicting social issues from a different perspective. The director is also known for his novel titled Born Assassin.

Photo Caption: Sofia Helena, a Brazilian woman, newly arrived to the United States, explores the plague of racism in the United States

President Obama’s Speech to the Catholic Health Association on Health Care in America

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At the invitation of the Catholic Health Association, President Barack Obama will address their annual conference and thank them for their dedication to helping ensure all Americans have access to health care. The President will discuss how the passage of the Affordable Care Act reflects our values and the kind of country we strive to be.  He will also describe how the Affordable Care Act has become part of the fabric of an improved American health care system, one where we and our children can rely on health security throughout our lives, and make the most of our opportunities as a result.

Additionally, the White House released updated data on how the Affordable Care Act is working in every state in the country. Five years after healthcare reform became a reality, more than 16 million Americans have gained coverage, and the Affordable Care Act has improved coverage for virtually everyone who already had insurance.  Americans can no longer be discriminated against for having pre-existing conditions, women can’t be charged more just for being women, and there are no longer lifetime limits on the care Americans receive.  And hospitals, doctors and other providers are changing the way they operate to deliver better care at lower cost.

The White House also launched a new interactive long form webpage — “Health Care in America” — which includes an embedded letter to the President written by the late Senator Ted Kennedy as he endured brain cancer, having instructed his wife to send the letter to the President after he passed away. A lifelong champion for health reform, Senator Kennedy encouraged the President to endure the fight for health care reform and thanked him “one last time” for carrying it forward. The page also includes an interactive timeline that contextualizes a century-long fight for real health reform in America, dozens of stories of Americans whose lives have benefited from reform, and a live player that will stream the President’s remarks tomorrow.

President Obama’s remarks will be livestreamed HERE, and excerpts of his prepared remarks are included below:

“The rugged individualism that defines America has always been bound by a set of shared values; an enduring sense that we are in this together. That America is not a place where we simply ignore the poor or turn away from the sick. It’s a place sustained by the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper. That we have an obligation to put ourselves in our neighbor’s shoes, and to see the common humanity in each other.

So after nearly a century of talk, after decades of trying, after a year of sustained debate, we finally made health care reform a reality for America.”

“Five years in, what we’re talking about is no longer just a law. This isn’t about the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t about Obamacare. This isn’t about myths or rumors that won’t go away. This is reality. This is health care in America.”

“There are outcomes we can calculate – the number of newly insured families, the number of lives saved. And those numbers add up to success.

Then there are the outcomes that are harder to calculate – yes, in the tally of pain and tragedy and bankruptcies that have been averted, but also in the security of a parent who can afford to take her kid to the doctor. The dignity of a grandfather who can get the preventive care he needs. The freedom of an entrepreneur who can start a new venture. The joy of a wife who thought she’d never again take her husband’s hand and go for a walk in God’s creation.”


Nearly 800 Illinois students in Class of 2015 graduate with the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy

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First year for new credential to be noted on academic transcript and diploma

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Nearly 800 students from across the state are projected to receive the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy on their academic transcript and diploma this spring, the first year the distinction will be noted on transcripts and diplomas. The new credential is awarded to graduates who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.

“Congratulations to members of the Class of 2015 who earned the State Seal of Biliteracy,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Multiple language skills are of great benefit in today’s global economy and are also very important in our own diverse communities.”

Thirteen languages are represented among the projected 797 State Seals of Biliteracy to be awarded this school year, with 619 of those for mastery in Spanish. Seventy-one students earned a Seal of Biliteracy for French, and 47 students earned the credential for Chinese. Other languages represented are German, Italian, Polish, Albanian, Malayalam, Russian, Tagalog, Lithuanian, Albanian and Gujarati.

Additionally this school year, about 350 students from across the state were projected to earn the State Commendation toward Biliteracy, which demonstrates progress toward full biliteracy in English and another language.

Seventeen school districts submitted applications to participate for the 2014-15 school year. The following is a list of the districts with the estimated number of students earning the State Seal of Biliteracy this graduation season.

·         Argo Community High School District 217 (16 students)

·         Barrington Community High School District 220 (85)

·         Centralia High School District 200 (11)

·         Chicago Public Schools (147)

·         Community High School District 218 (56)

·         Community Unit School District 1 (3)

·         Community Unit School District 300 (65)

·         Dekalb Community Unit School District 428 (5)

·         Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 (107)

·         Lincoln Community High School District 404 (8)

·         Mahomet Seymour Community Unit School District 3 (6)

·         Metamora Township 122 (8)

·         Mundelein High School District 120 (65)

·         O’Fallon Township High School 203 (20)

·         Proviso Township High School (31)

·         Stevenson High School 125 (156)

·         Waterloo High School District 5 (8)

Illinois was the third state to pass legislation offering a Seal of Biliteracy, joining California and New York. States such as New Mexico, Washington and Louisiana have since passed legislation offering the seal as well. The 2014-15 school year is the first year for the State Seal of Biliteracy in Illinois following the State Board of Education’s approval of rules for the initiative last fall. Participation in the program is optional for districts.

Immigrants and Supporters to March from Back of the Yards to the Thompson Center Today to Protest Gov. Rauner’s Cuts on Health Care Funding

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A symbolic funeral procession will take place on Wednesday June 10th at 11 a.m. Faith based groups and community members will embark on an 8-mile walk from the Back of the Yards neighborhood to the Thompson Center building. Participants of the “March for Life”- symbolic funeral procession – will carry coffins as a symbol of respect for the people who have lost their lives in the struggle for a second chance at life – those awaiting life-saving transplant medical treatment and those who were denied by the hospitals the treatment.

Rauner’s $300 million in cuts:
In an online statement released earlier today, organizers of the action state the following, “Why we march to the Thompson Center? Because we need to demand that governor Bruce Rauner should not cut funding to the Medicaid health care program for the poor along with the many more cuts to human service and other vital care programs – this greatly impacts our immigrant brothers and sisters who are in need of life-saving medical treatment and who are unable to obtain a social security number and are denied access to health insurance. Eliminating life-saving treatments like dialysis and others, basically condemns people to death, disproportionally affecting the immigrant and poor communities.”

“We denounce these attacks and will continue to put pressure on the governor to reconsider his decisions on budget cuts. We will not stop until he realizes that condemning sick people to death is not a humane way to solve the budget crisis.”

Who: Humans Pro Life, Be Life Mission (La Misión Humanos Próvida – Be Life) “Transplants, Fighting for a Second Chance of Life”
What: 8-Mile Walk – “March for Life” – Press Conference at 11am
When: Wednesday, June 10 at 11AM
Where: 2057 W 51st street Chicago, 60609

Route of the March:
Starts at 11am – 2057 W 51St. Chicago
East on 51st St. to S. Ashland Ave.
North on Ashland to S. Blue Island.
North/East on Blue Island to W. Roosevelt.
East on Roosevelt to N. Clark
North on Clark to Thompson Center.

Illinois Department of Public Health Continues Investigation of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local health departments in northern Illinois and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify individuals in Illinois who may have recently been exposed to a person diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB).  This person is now a patient at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Maryland.  The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O’Hare airport.

“We continue to work with our local, state, and federal public health partners to conduct contact tracing to identify individuals who may have had contact with this patient and determine if they should be tested for TB infection,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Anyone who has recently been in close contact with someone who is sick and exhibiting signs of TB should contact their doctor or local health department.”

XDR TB is a rare type of tuberculosis that is resistant to first line and at least one second-line drug treatments.  TB and XDR TB are spread the same way.  When a person with TB coughs, sneezes, shouts, or sings, the bacteria becomes airborne.  Anyone who breathes the air containing these TB bacteria can become infected.

General symptoms of TB disease include feelings of sickness or weakness, weight loss, fever, and night sweats.  The symptoms of TB disease of the lungs may also include coughing, chest pain, and coughing up blood.  If you have these symptoms and have been in close contact with someone who is ill with TB disease, contact your doctor or local health department.

To reduce the risk of becoming infected, avoid close contact for a prolonged period of time with known TB patients in crowded, enclosed environments like clinics, hospitals, prisons, or homeless shelters.

Credit Repair Scams Prey On People Looking To Finance Large Purchases, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – If you plan to finance a big purchase, such as buying a home or car, your credit score is important. Scammers know this. Consumers desperate to improve their credit score to get a better financing deal is the opening that scammers look for. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns people to beware of credit repair scams that don’t improve credit ratings and can lead to identity theft.

Here is how these scams works: You get a phone call or see an ad for a company that claims it can instantly repair your credit. You contact the company and they promise to remove past credit mistakes such as late payments or a bankruptcy from your credit report. They may even offer to give you what they call a new “credit identity.”

“Scam credit repair companies may try to persuade you to contest accurate information on your credit report,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Others may urge you to apply for a new ID number (typically one used by businesses for tax purposes), or provide you with a stolen Social Security number and tell you to apply for the loan with the new number. All these can be tricks to obtain your legitimate personal and financial identity information.

“If you get one of these phone calls, hang up right away,” states Bernas. “Never let pushy people persuade you to provide personal information over the phone.”

Watch out for the following warning signs:

  • You are asked to pay in advance. In the U.S. and Canada, credit repair companies can only collect their fee after they perform the services promised.
  • The company promises to remove negative information from your credit report. If the information is accurate, no one can remove it.
  • You are urged to get a new “credit identity.” In the U.S., some scam companies will ask you to apply for an Employer Identification Number instead of using your Social Security number. Misrepresenting your SSN is a crime.
  • Beware of contract red flags. If you are asked to sign a contract, make sure that it contains the terms of your agreement, including the price, the time period and the services to be performed.
  • Know you can cancel. If you signed up for a credit repair service and it looks suspicious, you can cancel. In Canada, you have 10 days, and, in the U.S., you have three days.

Consumers who have credit issues need to understand there is no quick solution to fixing the problem. While it can be done legitimately it will take time and a conscious effort to avoid late payments and to stick to a personal debt repayment plan.

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