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Archive for June 16th, 2015

Bronzeville Regional Collective Announces Obama CBA Campaign To Ensure Positive Economic Impact Through Continued Development of Neighborhood Partnerships

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On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 12:00pm – on the anniversary of its “Voices & Visions” proposal submitted in response to the Barack Obama Foundation RFP for the Presidential Center, BRC founding members will make a broad invitation to community organizations of the Bronzeville region to continue and to enhance the design of a unified development plan featuring southeast side community economic development benefits – one built on decades of existing plans; in partnership with elected officials, the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the First Family; in the spirit of inclusion, transparency, and accountability embraced by the Barack Obama Foundation; and in concert with the development of the Obama Presidential Center.

The meeting will be held June 16th at 12:00 p.m. at Legends South, Savoy Square, 4448 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

The purpose of the meeting is to open a robust dialogue, establish a clear process, and ensure a written Community Benefits Agreement with optimum input from communities primarily impacted by the Obama Presidential Center.

The Bronzeville Regional Collective [BRC] brings together organizations of diverse perspectives, skills, and goals which celebrate the power of the Obama Presidential Library and Foundation to restore suffering south side communities in innovative ways, and to begin leveling the playing field historically pitched against African Americans. The Collective honors the sacred memory of the migrations of African Americans – across the Middle Passage, through the Underground Railroad, on to the Great Migration paths issuing from the south in 1916, into the Chicago Black Belt where they settled. Today communities which do not reflect the promise of the ancestors can be restored through new agency.  This group of leading community development practitioners and allies aim to catalyze measurable and substantial increases in our community health/wealth through a) sustainable and inter-generational land ownership and transfer; b) increased revenue streams through neighbor-owned businesses and buildings; and c) revived thirst and resources for vibrant lifelong learning.

Their original 2014 proposal to the Barack Obama Foundation can we viewed in full at http://goo.gl/27u4bb

President Obama Weekly Address: Stand Up for American Workers and Pass TAA

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President reiterated that his top priority is to grow the American economy and ensure that every hardworking American has a fair shot at success.  It’s because of this commitment that the President has worked to enact smart new trade agreements that level the playing field for our workers, open new markets for our businesses, and hold other countries to the kinds of high standards that Americans are proud to hold ourselves to here at home.  On Friday, Republicans and Democrats in the House took an important step by voting to help the United States negotiate and enforce high-standard trade deals.  But they also failed to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance, despite the fact that it provides vital support to about 100,000 workers, and passed the Senate with bipartisan support.  The President urged the House to pass TAA without delay so that more middle-class workers can earn the chance to participate and succeed in our global economy.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
June 13, 2015

Hi, everybody.  My top priority as President is to grow the economy and help more hardworking Americans get ahead.  And after the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes, our businesses have now created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months.

That’s a record streak of job creation.  And it’s come as we’ve been working to reform our schools, revitalize manufacturing and the auto industry, revamp our job training programs – and rework our health care system, covering more than 16 million uninsured Americans so far.

We’ve done all of this to rebuild our economy on a new foundation, a foundation for growth that benefits not only us, but our kids, and their kids.  Because we do live in a new economy.  And we’ve got to adapt to make sure America leads the way in this new century, just like we did in the last.

Part of that means sparking new sources of growth and job creation that keep us on the cutting edge.  And one big way to do that is through smart new trade agreements that level the playing field for our workers, open new markets for our businesses, and hold other countries to the kinds of high standards that Americans are proud to hold ourselves to here at home.

Simply put, America has to write the rules of the 21st century economy in a way that benefits American workers.  If we don’t, countries like China will write those rules in a way that benefits their workers.

Now, on Friday, Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to help the United States negotiate new trade deals that are both free and fair – deals that expand opportunity for our workers and our businesses alike.  And that’s good.  These kinds of trade deals say no to a race for the bottom, for lower wages and working conditions.  They’re about starting a race to the top, for higher wages, and better working conditions, stronger environmental protections, and a smarter way to crack down on countries that break the rules of the global economy.

But that’s not all we should be doing for our workers.  Right now, something called Trade Adjustment Assistance provides vital support, like job-training and community college education, to tens of thousands of American workers each year who were hurt by past trade deals – the kind we’re not going to repeat again.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have voted to renew this initiative, but so far, the House of Representatives has chosen to let it expire in just a few months, leaving as many as 100,000 American workers on their own.  For the sake of those workers, their families, and their communities, I urge those Members of Congress who voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance to reconsider, and stand up for American workers.

Because these smart new trade deals aren’t just about growing our economy and supporting good new American jobs.  This is about the kind of country we want to build for our kids and our grandkids.  And if I did not think that smart new trade deals were the right thing to do for working families, I wouldn’t be fighting for it.

This is the right thing to do.  Trade that’s fair and free and smart will grow opportunity for our middle class.  It will help us restore the dream we share, and make sure that every American who works hard has a chance to get ahead.  That’s a cause worth fighting for – today, and every day I have the honor of serving as your President.

Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.

Is There a “Ferguson Effect” on Crime?

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New Publication: The Sentencing Project

From: Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project

I’m writing to share with you a new analysis from The Sentencing Project that finds little support for a so-called “Ferguson effect” on crime in St. Louis, Missouri. The “Ferguson effect” describes a conjecture by some commentators that rising crime rates in some urban areas in recent months are the result of widespread protests against police misconduct and calls for reform. Those demonstrations spread across the nation in response to a stream of highly publicized killings of unarmed black men and boys by police, starting with the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last August.

Since Ferguson is part of the St. Louis greater metropolitan area, one could expect that if such an effect exists anywhere, it would be in St. Louis. To determine whether such an effect exists, criminologist Richard Rosenfeld analyzed trend data on homicides, violent crimes, and property crime in St. Louis in recent years.

The report, Was There a “Ferguson Effect” on Crime in St. Louis?, finds that the homicide count in St. Louis was higher in 2014 than in 2013 for most of the year, but the gap between the two years began to increase two months before the events in Ferguson. “We can conclude with reasonable certainty that the events in Ferguson were not responsible for the steep rise in homicide in St. Louis,” the report states.

A four-month increase in crime is not a crime wave, and while the homicide rate in St. Louis rose in 2014, overall it has declined significantly since the 1990s. This report underscores the importance of policies based on rational analysis of crime trends that appreciate the complexity of factors that produce crime.


Marc Mauer

DACA Creates Jobs, Educational Options for Immigrant Youth

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Preliminary Illinois Deferred Action Survey Results Show Importance of Access to Work Authorization, Driver’s Licenses

CHICAGO, IL — Removing the fear of deportation and providing access to work authorization and driver’s licenses has allowed formerly undocumented Illinoisans to open businesses, pursue higher education, buy cars, and obtain credit cards. These are some of the preliminary highlights from Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC’s) ongoing survey of Illinois youth and students who received temporary protection under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Obama announced three years ago today.

“[Access to a driver’s license] gave me peace of mind to be able to go to my work in a convenient way,” one DACA recipient stated. “It allowed me to do things I wasn’t able to do before like running errands, going to the bank, shopping, and being able to be independent.”

NIJC is conducting the survey in collaboration with Professor Tom Wong at the University of California San Diego.

Of the 137 survey respondents to date:

• 84% now have driver’s licenses

• 68% are financially independent

• 53% pursued higher educational opportunities

• 51% applied for and received their first credit card

• 22% bought their first car

NIJC invites Illinois DACA recipients to participate in the 4-minute survey at http://bit.ly/DACA_NIJC.

Additionally, several DACA recipients expressed relief at the ability to plan for their futures or travel to visit family without fear that a traffic stop or other encounter could land them in deportation proceedings.

“It has been a blessing that I am able to travel outside of the city to visit family and also build my own business for my future family,” one survey respondent wrote.

Such stories highlight the urgency to expand DACA and implement Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), both of which have been temporarily suspended by a Texas federal court injunction.

“Today, on the third anniversary of President Obama’s first deferred action announcement, we should be celebrating thousands of additional DACA and DAPA recipients and the ways they would be contributing to our communities,” said NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy. “The temporary delays we now face in those programs are a real loss to all of us.”

As individuals wait to apply for expanded DACA and DAPA, NIJC encourages immigrant families to continue to gather documents, learn about expanded DACA and DAPA, and seek legal consultations to answer questions about whether they will be eligible once the programs are allowed to proceed. A 2014 Center for Migration Studies survey of immigration legal service providers found that 14.3 percent of immigrants without proper documentation who sought legal consultations for the original DACA program found out they were potentially eligible for more permanent immigration benefits that included paths to lawful permanent residence and citizenship.

For more information about DACA, including NIJC workshops offering free DACA legal assistance, visit www.immigrantjustice.org/DACA.

Link to this statement: http://immigrantjustice.org/press_releases/deferred-action-creates-jobs-educational-options-immigrant-youth

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. For more information visit www.immigrantjustice.org.

Expand Early Voting to 20 Days Nationwide: Sign Your Name

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Hillary Clinton just proposed a bold plan to combat Republican attacks on voting rights by expanding early voting nationwide.

Join Julia in urging Congress to expand early voting nationwide >>

Voting is one of the most sacred rights held by Americans. But some politicians find chipping away at voting access their top priority.

In California, we’re lucky to enjoy expansive access to the polls, including several days of Early Voting. But in other states, Republicans are trying to tip the scales in their favor by cutting off access to the polls.

Julia believes everyone who is eligible to vote should be allowed to cast their ballot — that’s why she’s supporting Hillary Clinton’s plan to expand early voting to 20 days nationwide.

Will you join Julia and urge Congress to expand early voting?

Early voting is critical for those who may not be able to make it to the polls on Election Day, including many seniors and working families.

By opening up for Early Voting, polling locations are less likely to be crowded and we can avoid long lines on Election Day.

Let’s make sure everyone can follow California’s lead and vote early! Sign your name now:



Brownley for Congress

NAACP Statement on the Resignation of Rachel Dolezal

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BALTIMORE, Md. – Rachel Dolezal, president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington Branch, has resigned. As a result, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The NAACP is not concerned with the racial identity of our leadership but the institutional integrity of our advocacy. Our focus must be on issues not individuals. Ms. Rachel Dolezal has decided to resign to ensure that the Spokane branch remains focused on fighting for civil and human rights. This resignation today comes amidst the real work of the NAACP and the real challenges to our democracy.

At a civic moment, when we mark our civic calendar with a criminal justice tragedy every few days including a children’s birthday party with police and pool; at a moment when the civic sacrament called the vote is desecrated by voter disenfranchisement;  at a moment where rising income inequality and declining social mobility leave American workers stranded outside the middle class; and at a moment when our world class economy is undermined by third class schools for forgotten students; the NAACP announced today the long schedule for America’s Journey for Justice. This historic 860 mile march demands a disciplined focus not on any individual among us but the issues that affect us all. We are calling on Americans of every hue and heritage, of every racial background and of every political party and those with no party affiliation, and those of every generation to make history and make change by marching on America’s Journey for Justice.”

Former Inmate Forms Company to Inspire Others of His Race

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Joe Pledger

Cleveland, OH (BlackNews.com) — Joe Pledger, a former inmate and aspiring entrepreneur, has formed Achieve Historical Appreciation! LLC. Its mission is to preserve, promote and pursue historical interests, cultural values and social issues affecting the community through creative efforts. His goal is to distribute portable learning centers in the Cuyahoga County jail to inmates to facilitate university level lectures offered by The Great Courses inspiring them to appreciate art, math, science, history and language through portable dvd players. He is also producing a comic book gaming adventure using print on demand services and social media marketing to engage African-Americans with a global Black audience.

“I’m inspired by Black History. Im inspired by the lack of dominance we have in the comic book and video gaming industry. I believe that I have invented an avenue for such creative processes, that have historically degraded and defamed my entire race, to uplift and inspire them to value their greatness. Im taking the ‘niggativity’ out of the Black experience through gameplay,” he says.

He is challenging reporters and bloggers to check out his website at http://afrofuturism-game.weebly.com and read his comic book, play the text adventure and write a review so that he can build a following to crowdfund his video game. Once at the site, you can click on specific links which will lead you to external webpages containing his work. The characters were inspired by the failed public policies concerning Black people such as slavery, colonialism, segregation and apartheid. The places were inspired by the Urban Dictionary and the creatures were inspired by African folklore and mythology.

He reminds followers that they are in a race phenotypically and economically; as Black people and as competitors in a global market. African-Americans are some of the biggest consumers of video games. However, none of these games feature predominately Black themes or storylines. Joe Pledger wants to cater to this market. But, he needs your participation and opinion to make it great!

Pledger can be reached at 216 703-9240 or at josephpledger@mail.com

Photo Caption: Joe Pledger, former inmate and aspiring entrepreneur

Kwame Binea Shakedown Announce Second Single and Video, “Hang On” Set For June 16th

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Harlem-based roots rock singer/songwriter Kwame Binea, who fronts the Kwame Binea Shakedown, has announced the worldwide digital release of their second single, “Hang On” for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 via CDbaby.com and all their major digital distribution partners including iTunes and Amazon.com.

“Hang On” is catchy, upbeat, funk/rock/soul dance song layered with a poignant, hopeful and uplifting universal message that encourages “little brothers to hang on.”

It was co-written and produced by Kwame Binea and guitarist Justin Wilcox for Binea’s indie imprint, Pelopos Entertainment Group. The song also features the rest of Shakedown band, drummer Medley Shabazz, guitarist Art Vanterpool, bassist Phil Bass, Daron Wright on keyboards, Kengo Yamada and Michael Quigley on saxophone, Brian Varneke on trumpet, and guest background vocalists Dietrice Bolden and Jindai Joseph.

The video meshes live performance footage with compelling images that accentuate the broader symbolism and inspiration behind the song. The video was edited by Kate Peterson.

“I really wanted to create an anthem-like track to encourage young brothers to keep their heads up and never stop believing in themselves,” explains Binea. “These are tough times and a lot of our young people are a bit lost and aren’t getting the level of support they need. So, just trying to give them some of the same kind of positive reinforcement and encouragement I received growing up,” he added.

“Hang On” follows the group’s debut single/video “Let Go” (released in April). The video was culled from a Kwame Binea Shakedown live performance at the Brooklyn Bowl earlier this year.

Binea grew up splitting time in West London (his birth place) and in his native origins, Ghana. He later moved to Cherry Hill, NJ as a teenager where he started to unearth his artistic aspirations as a burgeoning songwriter/singer/guitarist. While in college he teamed up with guitarist/vocalist Justin Wilcox as a duo, which became the nucleus that spawned the rock/funk collective Kwame Shakedown in Harlem, NY (2011). Over the past several years they have built a legion of loyal fans performing at most of the city’s most noted music venues including Joe’s Pub, Arlene Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall and Brooklyn Bowl, to name just a few.

The Kwame Binea Shakedown will also be releasing their self-titled debut EP July 17.

For more information on Kwame Binea Shakedown, visit www.kwamebineashakedown.com

View the new video for “Hang On” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MknpsYKwe0I

Tell Congress: Don’t Gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund: Sign The Petition

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Tell Congress: Don’t gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Tell Congress:
“Fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It is America’s most successful conservation law and the principal program for acquiring land for public recreation, habitat preservation, wildlife refuges, and national parks.”

Add your name:

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In April, we celebrated Earth Day. Many people spent the day doing things to preserve and protect our natural environment. But Republicans in Congress took a radically different approach.

They held a hearing to find ways to gut the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – the 50-year-old law that’s considered by many to be America’s most important and successful conservation program.1

This is just the latest assault in the war on America’s public lands that Republicans have been waging since the start of the new Congress – one we’ve been fighting at every turn. We can’t let this latest attack go unanswered.

Tell Congress: Fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Click here to sign the petition.

If you’re keeping count, this is “strike three” for Congressional Republicans this year. First we fought back against their attempt to abolish the Antiquities Act, a 100-year-old law that allows presidents to protect public lands by designating them national monuments.

Then we fought against an attempt to turn back ownership of all of America’s public lands to states for sale to the highest bidder – which would allow pristine public lands that would become future national parks and monuments to instead fall into the hands of dirty oil and fracking companies.

Now, they’ve set their sights on the LWCF, a 50-year-old program, set to expire in September, that’s been the principal means through which we’ve acquired and protected new lands for national parks, public recreation, wildlife refuges, and habitat protection.

Their plan is to divert funds away from the program and strip it of its ability to continue acquiring land for public use. It’s a cynical attempt to keep new lands out of public hands and available instead to fossil fuel drilling, mining, and real estate companies.2

Fortunately, Democrats like Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Raul Grijalva have offered bills that directly challenge this assault by fully funding and permanently authorizing the LWCF so that it no longer faces threats from Republicans who are eager to gut this vital program. We have to step in and support these efforts before that happens.3

Tell Congress: Fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Click here to sign the petition.

Thank you,

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Annual Beauty Supply Store Owner Conference has Black Beauty Supply Ownership Trending Up

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Black Star Beauty Supply Ribbon Cutting

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) –  Since 2010, Beauty Supply Institute has held a beauty supply store ownership conference annually that has resulted in over 70 new black-owned stores to hit the U.S., Canadian and Caribbean markets. The ethnic beauty supply business is a $15 billion business with approximately 13,000 retail outlets across America. According to Beauty Business magazine in 2012, the industry saw a 12% growth during the toughest recession years for retailers between 2007 and 2009. A study conducted by Alberto Culver showed, the beauty customer visits an OTC (over-the-counter) store on average, 22 times per year. These statistics are what contribute to the beauty retail business being such a strong sector.

The business of beauty has produced wealth for some and conversation for others as exposed in Chris Rock’s Good Hair movie and Jewish filmmaker, Aron Ranen’s The Korean Takeover: Black Hair, Korean Cash documentary. This has prompted sensation and interest around the business, however, there are many obstacles that an aspiring owner encounters on their journey to opening a store.

Beauty Supply Institute has risen to become the #1 agency that puts store ownership in the hands of minorities through their academy, conferences, and classes. They even produce business plans and other assistance that have successful gotten start-up capital for budding entrepreneurs.

Its company founder, Professor Devin Robinson, is a seasoned store owner who opened his first store 10 years ago and 2 additional ones within 18 months of the first one opening. Since then he has written the book, Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner appeared in Ebony magazine, the New York Times, News One with Roland Martin and many more outlets. When asked about his vision, he said, My vision is to see more blacks in business ownership. I started Beauty Supply Institute (www.BeautySupplyInstitute.com) for those interested to learn about beauty supply ownership and I started Urban Business Institute (www.UrbanBusinessInstitute.com) to help blacks learn about business overall. If it wasnt for White businesses, our $1 trillion spending power would be significantly less. That should concern and inspire all of us.

Robinson has generated almost $15 million in store revenues since the company started in 2007. The 2-day conference, which will be held on July 25-26, 2015 in Atlanta at the Atlanta Airport Marriott, will consist of future beauty supply store owners encountering all day classes on the first day and visits to distributors of hair and products on the 2nd day.

Early registration ends June 15 at 5 p.m. There are also multi-person discounts.

For registration information, go to www.BeautySupplyConference.com or call 404-551-4398.

Photo Caption: Ribbon cutting for Black Star Beauty Supply store in Dyersburg, Tennessee

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