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Archive for June 22nd, 2015

Father Pfleger Says Charleston Shooter Knew What he was Doing

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Says co-conspirators involved

By Chinta Strausberg

Referring to the shooting deaths of the Charleston 9 by confessed killer 21-year-old Dylann Roof, Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said these acts prove that the “evil of hatred, racism and bigotry” are still alive and well in America, and while some say Roof acted alone, there were co-conspirators involved.

“He was not alone,” Pfleger said of Roof who admitted he sat with his victims for nearly an hour during their bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Charleston, S.C. before shooting nine of them.

“Hatred is part of American’s history, and we can fight to take the Confederate flag down over the state capitol of South Carolina and we should.

“But, we also got to take the flag that is flying in the hearts of Americans of hatred and confederacy,” said Pfleger who made his remarks on the same day the Emanuel church reopened its doors since the shooting incident.

“There are those who want to bypass this ugly sin that runs in our blood stream in America, and they’ve said this person (Roof) is mentally-challenged or mentally ill.” However, Pfleger isn’t buying that theory. “I doubt that he’s to intellectually challenge when he craftily planned this attack for two-months at this church that has so much history. He was not intellectually slow. He knew exactly what he was doing, and he chose the day and the time and the way.”

Saying Roof may or may not have been mentally ill, but do not “skirt the injustice and the basis of his actions which were racism, hatred and bigotry. Do not ignore that while we talk about mental illness. The man hated people, and he carried out his hate with the violence of the gun culture of America…,” Pfleger said Americans have become comfortable with…. Violence runs in our blood stream with hate.”

Pfleger said he was recently on a teleconference with faith leaders who were discussing how to protect the church given what happened in Charleston. “Give me a break. We’re the people of faith. We don’t arm ourselves at churches and tell our young people don’t arm yourself. How hypocritical is that?

“I call the churches to remember what Amos tells us, 23rd Chapter who are gathering in churches and ignoring this evil of racism and violence. “The Prophet says away with the noise of your songs. I will not listen to the music of your heart but let justice roll like a river and righteousness like a mighty stream.

“I would suggest that the people of faith not worry about protecting their pulpits but be more worried about protecting their prophetic voice that has been lost    in the pulpits in America,” said Pfleger.

He prayed for the families in Charleston and the Emanuel Church is that “we must prosecute and arrest that man who created that horrific act, but we must also arrest and prosecute the society that produces such a man filled with such hatred, racism and bigotry. We formed him,” said Pfleger.

Referring to the Rhodesia flag on his jacket, which is a sign of apartheid in South Africa, Pfleger said, “ He isn’t old enough to know about that. He was taught that. America taught him racism, prejudice and bigotry; so let’s arrest the society that produces such a man and let us pray that we force America to have the courage to face the evil of racism, hatred and bigotry that have become as natural as the air we breathe.

“Let’s cleanse our blood stream where hate runs free and demand that America e as good as she promises to be,” said Pfleger.

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.

Charleston Shooting: “…Once again, a senseless act of gun violence has visited one of America’s houses of worship and left a community shattered…”

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From: Americans For Responsible Solutions PAC

The announcements section on the website of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina promotes a “Bunny Hop” sponsored by the church school, an “Annual Health Fair,” and a weekly bible study in the lower level of the church.

On Wednesday night, a gunman attended that bible study for almost one hour, pulled out a gun, and killed nine of the worshipers.

A five-year-old child escaped the shooting because she knew to play dead.

Once again, a senseless act of gun violence has visited one of America’s houses of worship and left a community shattered. Once again, Americans are left to wonder when our country will say enough is enough, and when our leaders will do something to make us safer from gun violence.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Charleston — as they remain with the people of Aurora, Newtown, Isla Vista, Navy Yard, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Milwaukee, Tucson, and far too many other communities across the country.

Today, please join us by signing our card and sharing your condolences and support with the people of Charleston, South Carolina, and the congregation at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. We’ll deliver them to the church along with a personal message from both of us.

As President Obama said yesterday, “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it.”

It is in our collective power to act — to mourn and stand with the Charleston community, and to convince our lawmakers in Congress and states across the country to do what it takes to make us safer from gun violence.

Thank you for joining us in both of those causes.

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

Rally: From the Charleston Massacre to Rekia Boyd, Rise Up Demand Justice

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – On Tuesday, June 23 at 5pm Chicagoans from across the city will  be gathering at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago. We will be rallying in  solidarity with those murdered in the Charleston Massacre and for all those  slain  by the police, from Eric Garner choked  to death by New York cop Darren Wilson to  Rekia Boyd who was shot to death by Chicago cop Dante Servin. We will be  demanding  justice for all Black people and an end to institutionalized racism and  genocidal policies:

What are we demanding that the city, state and federal governments do? We are  demanding that they:

STOP KILLING US!

FIRE DANTE SERVIN, THE COP WHO KILLED REKIA BOYD

TAKE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG DOWN FROM ALL PUBLIC BUILDING!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581682608751383/

Mother Emanuel is a sacred shrine of the Black Liberation Movement and at  this moment is the site of a racist massacre of Black people. This is so much more  than symbolic for in the deranged and delusional minds of racists the struggles of  Black people for freedom can be abolished by murder and terror. While fear and  terror are the ancient tools of the oppressor they have never been proven to be  more powerful than the struggle for freedom.

The Freedom Movement is agitated into existence by oppression, by the thousands  of wrongs and injustices heaped upon us daily, until we arrive at that turning  point where we are fired up and can’t take it no more. Then the struggle starts up  again as open rebellion and no one individual or government  entity can stop it.
Every time we have rebelled throughout our history we have been met by white,  racist resistance designed to frighten and terrorize us back into submission. In the  wake of the Denmark Vesey Rebellion of 1822 Emanuel African Methodist
Episcopal Church was burned to the ground, and was later shuttered by the slave
holding City of Charleston in 1834. Mother Emanuel A.M.E. was reorganized in  1865 in a new building designed by Denmark Vesey’s son, Robert Vesey. The  timing of this current massacre coincides with the anniversary of the Rebellion of  1822 led by Vesey. The clock of history never turns back. Freedom is a constant  struggle.
Today is no different. Maybe the individual who perpetrated this massacre is not  part of an organized racist hate group, but it doesn’t matter since his actions are
consistent with the gang of cops who lynch-murdered Eric Garner, and the Chicago  cop Dante Servin who shot into a group of Black people and murdered Rekia  Boyd. A government, which allows cops to murder Black people with impunity,  cannot  escape accountability by apologizing and being in hot pursuit of one racist  murderer when you have let Darren Wilson, and other racist murderers, go free  because they carried a badge.

If there ever was a clarion call from our history for us to rise up and demand that  this Government and this Nation, cease and desist in all its institutionalized racism  and genocidal policies against our people, this is it.

The rally will be held:

When:   5 p.m., Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Where:  Federal Plaza, Chicago. Adams & Dearborn

Who:     Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression with

Chicagoans from across the city

1.3 Million Floridians are at Risk of Losing Their Federal Health Insurance Subsidies

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Sign The Peition

Letters to Editors

The Florida legislature has no plan in place if the Supreme Court strikes down provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

They have no plan for the 1.3 million Floridians who are at risk of losing their federal health insurance subsidies.

It’s time for the Florida legislature to step up and make a plan to address this potential healthcare crisis in Florida. The Supreme Court could release a decision any day — and that’s why the Florida legislature needs to take action immediately.

Add your name: Urge the Florida legislature to make a plan for the millions of Florida’s children and families who could be affected by the Supreme Court’s decision.

I hope that the Supreme Court does the right thing. But Florida’s families can’t rely on hope alone — they need a plan.

Thank you for taking action,

Patrick MurphyTAKE ACTION »

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Observes the 150th Juneteenth Celebration

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), issued the following statement in observance of the 150th year celebration of Juneteenth.

“On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read by U.S. Army Major Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas to slaves who were unaware of the original issuance and reading by President Abraham Lincoln two years prior.  This day is referred to as Juneteenth and today, we commemorate 150 years since the historic event.  Juneteenth is a significant date in American history and marks the date of freedom for the millions who were liberated by the Proclamation.

“History serves as a blueprint from which we learn, and we recognize that our country has made great strides in race and freedom.  But, still much work remains.  It is just as important today as it was 150 years ago that we continue our work to ensure all Americans are treated fairly and equitably under the law and each have an opportunity to achieve the American dream.”

“Take the Test, Take Control” on National HIV Testing Day

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
Resources available for free, confidential HIV testing in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – June 27, 2015, is National HIV Testing Day, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging everyone to utilize resources available statewide to get tested.  To that end, IDPH is hosting two events to raise awareness about HIV and the importance of knowing your HIV status:

  • On June 26, 2015, IDPH will provide HIV Awareness information at the Illinois State Capitol Building located at 2nd and Capitol Streets in Springfield.
  • On June 27, 2015, IDPH will host an HIV testing and awareness event in Dreamland Park, 2300 Taylor Ave., Springfield, IL, featuring confidential HIV testing and other health screenings from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Both of these events are free and open to the public.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 7 people living with HIV are unaware of their infection. As of December 31, 2014, more than 37,000 people were living with HIV in Illinois and on average, 1,800 people are diagnosed with HIV in Illinois each year. CDC reports that more than half of youth between the ages of 13-24 living with HIV don’t know they are infected, leading to a late diagnosis after the HIV infection has already reached Stage 3, AIDS.

The populations in Illinois with the highest number of new infections include gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities, “high risk” heterosexuals, and injection drug users. African Americans in Illinois are disproportionately affected by HIV. African Americans represent about 14 percent of the population in Illinois yet accounted for half of all new HIV infections.

IDPH is committed to providing access to resources to reduce these disparities. To find the closest free, confidential HIV testing location:

  • Call the department’s HIV/AIDS and STD Hotline at 1-800-AID-AIDS (1-800-243-2437), or
  • Use IDPH’s TEXT 2 SURVIVE app (download at www.basuah.illinois.gov) and text IL plus ZIP code to 36363.
    • This service is also available in Spanish by texting “CENTRO” plus ZIP code to 36363.

For a full list of events and testing locations statewide:

  • Visit idph.riproad.com, or
  • Use IDPH’s Text2Survive mobile calendar by texting “event” to 36363.

National HIV Testing Day was created by the National Association of People with AIDS, and has been observed every June 27th since 1995 to raise awareness about HIV prevention and education.

To learn more about IDPH’s resources and HIV/AIDS initiatives, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/aids/default.htm.

South Loop Embraces Locally Grown Food Movement

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Highly Anticipated South Loop Farmers Market Opens June 25th


CHICAGO, IL – The opening of the South Loop Farmers Market, with vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, specialty foods and other artisan products, will be Thursday, June 25 and will continue every Thursday—rain or shine—through Oct. 8, 4-8 p.m.

The South Loop Farmers Market (SLFM), an independent market supported by the city, will be held in the parking lot adjacent to the National Historic Landmark, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

“This is a big deal for South Loopers,” said Tina Feldstein, SLFM manager and co-founder. Feldstein, who also serves as president of the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA), South Loop’s leading community group added, “Our community has been waiting for a quality farmers market south of Roosevelt Road for years, and when the market opens June 25th, it will be a major celebration.”

The South Loop Farmers Market aims to encourage the consumption and support of locally grown, quality, and healthy foods; to promote the South Loop’s historical significance, diversity, and culture; and, to provide a location for the celebration of the food-producing regions of the Midwest. The European-style gathering will also feature prepared foods and live entertainment—fashioning the Market as the social ‘place to be’ in the South Loop Thursday nights.

“We could not be more thrilled to provide such an exciting weekly destination to bring together residents and travelers alike,” said SLFM manager and co-founder Stephanie Jokich. “We will be connecting a vibrant and thriving community with local farms and small businesses, a market with a purpose.”

A key sponsor of the SLFM is the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA). McCormick Place, one of the largest institutional anchors is the South Loop, has embraced the locally grown food movement with their own 20,000-square-foot rooftop farm on the West Building. The space, which opened in 2013, is a partnership between SAVOR…Chicago, a restaurant and catering business based in the convention center, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

With the help of apprentices who work through an educational program, the rooftop provides about 10,000 pounds of produce each year to SAVOR and promotes local sustainable agriculture and opportunities to train city residents for careers in urban agriculture. Attendees to the SLFM will enjoy SAVOR chef demonstrations showcasing their locally grown foods, as well as tours of the McCormick rooftop garden-farm.

Another key stakeholder sponsoring the market is the Central Station Development Corporation. Central Station is owned by Fogelson Companies and Forest City Enterprises, and is the developer of Central Station, a community of more than 4,500 residential units, parklands and retail development, located on 80 acres in the South Loop and Grant Park.

“We have a long-time commitment to growing and sustaining a vibrant community in the South Loop and are proud to support the SLFM,” said Timothy Desmond, president, Central Station Development Corp. “It’s just another example of the South Loop’s community pride and commitment to continue the growth of the neighborhood.”

The South Loop Farmers Market announces some of their participating vendors (more vendors still to be announced):
Steven Frank Farm
Brockway Farms
Not Just Cookies
C & D Family Farms
West Side Bee Boys
Spark of the Heart

Pleasant House Bakery
Blue Star Produce
Spirit Tea
Chocolat Uzma Sharif & Popcorn
Yoberri
Belli’s Juicebar
And more!

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

South Loop Farmers Market will begin on Thursday, June 25, 2015 and will continue every Thursday – rain or shine – through Oct. 8, 4-8 p.m. in the parking lot of the National Historic Landmark, Second Presbyterian Church, located at 1936 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. During the market, free guided tours of the architecturally significant Landmark will be offered by Friends of Historic Second Church. The market will also feature live entertainment and children’s activities during the season. South Loop Farmers Market will proudly accept EBT/SNAP.

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) owns McCormick Place, the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America, and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel. Together, the North, South and West Buildings and Lakeside Center offer 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space. Located along Chicago’s lakefront, McCormick Place features 173 meeting rooms, the 4,249-seat Arie Crown Theater and one of the largest ballrooms in the world.

Central Station Development Corporation is owned by Fogelson Companies and Forest City Enterprises, and is the developer of Central Station, a community of over 4,500 residential units, parklands and retail development, located on 80 acres in the South Loop and Grant Park. A leading owner, operator, and developer of distinctive and diversified real estate projects in select core markets, which create value for shareholders, customers, and communities through place creation, sustainable practices, and a long-term investment perspective.

Second Presbyterian Church is one of Chicago’s architectural gems. Architect James Renwick designed the Gothic Revival exterior and Howard Van Doren Shaw and Frederic Clay Bartlett redesigned the interior in the Arts and Crafts taste. In addition to the original interior fixtures and murals, memorial windows made by William Morris & Company, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Tiffany Studios, Church Glass & Decorating Company, McCully & Miles, and Louis J. Millet enhance the Church’s interior. In 2013, Second Presbyterian Church was designated a National Historic Landmark in recognition of its Arts and Crafts interior.  National Historic Landmark designation is reserved for buildings and sites that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior to possess national significance in American culture and history.

Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA)
The Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance mission is socially conscious and supportive neighbors creating an inclusive and welcoming community.  The PDNA, founded in 2006, has grown to provide support and representation to thousands of residents living in and around the Prairie Avenue Historic District, Central Station and Museum Park, south Michigan Avenue corridor, Motor Row, as well as the broader South Loop and Near South Side.

Senator Kirk Statement on Sanctions Relief and the State Department’s Report on Iranian-Backed Terrorism

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL —U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of State reported today that “Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), its Ministry of Intelligence and Security, and Tehran’s ally Hizballah, which remained a significant threat to the stability of Lebanon and the broader region”:

“Now that the Administration admits nuclear talks haven’t diminished Iran’s support for terrorism, to what extent has Iran used the interim nuclear deal’s $12 billion in sanctions relief payments to fund terrorists or other terror-supporting regimes?  As we move closer to the June 30th deadline for a final nuclear deal that could return as much as $140 billion in frozen funds to Iran, the White House remains silent on this critical question.”

Tell President Obama and the Department of Justice: This is Domestic Terrorism: Sign The Petition

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Petition to President Obama and his Department of Justice:
“Investigate and prosecute the Charleston attack as an act of domestic terrorism.”
Add your name:
Sign the petition â–º
This is Domestic terrorism.
The despicable attack on one of the nation’s oldest Black churches is not just an act of hatred but of domestic terrorism – and the Department of Justice should treat it as such.

The shock and trauma from the images and stories from Charleston are still very much with us, and it is impossible to put into words the pain being felt by families and friends of the victims. What is possible is naming the crime accurately – and that’s an act of domestic terrorism against the Black community.
The United State’s first anti-terrorism law was the 1860 Ku Klux Klan act, passed under President Ulysses S. Grant to combat the ubiquitous culture of racial violence in the South.1
The massacre in Charleston not only fits the literal definition of domestic terrorism as outlined in federal law,2 it is an extension of a long history of terrorizing the Black community.3
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said that the Department of Justice is investigating this attack as a hate-crime.4 And Friday afternoon a State Department spokeswoman said they were additionally investigating it as possible domestic terrorism. They should. Investigating this as a strictly a hate crime would exacerbate a dangerous double standard which pervades American media, law enforcement priorities and our national security apparatus.

All too often, when American media cover crimes committed by African-Americans or Muslims, the suspects are characterized as thugs or terrorists, while white suspects are characterized as mentally unstable lone wolves – sweeping under the rug the history and ideology of racist violence in this country.5
These characterizations present a skewed representation of the real threats facing our nation. The day before the horrific shooting in Charleston, the New York Times ran an op-ed entitled “The Growing Right-Wing Terror Threat” which criticized the stilted treatment of domestic terrorism stating:
“But headlines can mislead. The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police.”6
Indeed, a February report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that “A large number of independent studies have agreed that since the 9/11 mass murder, more people have been killed in America by non-Islamic domestic terrorists than jihadists.”7
The fact is, racism is deeply and structurally ingrained in our nation’s history of state sanctioned violence against and criminalization of black citizens, resulting in an environment in which they can never feel safe, whether praying in church, standing on a playground, or walking down the street.
Federally prosecuting the Charleston massacre as a hate-crime would be an improvement over leaving it to the judicial system in South Carolina – which has no hate crime law, and still flies the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol.
But acknowledging and treating it as an act of domestic terrorism is not only appropriate, it is necessary – as a recognition of our country’s history of racial terrorism, as a move toward aligning law enforcement priorities with significant threat of domestic, white extremism, and as a vital statement that Black Lives Matter. Reports that the DOJ is considering this are encouraging, but we need them to be sure to investigate AND prosecute as domestic terrorism.

It’s important to recognize that cries of “terrorism” and the fears they inspire have been abused by politicians, often in a racist way, to stigmatize people of a certain creed and color, and to drag this nation into unjust wars. But we can’t let previous abuse of this term deny the reality of what’s happened in Charleston, or perpetuate a dangerous double-standard that downplays the importance of crimes when the victims are people of color.
Thank you for speaking out.
Becky Bond, Murshed Zaheed & Elijah Zarlin
CREDO Action from Working Assets
P.S. – This is not the first time that the Emanuel AME Church and it’s community has been terrorized. We encourage you to consider a donation as a show of solidarity and to help the community recover from this terrible tragedy.
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  1. Dara Lind, “Why calling the Charleston shooting terrorism is important to so many people“, Vox.com, June 19, 2015.
  2. Definitions of Terrorism in the U.S. Code“, FBI.com
  3. Conor Friedersdorf, “Thugs and Terrorists Have Attacked Black Churches for Generations“, The Atlantic, June 18, 2015.
  4. Rick Gladstone, “Many Ask, Why Not Call Church Shooting Terrorism?“, NY TImes, June 18, 2015.
  5. Anthea Butler, “Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’?“, The Washington Post, June 18, 2015.
  6. Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer, “The Growing Right-Wing Terror Threat“, NY Times, June 16, 2015.
  7. Justin Salhani, “Focus On Islamic Extremism Leaves Radical Right Overlooked“, ThinkProgress, June 18, 2015.

Summer Of Creativity Grants Available For Young Changemakers

Posted by Admin On June - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Disney | ABC Television Group Supports 125 Youth-Led Service Projects with $500 Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America (YSA) is calling on kids to make this a Summer of Creativity. YSA, through support from Disney | ABC Television Group will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young change-makers who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.

Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by submitting service project ideas that will make a difference in their local communities. One hundred and twenty five winners will be awarded individual $500 grants to implement their projects. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized on Good Morning America or their local ABC affiliate. Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015, at YSA.org/BeInspired.

2014 grant-awarded projects included:

  • Warm Winters, a program run by a 14-year-old to collect coats, hats, and gloves left at ski resorts to help keep the homeless warm.
  • Shred Kids Cancer, a campaign organized by a 14-year-old to fundraise for research to help find cures for pediatric cancer.
  • Braeden’s Brown Bags, a foundation founded by a 10-year-old to provide healthy meals to kids in need.

“With half the world’s population under the age of 25, our future depends on helping young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems – if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We need youth to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow. Disney ABC Television Group’s Summer of Creativity is about shining a bright light on the incredible power of youth to use their ingenuity to change the world.”

For more information and to apply, visit www.YSA.org/BeInspired.

YSA (Youth Service America) helps young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. YSA activates, funds, trains, and recognizes young people ages 5-25 and their adult partners. For more information, visit www.YSA.org.

Disney | ABC Television Group’s Summer of Creativity recognizes young people who are harnessing the power of creativity and service to positively impact people, communities and the planet. YSA, supported by Disney | ABC Television Group and Disney Friends for Change, will award $500 Summer of Creativity Grants to young change-makers who are taking action and caring for the world we share. Youth ages 5-18 are encouraged to apply before August 10 by visiting ABC.com/BeInspired or YSA.org/BeInspired.

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