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NAACP Statement on the Indictment of University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing

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BALTIMORE, MD – On Wednesday, July 29th, University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose, an unarmed African American man, during a traffic stop on July 19th. Subsequently, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“Hamilton County’s grand jury decision to indict University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing for the shooting death of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose during a routine traffic stop speaks with tragic clarity to the type of action needed in cases where unarmed citizens are met with excessive and too often times fatal force. Our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mr. DuBose, who was the father of 10 children. While this indictment is encouraging, it is only a first step in what will likely be a long judicial process. The NAACP and our Ohio State Conference will be closely monitoring the proceedings as we continue to seek justice for Mr. DuBose and his family. Unarmed law-abiding citizens should be able to survive a routine traffic stop with the police. At a moment when we mark our collective calendars with a criminal justice tragedy seemingly every day, the NAACP is soon to embark  on its most ambitious and innovative crusade yet — America’s Journey for Justice. This historic 860 mile march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C., which begins on August 1st,  demands that our nation fix its broken criminal justice system. We march because our lives matter. The NAACP will not stand down until accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Mr. DuBose and the countless other men and women who have been the victims of excessive force.”

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago: Murders by Police Must be Stopped Now!

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National Speaking Tour Event #RiseUpOctober – Which Side Are You On?

On Wednesday, August 5th, at 11 a.m., Stop Mass Incarceration Network will hold a Press conference and photo op at Police headquarters, 35th & Michigan Ave., in their tour to organize a huge demonstration in New York City October 24th.

Speakers at the event will be Carl Dix, a co-initiator of the call for October 24 and a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, Rev Jerome McCorry, faith advocate of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and Stolen Lives Families from Chicago.

“Are you taking a stand against the epidemic of police terror or not? Which side are you on? That’s the question the #RiseUpOctober will pose August 5th in Chicago in their tour to organize a huge demonstration in New York City Oct 24th.

Families of victims of police violence from Chicago and the Midwest will speak out at the press conference in support of #RiseUpOctober. The ACLU has documented 600 people who have been killed by the police across this country so far this year.

The Call Rise Up October 24 to STOP Police Terror—signed by families of people killed by police, people from the arts, the faith community and activist movements—is for actions which are “resistance-based, uncompromising in spirit and, at the same time, pluralistic and diverse, involving thousands and thousands of people, reaching into every corner of this society and powerfully impacting the whole world.”

Wednesday, August 5th, RiseUpOctober – Which Side Are You On? Speaking Tour

Wednesday August 5th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Trinity Episcopal/Anglican Church

125 E. 26th St., Chicago, IL

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com • (312) 933-9586




The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.

Housing Groups Seek Accountability from CHA

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From: The Metropolitan Tenants Organization

The Chicago Housing Initiative (CHI) announced at a press conference that the Keeping the Promise ordinance will be reintroduced in the city council. Organizers have the support of 23 of the council’s 50 members. CHI is a coalition of several housing organizations, including the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO).

The proposal is a direct result of the failure of the Chicago Housing Authority to release housing assistance vouchers that it has received federal funding for, its foot-dragging on replacing the thousands of housing units razed by the CHA, and its failure to rehab and occupy over 2,000 vacant units.

At the conference, Demetrice Davis, a resident of Dearborn Homes, explained “CHA needs to have oversight and accountability, and if HUD does not want to hold them responsible, we are glad that the alderman that are standing with us today will.”

“It is time we create access to affordable housing across all neighborhoods. It is time for accountability and transparency on the part of the Chicago Housing Authority,” said Executive Director of People for Community Recovery Cheryl Johnson.

The Keeping the Promise ordinance is named after the CHA’s promise to residents of the Cabrini Green and Robert Taylor Homes housing complexes, torn down years ago. It would require quarterly reporting by CHA; one-for-one replacement of standing low-income housing units; enforcement of CHA’s commitments to rebuild replacement housing, and encouragement for CHA to fully utilize all available funded vouchers, improve housing quality and voucher holder access to opportunity communities, and create safeguards against privatization and displacement. Supporters say that 12,000 families could be provided with affordable housing if the ordinance is enacted.

Alderman Walter Burnett, 27th Ward, spoke at the press conference to explain why this ordinance is necessary, “People have been living in limbo for almost twenty years. It’s time to give everyone an opportunity to come back home. The average rent right now is going for about $4 per square foot, which means for a three bedroom apartment it could go for at least for 4 to 6 thousand dollars. Without the help of CHA and Section 8, regular people in our society, who don’t make six figure incomes, would not have a place to stay.”

Alderman Maldonado, 26th Ward, echoed Alderman Burnett’s sentiments by saying, “It’s a no brainer. CHA has in their savings account right now $440 million.”

At the insistence HUD, the CHA temporarily re-opened its Section 8 waiting list late last year briefly, which allowed Regina Rizzo, a survivor of domestic violence and mother of two young daughters, to sign-up. Speaking at the conference, Rizzo said “My priorities are safety for my daughters, food, and a roof over our heads. The CHA needs to continue to release these fully funded vouchers.”

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Cook County Board of Commissioners Approve a $2.5 Million Loan Under BUILT in Cook Funds to Help Launch New Grocery Store

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Cermak Fresh Foods to locate on former Field’s campus at Diversey and Pulaski

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.5 million dollar loan under the BUILT (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Transportation) in Cook Loan Program to build a Cermak Fresh Foods grocery store at the former Marshall Field’s (Macy’s) warehouse campus.

The project, located at 4000 W. Diversey in Chicago, involves renovation of a 70,000-square-foot structure to be repurposed for use as a grocery store.  The complete renovation is estimated to cost $12.6 million. BUILT in Cook loan proceeds will be applied to the purchase of grocery store equipment within the new Cermak Fresh Foods.

“The BUILT in Cook Program allows us to provide much-needed loan support for business development and job growth,” said Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.  “With this program, we are able to go into communities and really make a positive difference.”

“I believe this new grocery store fills a need in the community and will be an economic anchor at this location,” stated Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr., 8th District. “Residents from throughout the northwest side of Chicago will be able to shop here.”

The project will provide approximately 120 jobs for the local community.  Once construction is completed later this year, it will be part of a larger complex with more commercial, office and living space.

BUILT in Cook is one component of the “toolkit” developed by the Preckwinkle administration to spur economic development in Cook County.  Cermak Foods is the second project approved through this program with three more currently in the pipeline.

Also known as the Section 108 Loan Pool, the BUILT (Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Transportation) in Cook program allows the County to borrow money from private investors at reduced interest rates to promote economic development, stimulate job growth and improve public facilities.

Women of Faith Train for Justice Action July 29-Aug. 2 in Chicago

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More than 200 women from around the country will prepare for bold, faith-based justice action at “Interrupting Indifference: Jesus, Justice and Joy,” the quadrennial United Methodist Women National Seminar in Chicago, July 29 to Aug. 2. Workshops, site visits and joint actions with Chicago-area groups will equip participants with skills to effect change in their home communities.

The event will include workshops on spiritually anchored activism, climate justice, maternal and child health, economic justice, racial justice, mass incarceration and police brutality, organizing skills and more.

Participants will also join Chicago-area groups in site visits and actions:

•   July 31, 7-9 p.m. —Town Hall Meeting Action

Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

University of Illinois, Room: Illinois AB, 750 South Halsted, Chicago

Panelists will include: United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck; Page May of the         Village Leadership Academy/We Charge Genocide; Charlene Caruthers, Black       Youth Project 100; Lissette Castillo Vizcarra, Chicago Religious Leadership      Network on Latin America.

•   Aug.1 10:30 am-noon—Site Visit on Income inequality

UE Union Hall, 37 S. Ashland, Chicago

Participants will meet with members of Latino Union of Chicago/Chicago

Coalition of Household Workers, a part of the National Domestic Workers     Alliance, to explore how faith communities can support low-wage workers’           struggle for dignity, sick days and higher wages.

•   Aug. 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. — Public Accountability Action on

Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration

Hartzell United Methodist Church, 3330 South King Drive, Chicago

Participants include: The Community Renewal Society, United Methodist         Women, United Methodists of the Northern Illinois Conference and community           organizations will address public concerns on policing and jails in Chicago.

Participants will also visit the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization to experience a sustainable community that promotes healthy development.

Celebrating 150 years in mission, United Methodist Women is an 800,000-member organization of women committed to putting faith, hope and love into action. Members raise more than $15 million annually to support ministries empowering women, children and youth. Its programs foster spiritual growth, leadership development, justice and peace.

Contact: Yvette Moore 212-870-3822/347-743-7027 ymoore@unitedmethodistwomen.org;


Dynamic Duo Provide Blueprint for Building Strong Black Men

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Must-Read Book Poised To Alter The Narrative On Black Males

Facing Our Future

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – A licensed professional counselor and a veteran educator and life coach have come together to provide a solutions-focused book aimed at improving life outcomes for young black men.Facing Our Future: Building Strong Black Men In The Twenty-First Century is a call-to-action and no-nonsense approach to the personal growth and development of black men and boys.

Co-authors Jeremiah Hopes and Zack Reynolds, Jr. say there is no middle ground or straddling of the fence: one is either part of the problem or part of the solution. Within the pages of this book readers will discover The Essentials of Manhood, Strategies of Engagement for The Visible and Invisible Father, and The Importance Of Black Men Mentoring Black Boys.

Answers to questions such as Are Black Boys Brilliant Or Broken? and What If I Cant Dribble, Dunk, Run, Or Rap? are among the many engaging topics addressed. The infectious passion and candor of Hopes and Reynolds is on full display as they share strategies for implementing rights of passage activities, the need for culturally relevant educators, how to overcome barriers to college and career success, and how to build and nurture relationships. Each chapter concludes with thought-provoking questions propelling the reader to action.

Real Models Publishing, a joint venture between Hopes and Reynolds, released Facing Our Future on May 21, 2015. It is available on Amazon and can also be purchased at www.facingourfuture.com.

For more information about Facing Our Future or to schedule an interview with the authors, please call or email: info@facingourfuture.com.
About the Book:
Facing Our Future: Building Strong Black Men In The Twenty-First Century
By Jeremiah Hopes and Zack Reynolds, Jr.
Publisher: Real Models Publishing
Paperback: 176 pages
ISBN10: 0-9861405-0-3
ISBN13: 978-0-9861405-0-1

Safety Belt Use in Illinois Reaches 95.2 Percent

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Drivers and front seat passengers are buckling up more than ever before in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced that the estimated safety belt usage rate for drivers and front seat passengers in Illinois has reached an all-time high of 95.2 percent. This marks an increase of 1.1 percent from the previous record high level of 94.1 percent last year and represents an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.

“More and more Illinois drivers are getting the message that something as simple as buckling up every time you get into a vehicle saves lives,” said Secretary Blankenhorn. “This is great news and an encouraging trend, but we still have more work to do. To get the usage rate even higher and save even more lives on Illinois roadways, we will look to strengthen our partnerships with law enforcement on safety campaigns and continue searching for creative new ways to get out the message on the importance of using your seat belt.”

An annual statewide survey of 155,175 front seat occupants on high-volume and low-volume Illinois roads provided a statistically representative sample in determining the new safety belt usage rate. This survey does not include back seat passengers. Data from the survey of back seat passengers will be available in October.

A mandatory seat belt law has been enforced in Illinois since 1985. Since 2012, all back seat passengers in Illinois also have been required to use seat belts.

Before the new 95.2 percent rate was established, a report published by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year showed that Illinois had the seventh highest safety belt usages rate of all states in 2014. According to NHTSA, safety belt use in front seats can reduce the risk of motor vehicle fatalities by 45 to 60 percent.

The dedicated efforts of law enforcement, the Click It or Ticket campaign, and heightened awareness by motorists who see seat belts as a way to save lives have all contributed to the record high safety belt usage rate.

The Click It or Ticket campaign this May involved more than 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Preliminary enforcement results show the participating agencies issued 9,661 citations for seat belt and child safety seat violations.                                             735**15

To bring further attention to dangerous driving behavior, IDOT’s innovative series, “The Driving Dead” featuring television star Michael Rooker uses digital and social media to reach drivers who are most likely to not wear a seat belt or to drive while impaired.

Fans can connect with “The Driving Dead” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by visiting www.thedrivingdeadseries.com.

State Education and Health Agencies Issue Reminder for Immunizations as Students Prepare for New School Year

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August marks National Immunization Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, IL —  As students are preparing to head back to school, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date. There is a new school-entrance immunization requirement for the upcoming school year.

Beginning this fall, a meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV4) requirement becomes effective for students entering grades six or 12. Sixth-graders must show proof of one dose of MCV4; 12th-graders must show proof of having received two doses. Twelfth-graders who received the first dose after 16 years of age need only one dose.

In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. IDPH’s Immunization Quick Reference Guide provides additional details about the 2015-16 requirements.

“Immunizations are in place to protect students and their families,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “It’s important that our students stay healthy so they can remain in the classroom, continuing to learn and grow throughout the year.”

The State of Illinois requires vaccinations to protect children from a variety of diseases before they can enter school. For school entrance, students must show proof of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b, and varicella, as well as pneumococcal  and now meningococcal (depending on age) vaccinations.  For more information about immunizations, including vaccination schedules, visit http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/immunization.

“Although we are seeing fewer cases of many vaccine-preventable diseases, if we don’t continue to vaccinate our children, we will see an uptick and more people become infected. We could experience another outbreak similar to the measles outbreak which occurred in Illinois earlier this year,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Vaccines have been proven to be a safe and effective way to keep children protected against a number of diseases.”

August marks National Immunization Awareness Month, which aims to educate people of all ages about the importance of protecting their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.

In addition to immunizations, all students enrolling in kindergarten — in a public or private school — and any student enrolling for the first time in Illinois (with the exception of preschoolers) must also have an eye examination. The eye exam needs to be performed by a licensed optometrist or medical doctor who performs eye exams and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. All eye exams must be completed within one year prior to Oct. 15.

Furthermore, all students enrolled in kindergarten, the second, and the sixth grades are required to have a dental examination.

Also, all children must complete a physical examination prior to entering Illinois schools for the first time, prior to the date of entering kindergarten or first grade, prior to entering sixth grade, and prior to entering ninth grade. The exam includes gender and date of birth; an evaluation of height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth/dental; cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, neurological, and musculoskeletal evaluations; spinal examination; evaluation of nutritional status; lead screening; and other evaluations deemed necessary by the health care provider. Illinois’ health exam requirements are aligned with recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on adolescent vaccinations.

These student health requirements for entry apply to all schools in Illinois – public, charter, or private. Parents and guardians should contact their health care provider, local health department, or pharmacy to schedule an appointment to receive the recommended and required vaccinations. It is important to keep an immunization record card for your child’s entry into school.

IDPH offers additional immunization information on its website. There is also the Illinois Help Me Grow helpline at 1-800-323-GROW (voice and TTY) for additional immunization information. For parents who may not be able to afford immunizations, the Vaccines for Children program provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. For information, call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 for the rest of the state.

For additional information about immunizations in Illinois, visit:

Indie Artist JP One Releases New Hip Hop Album “Fire & Brimstone 2”

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Featuring Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Elzhi of Slum Village

JP One, Fire and Brimstone

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) – Gifted & Talented, LLC will present Fire & Brimstone 2 to the world on July 27th 2015, this album is the second installment of the Fire & Brimstone trilogy. One look at the track listing for Fire & Brimstone 2 and you can easily see what type of artist JP ONE is. After listening to him rhyme next to some of Detroit’s elite lyricists, Elzhi, Black Milk, and Guilty Simpson, you will understand why they call him “Jackpot Tha Chosen One”.

With production from Black Milk, Pig Pen, BJ Gates, and Flamin’ Lacez, the soundscape is a perfect blend between the hard-hitting sound of the streets and the low end bass of the basements where back packers conjugate to cypher over J. Dilla beats. Never has the two sounds intertwined so seamlessly as they do with this project. With a keen eye for detail and a smooth conversational delivery, you find yourself easily entranced and wanting more.

In just three and a half short years, JP ONE has become a powerful force in Detroit’s hip-hop circles. The first installment of the Fire & Brimstone trilogy created a type of buzz that many independent artists could only hope for. Catapulted by the Boldy James assisted, “City Under Siege” and it’s captivating visual about police brutality, the project placed JP ONE on every outlet from radio and TV to online magazines and top websites, including WorldStarHiphop.com and VLADTV.com. The project’s success solidified JP ONE, not only as an artist, but also as a serious businessman. He is the CEO of his own imprint, Gifted & Talented. LLC. and is hands-on with every aspect of his burgeoning career.

Fire & Brimstone 2 is available online at www.jponelife.com and all major digital outlets.

Photo Caption: JP ONE and album cover

Viola Davis Shares Her Story of Growing Up Hungry, Poor and Ashamed

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The star of  How to Get Away With Murder recounts her rags-to-riches story in the August/September Issue of AARP The Magazine

Read Viola’s rags-to-riches story of how she got to where she is today and why giving back now means everything to her.

Tweet It: @violadavis shares her struggles of growing up underprivileged

in the latest issue of @AARP The Magazine

Read the story at aarp.org/magazine

WASHINGTON, DCViola Davis, star of ABC’s hit series How to Get Away with Murder, grew up in Rhode Island in a household of eight that could barely afford to eat even one meal a day. In a revealing interview with

AARP The Magazine, Davis shares her thoughts on the crippling effects that growing up poor and hungry have on young people today and relates it back to her early years, when she faced the same adversity. Additionally, from the love she now shares with her husband and young daughter to the luxuries she never dreamed of affording, the two-time Oscar nominee reflects on her achievements, biggest anxieties and the determination that has led to her greatest successes.

The following are excerpts from the August/September issue of the

AARP The Magazine cover story featuring Viola Davis, available in homes today and online now at aarp.org/magazine.

On her reaction to turning 50 and her thoughts on the life she used to live:

“Turning 50 is making me reflect on my life in a way that’s more compassionate and forgiving. I’m able to almost accept the old me.”

On the work of acting and the pressure of living in the limelight:

“The work of acting is fantastic, but being a celebrity sometimes makes me tense and anxious. Expectations, not meeting expectations, criticism-it really hurts.”

On the day she was caught shoplifting:

“I was 9. The store owner screamed at me to get out, looking at me like I was nothing, and the shame of that forced me to stop.”

On growing up poor and the hatred that people projected towards her because of it:

“Most of the time, the school lunch was the only meal I had. I would befriend kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day and go to their homes when I could.”

“People would throw things out of cars and call us the N-word. It was constant.”

On the things she has now that she thought she’d never have:

“Having a house! When you grow up poor, you dream of just having a home, and a bed that’s clean-that’s a sanctuary. Having a really great husband, a child who’s healthy and happy and brings me joy-all of that has been my dream.”

“As kids, we often didn’t have bus fare, so to have a car today-it’s unbelievable to me.”

On being asked to be the spokesperson for the “Hunger Is” campaign (hungeris.org):

“I’ve been so focused on my child, my husband and my career that I never thought of the last step, which is giving back.”

On her feelings towards Annalise’s promiscuous side:

“Women who are promiscuous are that way for a reason and I wanted to delve into that.”

On her feelings towards Annalise’s unlikeable side:

“I’ve played warm and fuzzy to the point that it’s made me nauseous. We’re not always likable. Sometimes we’re mean, and we’re mean to the people we love. I reserve the right to be a mess and completely unlikable.”

On her feelings about marriage and love:

“I didn’t fall in love. I walked into it, with my eyes wide open. I understood the union of marriage. You sort of die to yourself and you’re reborn into this union.”

On the little girl she once was who is still with her:

“I’m not poor anymore. Sometimes that girl is literally sitting in my Jacuzzi, going, ‘Wow! Look at the yard! Look at the rabbits in the garden! We have cottontails all over the place.'”

Husband Julius Tennon on his and Viola’s successful marriage and their professional relationship:

“We work as a team- that’s how we roll. A few doors get slammed once in a while. But you can always say, ‘I’m sorry.’ And we make each other laugh.”

For the complete interview, along with behind-the-scenes video and images, check out aarp.org/magazine.

About AARP The Magazine

With more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at aarpmagazine.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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