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Archive for July 7th, 2015

Clinton, Bush, Among Presidential Candidates to Take Part in National Urban League Conference

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NEW YORK  – Candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election will participate in the National Urban League Conference later this month, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The candidates will share their visions for saving our cities on Friday, July 31, during a session entitled “Off To The Races:  The 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Plenary.”

“As we convene in Florida to deliberate solutions to the economic and social challenges our cities are facing, it’s vital that those contending for the highest office in the land be part of that conversation,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said.

The candidates’ plenary will take place on the second full day of the Conference themed “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs + Justice.”

“Our focus was inspired was by a year that saw little accountability for law enforcement responsible for killing unarmed Black men, teenagers and children; a continual assault on voting rights; widening economic inequality gaps; and an increasingly partisan education debate far more rooted in political agendas than in putting our children first,” Morial said.

The four-day event at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center features empowering sessions and workshops presented by political, business, and entertainment leaders and influencers on topics including education, business, the economy, health, and justice.  The N.U.L. Experience Expo Hall includes exhibits, entertainment, a Volunteer Zone, Health Zone, and chances to win exciting prizes.  The Conference also will present a Career & Networking Fair, a One-Day Entrepreneurship Summit and a Young Professionals Summit.

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 95 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide.

Preckwinkle Praises Efforts to Upgrade Conditions at County Jail Complex

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Department of Facilities Management takes lead in meeting compliance standards

The Cook County Department of Facilities Management (DFM) has met its obligations under a federal court order to make substantial repairs and upgrades at Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall recently accepted the County’s motion that will end the work of a monitor appointed by the court in 2010 to ensure that DFM brought fire, life safety, sanitation and environmental conditions at the DOC up to acceptable standards.

“We are pleased to report that the County has achieved, and importantly is maintaining, substantial compliance in these areas,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Additionally, we are committed to continuing to provide constitutionally sound conditions of confinement at the DOC complex now that the work of the monitor has ended.”

The case against the County was brought in 2007 by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office.
DFM was required to achieve substantial compliance on the facilities’ shortcomings and maintain compliance for a period of 18 months before court monitoring could end. Allegations in the case indicated certain conditions at the jail violated the constitutional rights of individuals confined at the facility.

The DFM provisions of the court order included developing a preventive maintenance plan for fire and life safety equipment, plumbing, electrical and ventilation, as well as ensuring prompt repairs and maintaining regular testing of fire and life safety equipment, and developing and maintaining hazardous materials control.

The County has spent a total of about $8.5 million to address the issues raised in the order.

“The Department of Facilities Management was able to accomplish sustained substantial compliance due to a collaborative work relationship with the Department of Corrections and Cermak Hospital, the other parties to the order,” Preckwinkle said.

“Our in-house union trades staff supported timely response to address physical plant concerns. A number of policies were implemented to ensure sustainable maintenance practices which will continue into the future to provide an appropriate environment for detainees and staff at the Department of Corrections Jail Complex.”

Medical Information a Growing Target for Identity Thieves, Warns BBB

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CHICAGO, IL – Medical identity theft can be one of the most devastating forms of identity theft. In 2014, it increased 22 percent according to recent studies. This increase significantly impacts people because victims find it difficult to undo the damage caused by inaccurate medical records or fraudulent bills. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to carefully check all health-related documentation from doctors, drug stores and insurance providers.

The thefts start when scammers contact their victims by phone claiming to be representatives of state health departments. Once the thieves have the information, it can result in incorrect entries being placed in existing medical records and can involve the creation of fictitious medical records in your name. It can leave a trail of falsified information in medical records that can plague your medical and financial life for years or even put your health at risk.

“Health departments do not conduct these types of phone surveys,” says Steve Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Don’t give personal health information over the phone to anyone unless you have placed the call and know who you’re dealing with.”

Make sure to read your medical and insurances statements regularly and completely, as they can show signs of identity theft. Check the name of the provider, the date of service and the service provided. If you see a mistake, contact your insurance company and report a problem.

Watch out for signs of medical identity theft:

  • A bill for medical services you didn’t receive.
  • A call from a debt collector about a medical debt you don’t owe.
  • Medical collection notices on your credit report that you don’t recognize.
  • A notice from your health plan saying you reached your benefit limit.
  • A denial of insurance because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.

For more tips, visit www.bbb.org/chicago, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or add us on Pinterest.

Without Addressing Disability We’ll Never Make Meaningful Progress In Ending Police Violence

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By Rebecca Cokley and Lawrence Carter-Long

Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Kajieme Powell, James Boyd, and Ethan Saylor were all killed in controversial and ultimately tragic interactions with law enforcement. Odds are the first four names are more familiar to most people, but what these individuals share in addition to the troubling ways they died might come as a surprise.

It’s not race.

All five individuals were disabled.

Freddie Gray, who died in the custody of Baltimore police was reported to have an intellectual disability due to lead poisoning. Eric Garner, died at the hands of Staten Island police, and was asthmatic. Kajieme Powell, fatally shot by the St Louis Police Department, had a history of mental illness. James Boyd, shot and killed by Albuquerque Police, also had a history of mental illness. Ethan Saylor, who had Down syndrome, died of asphyxia after an incident with off duty officers moonlighting as security guards in Frederick, MD. The medical examiner ruled Saylor’s death a homicide though no charges were filed.

“Disability is the hidden variable in so many of both the day-to-day and worst-case violent interactions between citizens and law enforcement in the United States. Looking at disability allows us to see the intersections among incidents otherwise divided by race, class, gender, weapons used, and outcomes,” said David M. Perry [http://www.thismess.net/p/about-me.html], who has dropped more words on the topic of police violence and disability than any other journalist. “If we don’t get a handle on disability issues,” Perry concludes, “we will not make meaningful headway in solving the problems of police violence and lack of trust in law enforcement in America.”

A September 2014 review of San Francisco officer-involved shootings between 2005 and 2013 by KQED found that a whopping 58 percent of people killed by law enforcement had “mental illness as a contributing factor.”

A year before the Bay area investigation, a 2013 report by the Treatment Advocacy Center and National Sheriffs’ Association estimates that half of the people shot and killed by police in the U.S. “have mental health problems.”

Much like how racial disparities in educational discipline reveal implicit biases that show how disability discrimination contributes to the School To Prison Pipeline, it is critical that we look deeply into disability issues within communities of color as they relate to law enforcement.

There’s much to do, but we can begin by addressing these factors:

· Obtain accurate and up-to-date information. Currently, those monitoring police incidents with disabled people are largely restricted to using media reports for details which are often sketchy and incomplete at best. One way to correct this is to include disability data in the Death in Custody Act and track disabilities that have been acquired while in police custody. Gaining access to information being collected identifying race and gender, while adding disability and related subcategories would go a long way toward giving us an accurate accounting of the situation.

· Non-compliance isn’t automatically criminal. If law enforcement understood that, and acted accordingly, we could minimize the occurrence of police-related violence in all communities. The issues go beyond mental health. Diabetics experiencing insulin reactions have been mistakenly perceived as threatening or intoxicated. Deaf individuals have been pepper sprayed, tasered or worse because police officers didn’t know American Sign Language.
People with cerebral palsy, which often causes speech difficulties and involuntary muscle tremors, have been inaccurately arrested for drunk driving. Some might assume mandatory CIT or Crisis Intervention Training would address these concerns, but there is precious little accountability or even agreed upon standards for assessing the long-term value of these programs. Community involvement can positively influence the CIT experience for all concerned, but to date, there remains no agreed-on standard for gauging or assessing what works.

· We need to end the use of solitary confinement as punishment and practice in detaining youth and people with disabilities. The ACLU contends that “solitary confinement can cause extreme psychological, physical, and developmental harm. For children, who are still developing and more vulnerable to irreparable harm, the risks are magnified – particularly for kids with disabilities or histories of trauma and abuse.”

The systems and structures that sustain police violence against communities of color, people with disabilities, and people of color with disabilities are the same. There’s no reason the common ground that inescapably and undeniably connects our communities shouldn’t be stronger than fear or other factors that, in the end, only support the status quo by keeping us apart.

Rebecca Cokley is the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent agency that advises the White House and Congress on national disability public policy. She joined NCD in 2013 after serving 4 years in the Obama Administration.

Lawrence Carter-Long is NCD’s Public Affairs Specialist. He previously co-authored an article with David Perry on the topic of police violence and disability for THE ATLANTIC in May 2014 [http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/misunderstanding-disability-leads-to-police-violence/361786/].

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

Photo Captions: Rebecca Cokley and Lawrence Carter-Long

Stop McConnell’s Radical Anti-Choice Bill: Sign The Petition

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In May, Boehner passed a radical bill banning access to abortions nationwide.

Now, Mitch McConnell is promising to bring up the same anti-choice bill for a vote in the Senate.

Help us reach 20,000 strong demanding Mitch McConnell STOP imposing his radical anti-choice agenda on American women >>

The Republicans are at it again.

With control over both chambers of Congress, they are pushing through extremist right-wing legislation that will cripple Roe v. Wade.

Their latest attempt? McConnell is setting up a Senate vote prohibiting abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy.

We can’t let Republicans impose their radical anti-choice legislation on Ventura County women and families.

20,000 NEEDED: Click here to tell Senate Republicans to stop attacking a woman’s right to choose >>

It’s important to remember there are many reasons why someone may need access to an abortion. These medical decisions are delicate and complicated and should be decided by a woman and her doctor.

But this legislation would strip women of control over their private health care decisions.

Join us and take a stand against Republicans telling the rest of us what we can do with our bodies:

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Thank you for standing with us,

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Comptroller Munger: Office Committed to Ensuring Personnel Payments

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Comptroller asks Court for order to compensate state employees

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger released the following statement Monday in response to speculation about state personnel payments in light of the ongoing budget impasse:

“Tomorrow my office will be in court requesting an order that will allow me to pay all state employees on their scheduled pay dates, including those serving our most vulnerable residents. As a longtime volunteer for a nonprofit serving the developmentally disabled, I know firsthand how important state support for social services is and I will do everything allowed under law to see that it continues.”

Formerly Detained Chicagoans Join National Call to End Immigrant Detention

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Immigrant families and supporters to rally in front of Chicago immigration building, joining dozens of groups around the country to call attention to the cruelty of immigrant detention.

Immigrant advocacy groups and families will gather in front of the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to hear testimonies of those formerly detained and to call for an end to immigrant detention. Many of the immigrants held in detention are not threats to public safety and many are detained only on the basis of immigration violations but even under the best detention conditions, immigrants experience isolation, depression and trauma. This event is part of a national week of action to end all immigrant detention.

The event will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 12 P.M. (Families will begin to gather at 11:30 AM), at the  ICE field office, 101 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

Formerly detained community members will speak out against detention with support from immigrant groups and Chicago-based community organizations. The event is being led by members of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), a part of the national Not One More Deportation campaign.

Every day there are 34,000 people detained in private and federally run detention centers across the U.S. Immigrants detained in the Chicago area are held at the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, the Tri County Detention Center downstate and county jails in Dodge and Kenosha Counties in Wisconsin. While court battles continue over the expansion of deportation relief programs, immigrant communities continue to be criminalized and persecuted. The deportation machine has not stopped, mothers and children, LGBTQ immigrants, and individuals in detention centers continue to be brutalized and separated from their families and communities. Immigrant detention centers are part of the system of mass incarceration in this country, they continue to rake-in profits for the private companies that run them at the expense of the humanity of the people who are inside. Detained immigrants across the country have staged a series of protests, including hunger-strikes, to denounce the abuse they suffer inside, tomorrow we will join them in calling for an end to all immigrant detention.

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Google Host Diversity Tech Forum in LA

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition, in Partnership With Google, Gathers Entertainment and Technology Incluencers for “Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Forum”

Rainbow Push Google Partnership

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Rainbow PUSH Coalition partnered with Google to present the “Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Forum” at the Google headquarters in Los Angeles. This forum is part of an ongoing program designed to identify ways to open access and create pathways for people of color into the technology industry, as well as increase the level of diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Google executives were on hand to discuss the efforts of Rainbow PUSH, along with a panel of esteemed technology executives who explored the best ways to increase diversity and innovation in technology.

Participants included Malik Ducard, Global Head of Family & Learning, YouTube; Navarrow Wright, Founder, The Close the Divide Project;Jamaal Finkley, President, Black Tree TV; Pierre Johnson, Executive Director, Peggy Beatrice Foundation; Kelly Redmond, Executive Director, Impact Media & Entertainment Coalition; and Sheila Marmon, Founder & CEO, Mirror Digital.

Glenda Gill, Executive Director of Rainbow PUSH, and Chris Genteel, Head of Diversity Markets & Supplier Diversity for Google, opened the forum by introducing the partnership.

“Our goal is to bring unheard voices front and center. We are the conduits to get you heard,” Gill said. Genteel added,”Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it accessible. With Rainbow PUSH, our mission is to make that information accessible to all.”

The main discussion began with a panel led by Navarrow Wright, who moderated the executive panel examining the opportunities and challenges minorities face in technology. Taking advantage of those opportunities, the executives agreed, will lead to great progress and diversification in technological industries. Each panelist gave insight into how the rapidly changing nature of technology and the spread of information will allow people of any color to gain a foothold in the industry and monetize their efforts.

Following the panel, Wright sat down for a fireside chat with Grammy-winning gospel singer/songwriter Erica Campbell to discuss launching and growing her YouTube channel and content creation.

“If you are trying to reach people, social media is a great way to find out if you have. Each [YouTube] subscriber is not just a number for me. They are a person who is interested in what I am doing,” said Campbell.

The event culminated with a discussion between Ducard and Jackson, Founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition about the goals of the Push Tech 2020 initiative and solutions that support diversity in technology and beyond.

“Google has something the community needs: advance technology. The community has something Google needs: market, money, tele-location. Together we can make a great impact. This is the age of advance science technology. We intend to have, in a thousand churches, tech centers so that children can do apps and codes and learn financial literacy and stock market gain,” said Jackson.

With an audience full of emerging entertainment and technology executives, event panelists and speakers provided valuable insight on diversifying the technology field, including taking advantage of expanding platforms and resources and monetizing efforts at every opportunity.

For quote highlights from the panel discussions from Rev. Jesse Jackson, Erica Campbell, and all the panelists, click here.

Photo Caption: Rev. Jesse Jackson Joins Google Executives, Business and Technology Professionals at Google Offices in Los Angeles, CA (Top L-R) Jamaal Finkley, Robert Townsend, Kelly Redmond, Butch Wing, Malik Ducard, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Glenda Gill, Chris Genteel, Navarrow Wright, Sheila Marmon. (Bottom L-R) Pierre Johnson and Allison Bernstein

Photo Credit: Earl Gibson III, Courtesy of the FrontPage Firm


President Obama Petitioned to Honor Ethiopian Hero

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International Council Request President Obama to place wreath at historic gravesite on visit to Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (BlackNews.com) — Yahoshuah Israel, Chairman of the International Council for the Commemoration of Col. John C. Robinson, an organization comprised of members from several countries including Ethiopia, United States Jamaica, Canada and Brazil, has petitioned President Obama to honor the extraordinary legacy of the long forgotten hero of the Ethiopian-Italian war of 1935 during his visit to Ethiopia later this month.

Col. John Robinson, an African American aviation pioneer and Ethiopian war hero. based out of Chicago, founded the first black owned and operated flying school and airport in America. Known as the Father of the Tuskegee Airmen, he would go on to dedicate his life to training the Ethiopian Air force pilots and civilian aviation. Because of his courage and dedication to Ethiopia he became a national hero in its fight against Italian Fascism.

On May 4th thru May 6th the International Council for the Commemoration of Col. John C. Robinson and the Ethiopian Patriot’s Association organized the 1st Annual celebration that brought together both the Ethiopian Government, religious sectors and the American Embassy in honoring Col. Robinson’s dedication and sacrifice to Ethiopia. Among the attendees where US Ambassador to Ethiopia Patricia Haslach, former Ethiopian President Girma Wolde Giorgis who was a friend of Col. Robinson, Foreign Affairs Minster Dr. Tedros Adhanon, the Ethiopian Patriots Association President, Daniel Mesfin, Cardinal GebreYesus of Africa, Rev. Girma Demissie of the International Evangelical Church, Haji Kedir Hussein Hamza, Secretary-General of the Muslim League and a host of other VIPs.

The Event climaxed with the unveiling of a bust commissioned by the International Council on May 6th at the cemetery where his grave had been lost for over 60 years. The Council also participated in the dedication of a reading garden at the American Embassy in February.

The Council is petitioning that the Presidential Medal of Freedom be presented posthumously on Col. Robinson as he was the first American to fight against Fascism to preserve the freedom of the last standing independent African nation when all others were under the domination of European colonialism.

Senator Hunter’s Nephews’ Funerals Set for Friday: Both victims of Gun Violence

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By Chinta Strausberg

Funeral services for Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter’s (D-3rd) nephews, Willie Lee Hunter, 31, and his brother, John Lee Hunter, 25, who were victims of gun violence last Sunday in the Auburn Gresham community, will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Gatling’s Chapel, 10133 So. Halsted St.

Visitation for the Hunter brothers will be held Friday, July 10, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gatling’s Chapel. Their wake will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon with the funeral following from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., according to Senator Hunter. The burial site has yet to be determined.

It was about 6 a.m. last Sunday when Willie Lee Hunter and his brother John, sat in a rented car at 89th and Paulina when someone walked up and shot into the car, according to Senator Hunter. While John drove away in an attempt to escape more bullets, he crashed into a building housing a veteran’s organization. Both men died.

The brother of Senator Hunter’s nephews was killed in a car accident more than 20-years ago “almost to the date, the senator said. “They were the last children of my sister, Angela,” she said.

Senator Hunter said both of her nephews had gotten into some trouble and that it was John who wanted to escape the violence of Chicago’s gangs and to get a job. “He couldn’t find a job here,” said Sen. Hunter. “He moved to Jefferson City, MO. where his father lives, and he found employment. His brother, Willie, moved the next year and also found a job.

When the Hunter brothers lived in Chicago, Willie Hunter resided in Fuller Park and John in the Auburn Gresham community, according to the senator.

“While both of them had gotten into trouble a few times, they were now working and trying to get on the straight and arrow, and they were very successful until this happened,” Sen. Hunter said.

“I feel terrible,” the senator said. “I’ve been very sad not only for my sister but for my family and the victims.” She said her nephews tried to escape the violence in Chicago and did so until they came back to celebrate the Fourth of July with her family. “They were killed on the same day they were to return to Jefferson City because both had to be at work Monday morning,” Sen. Hunter said.

Willie and John Hunter leave to mourn their mother, Angela, John Hunter’s father, John Davis from Jefferson City, MO, an aunt, Senator Mattie Hunter, and a host of friends and relatives. Willie Hunter’s father is deceased.

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.

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