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Archive for July 8th, 2015

Munger to Appeal Court Ruling Denying Payment to State Employees

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Comptroller seeks to pay workers for services provided

CHICAGO, IL – Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger released the following statement Tuesday in response to a court ruling that state employees may not be paid during the budget impasse:

“I am disappointed and respectfully disagree with today’s ruling. We went to Court to ensure that my office can comply with federal law and compensate employees for services they are already providing to the state. Ultimately, that can best be accomplished by paying all workers as scheduled. I am most concerned about the impact this decision will have on our ability to pay those providing services to our most vulnerable residents, and I will continue to seek a remedy with their interests at the forefront of my mind.

“My office will soon file an appeal to today’s decision and will provide further information as it becomes available.”

Attorney General Madigan’s Statement on Court’s Ruling to Authorize Payments for Critical Services During Budget Impasse

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued the following statement in response to Judge Diane Larsen’s ruling yesterday in Cook County Circuit Court, clarifying the State’s authority to pay for critical services without an enacted State budget.

Statement from Attorney General Lisa Madigan:

“This entire situation has been caused by the failure of the Governor and the Legislature to enact a budget.

The Attorney General has been fighting to make sure that the State can legally provide critical government services to the people most in need of them.

The court’s order authorizes only payments that can be made legally without a budget, for example, services for children in the foster care system, low-income families who cannot afford to pay for groceries, and mentally and physically disabled individuals who need residential support. By doing this, the order ensures individuals who are dependent on these critical government services are not hurt by the Governor’s and Legislature’s failure to enact a budget.

I absolutely want State employees to be paid their full wages. But the Illinois Constitution and case law are clear: The State cannot pay employees without a budget. The judge’s order reaffirms this. It remains up to the Governor and the Legislature to enact a state budget to allow for necessary government operations and programs to continue.”

President Obama’s Remarks on Progress in the Fight Against ISIL

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President Barack Obama:

Good afternoon, everybody.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend — especially our men and women in uniform.  This Fourth of July we were honored to once again welcome some of our incredible troops and their families to share Fourth of July and fireworks at the White House.  It was another chance for us, on behalf of the American people, to express our gratitude for their extraordinary service around the world every day.

And that includes the work that brings me here today — our mission to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL.  This is a cause, a coalition, that’s united countries across the globe — some 60 nations, including Arab partners.  Our comprehensive strategy against ISIL is harnessing all elements of American power, across our government — military, intelligence, diplomatic, economic, development and perhaps most importantly, the power of our values.

Last month, I ordered additional actions in support of our strategy.  I just met with my national security team as part of our regular effort to assess our efforts — what’s working and what we can do better.  Secretary Carter, Chairman Dempsey, I want to thank you and your team for welcoming us and for your leadership, including General Austin who’s leading the military campaign.  And I want to summarize briefly where we stand.

I want to start by repeating what I’ve said since the beginning.  This will not be quick.  This is a long-term campaign.  ISIL is opportunistic and it is nimble.  In many places in Syria and Iraq, including urban areas, it’s dug in among innocent civilian populations.  It will take time to root them out — and doing so must be the job of local forces on the ground, with training and air support from our coalition.

As with any military effort, there will be periods of progress, but there are also going to be some setbacks — as we’ve seen with ISIL’s gains in Ramadi in Iraq and central and southern Syria.  But today, it’s also important for us to recognize the progress that’s been made.

Our coalition has now hit ISIL with more than 5,000 airstrikes.  We’ve taken out thousands of fighting positions, tanks, vehicles, bomb factories, and training camps.  We’ve eliminated thousands of fighters, including senior ISIL commanders.  And over the past year, we’ve seen that when we have an effective partner on the ground, ISIL can be pushed back.

In Iraq, ISIL lost at the Mosul Dam.  ISIL lost at Mount Sinjar.  ISIL has lost repeatedly across Kirkuk Province.  ISIL lost at Tikrit.  Altogether, ISIL has lost more than a quarter of the populated areas that it had seized in Iraq.  In Syria, ISIL lost at Kobani.  It’s recently endured losses across northern Syria, including the key city of Tal Abyad, denying ISIL a vital supply route to Raqqa, its base of operations in Syria.

So these are reminders that ISIL’s strategic weaknesses are real.  ISIL is surrounded by countries and communities committed to its destruction.  It has no air force; our coalition owns the skies.  ISIL is backed by no nation.  It relies on fear, sometimes executing its own disillusioned fighters.  Its unrestrained brutality often alienates those under its rule, creating new enemies.  In short, ISIL’s recent losses in both Syria and Iraq prove that ISIL can and will be defeated.

Indeed, we’re intensifying our efforts against ISIL’s base in Syria.  Our airstrikes will continue to target the oil and gas facilities that fund so much of their operations.  We’re going after the ISIL leadership and infrastructure in Syria — the heart of ISIL that pumps funds and propaganda to people around the world.  Partnering with other countries — sharing more information, strengthening laws and border security — allows us to work to stem the flow of foreign fighters to Syria as well as Iraq, and to stem, obviously, the flow of those fighters back into our own countries.  This continues to be a challenge, and, working together, all our nations are going to need to do more, but we’re starting to see some progress.

We’ll continue cracking down on ISIL’s illicit finance around the world.  By the way, if Congress really wants to help in this effort, they can confirm Mr. Adam Szubin, our nominee for Treasury Under Secretary to lead this effort.  This is a vital position to our counterterrorism efforts.  Nobody suggests Mr. Szubin is not qualified.  He’s highly qualified.  Unfortunately, his nomination has been languishing up on the Hill, and we need the Senate to confirm him as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, we continue to ramp up our training and support of local forces that are fighting ISIL on the ground.  As I’ve said before, this aspect of our strategy was moving too slowly.  But the fall of Ramadi has galvanized the Iraqi government.  So, with the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up training of ISIL [Iraqi] forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes in Anbar Province.

More Sunni volunteers are coming forward.  Some are already being trained, and they can be a new force against ISIL.  We continue to accelerate the delivery of critical equipment, including anti-tank weapons, to Iraqi security forces, including the Peshmerga and tribal fighters.  And I made it clear to my team that we will do more to train and equip the moderate opposition in Syria.

Now, all this said, our strategy recognizes that no amount of military force will end the terror that is ISIL unless it’s matched by a broader effort — political and economic — that addresses the underlying conditions that have allowed ISIL to gain traction.  They have filled a void, and we have to make sure that as we push them out that void is filled.  So, as Iraqi cities and towns are liberated from ISIL, we’re working with Iraq and the United Nations to help communities rebuild the security, services and governance that they need.  We continue to support the efforts of Prime Minister Abadi to forge an inclusive and effective Iraqi government that unites all the people of Iraq — Shia, Sunnis, Kurds and all minority communities.

In Syria, the only way that the civil war will end — and in a way so that the Syrian people can unite against ISIL — is an inclusive political transition to a new government, without Bashar Assad — a government that serves all Syrians.  I discussed this with our Gulf Cooperation Council partners at Camp David and during my recent call with President Putin.  I made it clear the United States will continue to work for such a transition.

And a glimmer of good news is I think an increasing recognition on the part of all the players in the region that given the extraordinary threat that ISIL poses it is important for us to work together, as opposed to at cross-purposes, to make sure that an inclusive Syrian government exists.

While the focus of our discussions today was on Iraq and Syria, ISIL and its ideology also obviously pose a grave threat beyond the region.  In recent weeks we’ve seen deadly attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.  We see a growing ISIL presence in Libya and attempts to establish footholds across North Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Southeast Asia. We’ve seen attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, France and Copenhagen.

So I’ve called on the international community to unite against this scourge of violent extremism.  In this fight, the United States continues to lead.  When necessary to prevent attacks against our nation, we’ll take direct action against terrorists.  We’ll continue to also partner with nations from Afghanistan to Nigeria to build up their security forces.  We’re going to work day and night with allies and partners to disrupt terrorist networks and thwart attacks, and to smother nascent ISIL cells that may be trying to develop in other parts of the world.

This also includes remaining vigilant in protecting against attacks here in the homeland.  Now, I think it’s important for us to recognize the threat of violent extremism is not restricted to any one community.  Here in the United States, we’ve seen all kinds of homegrown terrorism.  And tragically, recent history reminds us how even a single individual motivated by a hateful ideology with access to dangerous weapons can inflict horrendous harm on Americans.  So our efforts to counter violent extremism must not target any one community because of their faith or background, including patriotic Muslim Americans who are our partners in keeping our country safe.

That said, we also have to acknowledge that ISIL has been particularly effective at reaching out to and recruiting vulnerable people around the world, including here in the United States.  And they are targeting Muslim communities around the world.  Numerous individuals have been arrested across the country for plotting attacks or attempting to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.  Two men apparently inspired by ISIL opened fire in Garland, Texas.  And because of our success over the years in improving our homeland security, we’ve made it harder for terrorists to carry out large-scale attacks like 9/11 here at home.

But the threat of lone wolves or small cells of terrorists is complex — it’s harder to detect and harder to prevent.  It’s one of the most difficult challenges that we face.  And preventing these kinds of attacks on American soil is going to require sustained effort.

So I just want to repeat, the good news is that because of extraordinary efforts from law enforcement as well as our military intelligence, we are doing a better job at preventing any large-scale attacks on the homeland.  On the other hand, the small, individual lone wolf attacks or small cells become harder to detect and they become more sophisticated, using new technologies.  And that means that we’re going to have to pick up our game to prevent these attacks.

It’s also true why, ultimately, in order for us to defeat terrorist groups like ISIL and al Qaeda it’s going to also require us to discredit their ideology — the twisted thinking that draws vulnerable people into their ranks.  As I’ve said before — and I know our military leaders agree — this broader challenge of countering violent extremism is not simply a military effort.  Ideologies are not defeated with guns; they’re defeated by better ideas — a more attractive and more compelling vision.

So the United States will continue to do our part, by working with partners to counter ISIL’s hateful propaganda, especially online.  We’ll constantly reaffirm through words and deeds that we will never be at war with Islam.  We’re fighting terrorists who distort Islam and whose victims are mostly Muslims.  But around the world, we’re also going to insist on partnering with Muslim communities as they seek security, prosperity and the dignity that they deserve.  And we’re going to expect those communities to step up in terms of pushing back as hard as they can, in conjunction with other people of goodwill, against these hateful ideologies in order to discredit them more effectively, particularly when it comes to what we’re teaching young people.

And this larger battle for hearts and minds is going to be a generational struggle.  It’s ultimately not going to be won or lost by the United States alone.  It will be decided by the countries and the communities that terrorists like ISIL target.  It’s going to be up to Muslim communities, including scholars and clerics, to keep rejecting warped interpretations of Islam, and to protect their sons and daughters from recruitment.  It will be up to all people — leaders and citizens — to reject the sectarianism that so often fuels the resentments and conflicts upon which terrorists are currently thriving.  It will be up to governments to address the political and economic grievances that terrorists exploit.

Nations that empower citizens to decide their own destiny, that uphold human rights for all their people, that invest in education and create opportunities for their young people — those can be powerful antidotes to extremist ideologies.  Those are the countries that will find a true partner in the United States.

In closing, let me note that this Fourth of July we celebrated 239 years of American independence.  Across more than two centuries, we’ve faced much bigger, much more formidable challenges than this — Civil War, a Great Depression, fascism, communism, terrible natural disasters, 9/11.  And every time, every generation, our nation has risen to the moment.  We don’t simply endure; we emerge stronger than before.  And that will be the case here.

Our mission to destroy ISIL and to keep our country safe will be difficult.  It will take time.  There will be setbacks as well as progress.  But as President and Commander-in-Chief, I want to say to all our men and women in uniform who are serving in this operation — our pilots, the crews on the ground, our personnel not only on the ground but at sea, our intelligence teams and our diplomatic teams — I want to thank you.  We are proud of you, and you have my total confidence that you’re going to succeed.

To the American people, I want to say we will continue to be vigilant.  We will persevere.  And just as we have for more than two centuries, we will ultimately prevail.

Thank you very much, everybody.  And thanks to the team up on the stage here with me — they’re doing an outstanding job.

Q    Take a question?

THE PRESIDENT:  You know what, I will take a question.  Go ahead.

Q    Every servicemember who is listening to you today, Mr. President, is wondering, are you going to veto the defense bills that are going to pay me?  What is your latest thinking on that? Because we’ve heard secondhand through statements of policy that your advisors would threaten a veto.  What’s your take, sir?  Would you veto the appropriations bills?

THE PRESIDENT:  Our men and women are going to get paid.  And if you’ll note that I’ve now been President for six and a half years and we’ve had some wrangling with Congress in the past — our servicemembers haven’t missed a paycheck.

But what is also important in terms of our budget is making sure that we are not short-changing all the elements of American power that allow us to secure the nation and to project our power around the world.  So what we’re not going to do is to accept a budget that short-changes our long-term requirements for new technologies, for readiness.  We’re not going to eat our seed corn by devoting too much money on things we don’t need now and robbing ourselves of the capacity to make sure that we’re prepared for future threats.

I’ve worked very closely with the Chairman and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a budget that is realistic and that looks out into the future and says this is how we’re going to handle any possible contingency.  And we can’t do that if we’ve got a budget that short-changes vital operations and continues to fund things that are not necessary.

We also have to remind ourselves that the reason we have the best military in the world is, first and foremost, because we’ve got the best troops in history.  But it’s also because we’ve got a strong economy, and we’ve got a well-educated population.  And we’ve got an incredible research operation and universities that allow us to create new products that then can be translated into our military superiority around the world.  We short-change those, we’re going to be less secure.

So the way we have to look at this budget is to recognize that, A, we can’t think short term, we’ve got to think long term; and B, part of our national security is making sure that we continue to have a strong economy and that we continue to make the investments that we need in things like education and research that are going to be vital for us to be successful long term.

Q    As an Army reservist, I’m curious to know if you have any plans to send any more American troops overseas right now, any additional forces.

THE PRESIDENT:  There are no current plans to do so.  That’s not something that we currently discussed.  I’ve always said that I’m going to do what’s necessary to protect the homeland.

One of the principles that we all agree on, though, and I pressed folks pretty hard because in these conversations with my military advisors I want to make sure I’m getting blunt and unadultered [sic] uncensored advice.  But in every one of the conversations that we’ve had, the strong consensus is that in order for us to succeed long-term in this fight against ISIL we have to develop local security forces that can sustain progress.

It is not enough for us to simply send in American troops to temporarily set back organizations like ISIL, but to then, as soon as we leave, see that void filled once again with extremists.  It is going to be vital for us to make sure that we are preparing the kinds of local ground forces and security forces with our partners that can not only succeed against ISIL, but then sustain in terms of security and in terms of governance.

Because if we try to do everything ourselves all across the Middle East, all across North Africa, we’ll be playing Whack-a-Mole and there will be a whole lot of unintended consequences that ultimately make us less secure.

All right?  Thank you.  I didn’t even plan to do this.  (Laughter.)  You guys got two bonus questions.

Thank you.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Momentum Builds Toward August 29th March on City Hall for Community Control of the Police

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Prominent ministers, labor organizations, and national figures in the movement against police crimes are joining the call to march on Chicago City Hall on August 29th.

In August, the Black Lives Matter movement will mark the anniversary of the police murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) will cap a month of commemorations with a march of thousands to demand an all elected, Civilian Police Accountability Council.

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the Alliance, said, “It’s time to end the daily count of African American victims of police crimes, and the recurrent denial of justice when the killer walks free.” Chapman explained, “To get justice for our community, we need an elected, Civilian Police Accountability council (CPAC).”

Rev. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, has added his voice as an endorser of the call for the August 29 march, joining the thousands that will march to City Hall that day.

On June 28th, the renowned academic and former political prisoner, Angela Davis, came to Chicago to support a modern day victim of political repression by the U.S. government, Rasmea Odeh. Prof. Davis also spoke about her support for CPAC. “This is not a “review” board, but an “accountability” council to be sure that victims of police crimes receive justice…It’s not only controlling how the police are policed, but also how our own communities are policed.”

Other organizations and leaders recently adding themselves to the snowball of support for CPAC include the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Chicago Chapter; the Coalition of Labor Union Women; Fight For 15; Black Caucus, Illinois Federation of Teachers; SEIU Local 73; and Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Parliament of World’s Religions.

On August 29th, the march will kick off at 12:00 Noon from Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

Presidential Candidates Confirm to Speak at National Urban League Conference

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Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley Confirm to Speak at National Urban League Conference

All roads lead to South Florida this summer where candidates for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election will participate in the 2015 National Urban League Conference, “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs & Justice.” Candidates confirmed to participate to date include, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the candidates address the conference and share their visions for “saving our cities” on Friday, July 31.

Register today!

Other featured speakers and honorees include, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Susan L. Taylor, Ambassador Andrew Young, Rev. Al Sharpton, attorney Benjamin Crump, and president and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc Morial. The conference also features numerous luncheons, receptions and the closing Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Gala with a special tribute to the cast of SELMA. In addition, the N.U.L. Experience Expo Hall includes exciting exhibits, entertainment, a Health Zone, College Fair and chances to win big prizes. The Conference also will present a Career & Networking Fair, a One-Day Entrepreneurship Summit and the Young Professionals Summit. You do not want to miss this momentous event!

Register today!

Visit the conference site or download the National Urban League Conference App in the Google Play Store or iTunes for more information and to register today!

Former US Senate Chief of Staff and Legislator Named National Urban League Policy Director

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NEW YORK – Former U.S. Senate Chief of Staff Don Cravins, Jr., has been named the National Urban League’s Senior Vice President for Policy and Executive Director of National Urban League Washington Bureau.

“Don’s experience and expertise will deploy enhance the National Urban League’s activism and advocacy initiatives,” League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “We’re thrilled to welcome Don and look forward to his dynamic leadership of our Washington Bureau.”

Cravins was the only African-American Chief of Staff in the Senate when he accepted that role from U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana in January of 2013. Prior to that, he served as one of only two African-American staff directors in the U.S. Senate from 2009 to 2013, when he was Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the  Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Most recently, he served as the Deputy National Political Director at The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  Cravins was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2004.  At that time, he and his father, State Senator Don Cravins, Sr., made Louisiana history by becoming the first and only father and son to serve in the Louisiana Legislature at the same time.  In 2006, Don was elected to the Louisiana Senate for the seat vacated by his father, which he held until 2009. He was a Congressional candidate in the 7th Congressional District of Louisiana in 2008.

In addition to his duties at AIPAC, Don is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University where he teaches Prosecution and Litigation in Intellectual Property and is also a member of the Washington DC Army National Guard Judge Advocate General Corps where he holds the rank of Captain in Trial Defense Services.

A native of Southwest Louisiana, Cravins earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from  Louisiana State University  and a law degree from Southern University Law Center. He and his wife, Yvette Puckett Cravins, the Chief of Staff for Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., have three children: Dominique Claire, 16; Don III “Trey,” 14;  and Chloe Denise, 4. The Cravins reside in Washington, DC.

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.

Zina Pierre Ministries Presents: ‘The Breaking Room Encounter’ 2015 Conference With Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant

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The Empowerment Conference will be headlined by host Pastor Zina Pierre with guest speaker, Reverend Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Pastor, Empowerment Temple

Arlington, VA – Hundreds of men and women from across the country and the Washington, DC Metropolitan area are expected to convene at The Westin Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA on August 27-29, 2015 for “The Breaking Room Encounter 2015 Conference.” This year’s theme, “Positioned for the Promise” will provide conferees with the tools for how to reposition their lives and live an accelerated life.

“Last year’s conference held at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel was life changing for hundreds of attendees, and I’m believing God for another power shift. From the Conference workshops to the Thursday and Friday evening worship services, (which are free and open to the public), we are preparing conferees to become “movers and shifters” in their communities and their churches, said Pastor Zina Pierre.

Speakers from across the DMV including Dr. Jamal Bryant, as well as numerous pastors, life and faith coaches will provide workshops and worship services focusing on physical and spiritual health and wellness, as well as strengthening families and marriages. We will also collect clothing items and toiletries to be donated to local clothing banks, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing for homeless women in the DMV.

The Breaking Room is a virtual ministry that reaches over 5,000 men and women across the country and abroad via social media, an interactive website, webinar trainings and conference calls. Our professionally trained team of ministers and lay persons work collectively to empower men and women to understanding their life’s purpose and helping others. This takes place through weekly webinar training, mental and spiritual health, as well as wellness planning and practice.
Through our “Share the Love Outreach” program, TBR members visit and donate blankets to the elderly and the sick, participate in reading programs for the youth, and donate toiletries and clothing to battered women shelters and transitional homes throughout the year. Pastor Zina Pierre will also release her new book, “Your Prayers Matter to God: A 50 Day Strategic Prayer Guide and Devotional” prior to the Conference available through The Breaking Room Store on the Ministry’s website at www.thebreakingroom.com. She will also autograph and sell her book at the Conference.

Visit our website for all information on the conference, and our numerous outreach programs, including the Share the Love Outreach initiative. To book Pastor Zina Pierre or to secure media interviews, contact Dr. Unnia L. Pettus, Director of PR and Marketing at (202) 696-2790 or via e-mail at upettus@thebreakingroom.com. (See attached conference schedule).

The Breaking Room Encounter 2015 Conference Schedule

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Registration: 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Opening Worship Service:
7:30 p.m.
Pastor Zina Pierre
The Breaking Room, Lanham, Maryland

Friday, August 28, 2015

Morning Glory Workout: “Building a Better You”
6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.

Strategic Prayer:
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast:
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
“Standing in the Midst of Trials”

Workshop I:
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
“Behind the Veil”

Workshop II:
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
“The Weight of the Wait”

LUNCH BREAK: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Midday Worship Service:
1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Prophet Orin Perry
House of Mandate
Roanoke Rapids, NC

Evening Worship Service:
7:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Pastor
The Empowerment Temple
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, August, 29, 2015

Morning Glory Workout: “Building a Better You”
6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.

Strategic Prayer:
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Prayer Breakfast:
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
“Your Health Matters to God”

Plenary Session:
Real Talk:
9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
“Spiritual DNA of Boaz vs. Ruth, Balancing Healthy Relationships”

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
“Single, Saved and Scared or Secure?”

Workshop I:
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“Living an Accelerated Life”

Workshop II:
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
“Mover and Shifter: Go Get Your Life Back”

Divine Closing Impartation Service:
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Pastor Zina Pierre

For more information, contact  Dr. Unnia L. Pettus at 202-696-2790

Photo Captions: Pastor Zina Pierre and Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant

New Book, “America The Black Point of View”

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NAACP Image Award Winner Tony Rose Pens “America The Black Point of View”

“America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy – The 1950’s and 1960’s – From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One” (Amber Books) by Tony Rose, is essentially a childrens story. A story of tens of millions of African American children locked away, in the segregated, red lined ghettos and housing projects of America. Living in a bad and horrific environment, in bad conditions, with bad parents, in bad schools, where death rides hard and is known by everybody.

Tony Rose, author of America: The Black Point of View

Nationwide – In this Investigation and Study of the White people of Western Europe and America, author Tony Rose takes you on a four million year autobiographical and historic journey of great beauty and even greater horror.

The screams and howls of centuries of terror, violence and brutality transcend time as you, the reader, are taken on a tremendously honest, never before written, seen, heard or read in American literature, epic journey from Africa to Western Europe to the Americas in this compelling, violent, and true story of two turbulent and distinct African American families of unbridled good and evil, both born and raised in the brutality and horror of American slavery, segregation and Jim Crow.

The journey takes you all the way to the terrifying, vicious and savagely honest, invisible black ghetto world of a child, and then teenager, growing up in the housing projects of the 1950’s and 1960’s, where the schools of hard knocks and “real fucked up shit” are taught, lived, and died in, side by side.

I come from a place that is so invisible that you can hardly see me. Yet, I am despised, hated and feared more than anyone or anything. I am invisible, I live in the real ghetto, the projects. I am poor and hungry, I live in the underbelly of America and I am poor and have nothing. I am a black man, I am a black woman, I am a black child, and I am invisible, until someone kills me. — Tony Rose

Rose explains:

I found out early on that this was not going to be an easy book to write. I wanted to write an autobiography about my early childhood and teen years and the horrific murderers, pimps, gangsters, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, child abusers and thieves, that I grew up with, lived with, called family, and write about in “The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy”. I soon realized that I could not write about me as an African American child and teen living in America, without writing about White America, what it was like when I was a child, how it shaped the people around me and what it is like to now live in America, which for millions of African American children is horrific, terrifying, and not so very different than it was for me as a child.

I also wanted to write about what it was like for a child and young teenager to grow up in the real ghetto, the projects, and come from a dysfunctional and violent family where contrary to what poor Black people are always depicted as; there was no God, no church on Sunday, no marching with Martin Luther King, Jr., and no singing in the church choir.

I have written this book to show how White racism and White supremacy affected the lives of the people I lived and grew up with. Also as a study of 70% of White people and their genetic ability to hate people who are different than them, and I also had wondered if there had ever been a study based on the White People of America.

I also realized that because I was writing an autobiography that I could not and should not leave out the history of my forefathers, my ancestors. That any autobiography from an African American should include my/our forefathers going all the way back to Africa and include the story of what Western Europe and the United States of America did to my African ancestors in Africa and on their journey to America in Slave Ships and include their life in America through Slavery, Cultural Destruction, Emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Segregation, Institutional Racism, Inter-Generational Poverty, the Civil Rights Era and the Obama Era.

And because a piece of my heritage and blood is Native American, I thought that I would include a small amount of their journey, and also, because a piece of my heritage and blood is Western European(Portuguese, French and English) I thought that I would include the horrors of that bloodline and the rapes, massacres and enslavement that this bloodline perpetuated on my two other bloodlines, and thus begin a study of the White People of America; who they are and where they come from. My hope is that this will be a beginning into a more complete and complex scientific, college and university level investigation and study of The White Man and The White People of America.

And I also wrote this book, because, I always hear White American politicians and people always asking this one basic question, What is wrong with Black People?, so because I am a Black people, I thought that I would make an attempt to answer and explain the question What is wrong with Black people. Well the answer is White people and the explanation is inside this book.

Also, because since the day I was born all I have ever heard is White people talking about Black people, maligning Black people, blaming Black people, accusing Black, defining Black people to this very minute, this very second without a clue as to what the fuck they are talking about. And year after year, decade after decade, century after century goes by without White people being defined by Black people. Well, this book defines who White people are, and blames them for everything that has happened to Black people and people of color in not only America, but, the world.

The films shot and books written about the Transatlantic Slave Trade Holocaust and Slavery, including Amistad, Roots and Twelve Years a Slave, all had White people involved, as either writers, directors, producers or executive producers, and even the writers of the books, Alex Haley, Solomon Northup, etc., all had White people involved as Publishers and Editors. So the true and detailed story of the atrocities and horrors of what the White people of America and Western Europe did to West Africa, Africa, its people for five hundred long years and to the generations of hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of Africans, those of African descent around the world, including African Americans, has never really been told. Who these White people were, what they were, where they came from, what made the White people of Western Europe and America go crazy and have a blood lust and hatred for Africans, Africa, African Americans and people of African descent, to enslave and colonize them for five hundred years has never been told.

It is my hope that the poor, underprivileged, disenfranchised, African Americans in the housing projects and ghettos of urban and rural America and Black Africans throughout West Africa and Africa and the poor People of Color around the world who have been put into generational poverty and cultural destruction through the hypocrisy and greed of the White People of Western Europe and America will by reading this book know that they have nothing to be ashamed of. That the shame is on every White person of Western European and White American background who walks the face of Gods green Earth.

And, I wrote this book, because 70% of the White people of America have never, ever, had to or been made to take responsibility or to atone for their sins and the atrocities, horrors and sins of their ancestors. In fact White people still continue to malign Black people, disrespect Black people, make fun of Black people, pass laws that would hinder and take away Black peoples affirmative action and voting rights. All the while, even though the 30% of the White people of America who mean well and try to do everything they can to right the wrong that America has done, still allow their Politicians to continue to blame and make fun of that poor Black mother with three children on food stamps as if she was the cause of all the United States ills.

Yet America still gives tens and tens of millions of dollars to some tribesmen in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and billions and billions of dollars to other nations and their armies in Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Iran, while here in America our military veterans are sleeping in the street and working parents cant make enough to feed their children healthy food and the masses of Black people in America have nothing, but a rats nest, fucking project or ghetto apartment. These same White politicians have continuously belittled and look down on, lied to, cheat and blame Black people for everything wrong with America, with a smugness that always suggests and says that no atonement, reparation or thought for Black people is necessary for anything, especially the horrors of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation, and that our ancestors pain, suffering and blood for this country does not and did not matter. So I thought I would write a book that also tells Black people and especially White people why reparations and atonement from White people and the United States Federal Government is necessary.

And finally I thought, well, everything else has been done to try to repair Race Relations between Blacks and Whites in America; so I thought that I would try to do something different than had ever been done before.

Which is to give White people, along with my unique African American childhood and experience, detailed in The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy section of this book, the cold hard facts, mixed with the truth, over and over and over and over and over and over, and over, and over, and over again, about what did happen between Black people and White people in Western Europe and America.

After you have read the “An Investigation and Study of the White People of Western Europe and America” section of this book, my hope is that White people and Black people will finally understand what happened and why. And that with the knowledge both cultures, both so-called races, will begin a dialogue that can be truly open and honest. Please let me know if I have done that. You can email me at amberbk@aol.com when you have finished reading the book.

About The Author:
Tony Rose, was born in Roxbury, (Boston) Massachusetts and raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects. He is an NAACP Image Award Winner, the Publisher and CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nations largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies and the 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature (Youth/Teens) for the title, Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons A Dialogue for Americas Young Leaders (Amber Books) by Gregory J. Reed, Esq.

He is the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national bestseller, Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose, and has penned the critically acclaimed, international best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years. He has written, compiled, edited and published, the award winning, international best-seller, African American History In The United States of AmericaAn AnthologyFrom Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book and has recently written the critically acclaimed, America the Black Point of View An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto BoyThe 1950s and 1960sFrom the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One.

About the Book:
America The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe and the Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy in the 1950’s and 1960’s (From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner) Volume One
By Tony Rose
ISBN # 978-1-937269-50-0
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Afro-pop Under the Stars! A Special HotHouse Upcoming Event Friday, July 17th

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Concert to Benefit HotHouse
African Artists Kinobe and Jaja
perform in a special intimate evening of music

The concert supports the efforts of the HotHouse to develop a new permanent home for their award winning programs

Born near Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kinobe (Chinobay) is a gifted Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist known for his inspired synthesis of African roots and global fusion. Over the years as a touring musician he has shared the stage with re-known African musicians including Toumani Diabate, Youssou N’dour, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi and Baaba Maal. Kinobe is proud to be a World Ambassador for the Harmony Foundation (CANADA) supporting their important work on environmental protection and social development and improving the lives of children and their families around the world.  In 2014 Kinobe performed in renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center and BAM Center, (Brooklyn Academy of music).
Jean-Jean Bashengezi known by his childhood name “JAJA”, was born and raised in Bukavu, the capital of Kivu province in eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).

At age 12, JAJA and his friends started making tin can drums by wrapping the open tin tops with rubber. played them with sticks. At 14, he discovered a three string acoustic guitar made by one of his friends with its strings made out of bicycle break parts.  In 1992, JAJA created a  group at his university to sing songs about social issues, from reggae to French pop music. In the mix of the Rwandan genocide, the Eastern Congo became the center of war and massacre then followed the fall of Mobutu dictatorship. Musicians became a danger to the conspiracy and JAJA had no choice but run for his life. He fled to Uganda where a new page of his life began. In 1997, he moved to Kampala, carrying his luggage and acoustic guitar and was granted  refugee status. Because Congolese music was popular all over East Africa, JAJA soon became one of the best known lead soukouss guitarists in Kampala.  Jaja has played the world over sharing the stage with Vieux Farka Toure, Habib Koite and many long time HotHouse Favorites !

Listen to this sample of their music

Imagine a warm starry night with new friends, extraordinary  music from far away lands a chance to build meaningful community ……

This special concert is another rare opportunity presented by HotHouse to meet up close, some of the world’s most compelling artists in a very intimate setting.
Friday July 17
7 pm
in the backyard at the home of Salome Chasnoff and Brad Newton
6119 N. Hermitage (near Ridge and Peterson)Chicago

Given the limited number of tickets available
It is recommended to pre-purchase your tickets

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Brad R. Carson – Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense
  • Peter William Bodde – Ambassador to Libya, Department of State
  • Catherine Ebert-Gray – Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu, Department of State
  • Dennis B. Hankins – Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, Department of State
  • Elisabeth I. Millard – Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, Department of State

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people.  I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Brad R. Carson, Nominee for Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

Brad R. Carson is the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and has served as Under Secretary of the Army since March 2014.  Previously, Mr. Carson served as General Counsel of the Army from 2012 to 2014.  He was a Professor of Business Law at the University of Tulsa from 2009 to 2012 and the Director of the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa from 2010 to 2012.  Mr. Carson served on active military duty as a U.S. Navy officer deployed to Iraq, embedded with the U.S. Army’s 84th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion from 2008 to 2009.  Mr. Carson was the CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses, L.L.C. from 2006 to 2008 and a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005.  From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Carson represented the 2nd District of Oklahoma in the United States House of Representatives.  Mr. Carson received a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from Trinity College at Oxford University, and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Ambassador Peter William Bodde, Nominee for Ambassador to Libya, Department of State

Ambassador Peter William Bodde, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, a position he has held since 2012.  Ambassador Bodde served as Assistant Chief of Mission for Assistance Transition at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2010 to 2012 and as U.S. Ambassador to Malawi from 2008 to 2010.  He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2006 to 2008.  From 2002 to 2006, Ambassador Bodde was Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany.  Prior to this, he served as Director of the State Department’s Office of Management Policy from 2000 to 2002 and as Administrative Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 1997 to 2000.  Ambassador Bodde served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal from 1994 to 1997.  His earlier assignments include postings in Denmark, Bulgaria, and Guyana.  Ambassador Bodde received a B.A. from the University of Maryland.

Catherine Ebert-Gray, Nominee for Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Vanuatu, Department of State

Catherine Ebert-Gray, a career member of the Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Administration, a position she has held since 2011.  Previously, Ms. Ebert-Gray served as the Director of the Office of Overseas Employment from 2009 to 2011, as a Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines from 2006 to 2009, and the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco from 2005 to 2006.  Prior to that, she served in the Department as a Supervisory Post Management Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and a Program Analysis Officer in the Bureau of Administration from 2001 to 2002.  She also served as a Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali from 1999 to 2001, as a Management/Contracting Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, Germany and at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany from 1998 to 1999, and as a Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lome, Togo from 1995 to 1997.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Ebert-Gray served as a General Services Officer in Australia, Egypt, and Papua New Guinea.  Ms. Ebert-Gray received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.

Dennis B. Hankins, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, Department of State

Dennis B. Hankins, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a position he has held since 2012.  Previously, Mr. Hankins served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan from 2010 to 2012 and at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2007 to 2010.  He also served as the Deputy Director at the Department of State’s Office of Peacekeeping in the Bureau of International Organizations from 2005 to 2007, as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2004 to 2005, and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 2001 to 2004.  Prior to this, he was a Political/Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal from 1999 to 2001 and a Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1996 to 1998.  His earlier assignments with the Department of State include postings in Brazil, Haiti, Sudan, and Thailand.  Mr. Hankins received a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from the National War College.

Elisabeth I. Millard, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, Department of State

Elisabeth I. Millard, a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Executive Secretary at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2013.  Previously, Ms. Millard served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan from 2011 to 2013, as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco from 2008 to 2011, and as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asian Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2006 to 2008.  Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2004 to 2006, as Director for South and Central Asian Affairs on the National Security Council staff from 2002 to 2004, and as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India from 2000 to 2002.  Ms. Millard also served as a Desk Officer in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and a Watch Officer in the Executive Secretariat at the Department of State.  She began her career in the Foreign Service with assignments in the Czech Republic and Denmark.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Millard worked for Delphi International, the United States Agency for International Development in New Delhi, India, and for Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company in Manama, Bahrain.  Ms. Millard received a B.S. from the London School of Economics and an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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