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Minority Banks Shut Out of New Markets Tax Credits Awards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 15, 2015, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), an arm of the Treasury Department, issued $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation to 76 entities across the country. Sadly, no funds were awarded to the nation’s minority banks, the institutions with the longest track records of deploying capital in the most underserved communities in our country.

The NMTC Program is designed to spur economic development in distressed communities across the U.S. The program provides a tax credit to investors who invest in projects or small businesses in those communities by funneling their investments through the recipients of tax credit allocation.

According to the CDFI Fund’s own Award Book, only six awards (less than 8%) went to minority controlled entities of any kind, and those groups received only $165 million, under 5% of the total dollar amount of allocation. “The absence of a single minority bank raises much concern,” said Michael Grant, President of the National Bankers Association. “In 2009, the General Accounting Office issued a report detailing the disparity in NMTC awards to minority entities. The numbers have actually gotten worse, not better,” he continued.

A 2009 study by the Government Accountability Office indicated that only about 9% of minority entities were successful when applying for NMTCs, while non-minority entities had three times the success rate, winning 27% of the time. According to GAO, although the program is highly competitive, minority entities have less than a one in three chance of any other type of entity to receive an award.1 Minority banks have had even lower success rates than minority entities overall.

“By our estimates, less than 2% of the $450 billion in NMTCs issued over the past [12] years has gone to minority banks,” said Doyle Mitchell, CEO of Industrial Bank of Washington, D.C. and immediate past Chairman of the NBA “Some of our banks have been deploying capital in the poorest neighborhoods in America for over 100 years, and we think the CDFI Fund should review the program to ensure that applications by minority and other small CDFI banks are evaluated on criteria that reflects their position as regulated institutions operating in distressed areas, which is significantly different from non-regulated or larger institution applicants,” he went on to say.

1U.S. Gov. Accountability Office, GA0-09-536, New Markets Tax Credit: Minority Entities Are Less Successful in Obtaining Awards Than Non-Minority Entities (2009).

“If not for the allocations that were awarded to our bank just after Hurricane Katrina, even less would have gone to minority banks,” stated Alden McDonald, CEO of Liberty Bank in New Orleans. “In spite of the experience we have gained, our successful NMTC investment track record and continued need in the communities we serve, we have not been able to win an NMTC allocation from the CDFI Fund since 2010,” he continued.

Bob James, President of Carver State Bank in Savannah, GA, stated, “our bank has applied for NMTC allocations six times and have been rejected each time, in spite of our participation in over $60 million in NMTC projects and 88 year track record deploying capital in the most underserved parts of Georgia. We think something needs to change to give us a fair opportunity to compete.”

“Our banks have tried hiring consultants, attending CDFI Fund training seminars, finding creative ways to gain direct experience in the NMTC Program, and speaking to the CDFI Fund and Secretary of the Treasury, all to no avail,” said Michael Grant. “Consistently, larger banks are awarded allocations which enhances their profitability at the expense of our banks,” he continued. “Another concern is the relatively new entities created specifically to participate in the NMTC Program that do not have the long track records of service to poor communities like our minority banks. These new special purpose entities have received significant awards from a program that is supposed to benefit the neighborhoods served by our membership,” he added.

“The NMTC Program has great potential to be part of a comprehensive economic solution in America’s inner-cities, most of which still have not recovered from the Great Recession,” said Preston Pinkett, CEO of City National Bank and Chairman of the NBA. “But the groups best equipped to make those investments, minority banks – many of which have been in service for over 100 years- have largely been shut out of the NMTC program,” he continued. “We need our CDFI Fund to do more; we need a real change that will allow us to receive allocations so we can use these resources to improve our communities,” he concluded.
For more information, contact Michael Grant, President National Bankers Association, 202-588-5432, mgrant@nationalbankers.org.

The National Bankers Association was founded in 1927. Today, it is the most recognized trade association for the nation’s 177 minority and women-owned banks (MWOBs). Our members include banks owned by African-Americans, Native-Americans, American­ Indians, East-Indians, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and Women.

Photo Caption: (L-R)Michael Grant, president, National Bankers Association; B. Doyle Mitchell, CEO, Industrial Bank; Preston Pinkett, CEO, City National Bank, chair, National Bankers Association

Treasurer Frerichs Partners with Credit Unions to Help People During Budget Impasse

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CHICAGO, IL – Interest-free loans will be available to state workers if the budget impasse means payroll checks will not be issued beginning July 15, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

The loans will be issued through participating credit unions with money made available through the Treasurer’s Office linked-deposit program. Linked deposits provide financial institutions money for specific loan programs.

“The Treasurer’s Office uses tools to help our residents achieve more, such as saving for college, investing in a business, or planning for retirement,” Frerichs said. “This linked-deposit program is a tool that provides short-term loans for workers while the Governor and General Assembly resolve their differences.”

The state’s fiscal year ended June 30. The absence of a budget agreement means the state does not have the authority to pay certain bills, such as wages to some state employees.

An estimated 60,000 state workers might qualify for the loan program. Participating credit unions will decide eligibility. Loans cannot exceed 50 percent of pay. Loans are interest-free until 30 days after payroll resumes. A 9.9 percent interest rate will be charged beginning the 31st day. Frerichs’ office negotiated the rate down from 12 percent and it remains half of the typical credit card rate. The Treasurer’s Office will charge credit unions 0.01 percent interest.

As much as $50 million will be made available for the loans. The Illinois Credit Union League and Credit Union 1 were instrumental in creating this linked-deposit effort and recruiting other credit unions to participate. Their recruitment efforts continue and the Treasurer’s Office expects other credit unions to join the effort.

“True to their mission of ‘People Helping People’, Illinois credit unions are stepping up to assist their members’ financial needs,” said Tom Kane, President/CEO of the Illinois Credit Union League. “Partnering with the Illinois State Treasurer’s office will provide even more resources to help them weather the budget impasse.”

“Credit Union 1 is pleased to again provide assistance to State of Illinois employees should their payrolls be interrupted due to the budget impasse,” said Brenda Crane, SVP/COO. “We have provided the Loan Assistance Program to our members since 1995 and it has clearly evolved over time as a true benefit of credit union membership.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Treasurer Frerichs to provide assistance to Illinois residents impacted by the budget impasse,” said E.J. Donaghey, CEO of the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union. “As a long-time supporter of credit unions and advocate for the people of East Central Illinois, he has consistently demonstrated a proactive approach to helping others.”

“In response to the stress being placed on many of our members’ finances due to expected delays in payroll from the State of Illinois, we have developed a program to keep these members in a positive financial position,” said Alan Meyer, President/CEO of 1st MidAmerica Credit Union. “Along with this Payroll Interruption Loan Program, we also encourage employees that currently have loans with 1st MidAmerica to contact us and review their payment options. Our staff will be available to review the full details of available programs with any interested state employees.”

About the Illinois Treasurer

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secured retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. Currently, the portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments. The investment approach is cautious to ensure the preservation of principal and returns $28 to the state for every $1 spent in operations. The Treasurer’s office predates Illinois’ incorporation in 1818. Voters in 1848 chose to make it an elected office. More at: www.illinoistreasurer.gov.

About the Illinois Credit Union League

The Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) is the primary trade association for credit unions in Illinois and provides its members with compliance and other pertinent operating information, legislative advocacy and educational development opportunities. Membership is open to any credit union operating in accordance with the Illinois Credit Union Act or the Federal Credit Union Act. There are 306 credit unions in Illinois serving almost 3 million members. More at: www.iculeague.org.

About Credit Union 1

As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution, Credit Union 1 is a state chartered credit union with its corporate headquarters located in Rantoul, Illinois. Dedicated to providing convenient and competitive services to more than 95,000 members, Credit Union 1, with assets of $771 million, has 23 branches located in Illinois, Nevada, and Indiana. More at: www.creditunion1.org.

About the U of I Employees Credit Union

The U of I Employees Credit Union (UIECU) was founded in 1932, and today serves the University of Illinois community and anyone who lives or works in Champaign County. UIECU is a full-service financial alternative providing checking accounts, investments, low-cost consumer loans, mortgages, and related financial services to its member-owners. As a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative, the U of I Employees Credit Union’s goal is to improve the financial lives of its members. The credit union serves 43,000 member-owners at its three locations in Champaign-Urbana and on the web at www.uiecu.org.

About the 1st MidAmerica Credit Union

1st MidAmerica Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that serves more than 58,000 members through 11 Illinois branches in Alton, Bethalto, Decatur, East Alton, Edwardsville, Godfrey, Granite City, Jerseyville and Wood River. Membership is open to residents of 21 counties in central Illinois. More at: www.1stmidamerica.org.

NAACP Ends Boycott of South Carolina

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – At the NAACP 106th National Convention, the National Board of Directors voted to end the 15 year economic boycott of South Carolina. The NAACP is looking forward to the membership body of delegates casting an affirmative vote for this emergency resolution, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.  You may read the emergency resolution here.

In light of these developments, the NAACP has released the following statement:

From Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman, NAACP National Board of Directors:

Today is a historic day as 15 years ago we waged an economic boycott against the state of South Carolina. While the conclusion of our boycott is a proud moment, we will continue to demand more. All across the country, vestiges of hatred and oppression remain.  Removal of the flag is a symbolic victory, but we must not lose sight of the systemic challenges including discrimination in our criminal justice system, economic system, employment, education, housing, health care, or other barriers to full and equal protection under law and full first-class citizenship. The NAACP will continue to move onward in the fight for justice until equality is achieved for all Americans.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

The NAACP’s decision to lift its economic boycott on the state of South Carolina comes 15 years after exerting consistent and aggressive economic pressure on state lawmakers to bring the well known symbol of racial oppression down. The removal of this emblem of hate is not only a victory for the state of South Carolina and the families of the nine students of scripture who lost their lives in a historic church, but it is a victory for the NAACP and the nation as we all work together to a forge a more perfect union. In no way does removing the Confederate flag in South Carolina fix the problems of our nation that are rooted in racism and bigotry, but the flag’s removal is a very important step in ceasing to glorify a bygone era in which African Americans were treated as second class citizens. This is a vindication of the grassroots advocacy of the NAACP.

ReMARCs – OneNationOneFlag: Uniting Around the U.S. Flag, Rejecting Symbols of Hate

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

In just under three weeks, since the National Urban League launched the One Nation, One Flag campaign to eliminate Confederate symbols from public spaces and rally around the U.S. flag, the spirit of unity is sweeping across the nation.

During an historic and solemn ceremony this week, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina capitol grounds for the first time in more than 50 years.

Throughout the south, the symbols of hatred and division are making way for a new sense of community and unity. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was one of the first to act, ordering the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state Capitol almost immediately after the racially-motivated massacre of nine people at a Charleston., S.C., church. Just Tuesday, the Mobile Alabama City Council voted to remove the Confederate flag from the City Seal.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal all have indicated they would seek an end to license plates featuring the Confederate flag.

In my own home city of New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has called for the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee, and I have proposed that Lee Circle be renamed “Tricentennial Circle” to commemorate the city’s 300th anniversary.

These moves may be symbolic, but they are an important sign that the country is moving toward greater understanding and sensitivity. We must continue our #OneNationOneFlag until we are united around the U.S. flag and refuse to let symbols of hatred divide us.

Attorney General Lynch Statement on Escape of Joaquin Guzman Loera “Chapo” from Mexican Prison

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch provided the following statement on the escape of Joaquin Guzman Loera “Chapo” from a Mexican prison:

“We share the government of Mexico’s concern regarding the escape of Joaquin Guzman Loera ‘Chapo’ from a Mexican prison.  In addition to his crimes in Mexico, he faces multiple drug trafficking and organized crime charges in the United States.

“The U.S. government stands ready to work with our Mexican partners to provide any assistance that may help support his swift recapture.”

Finish the Job: Demilitarize the Police in Our Communities

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By Rika Tyler and T-Dubb-O

This article is Fourth of an op-ed series on behalf of the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform.

Do police forces have our communities under military occupation? This question seems extremely far-fetched thinking of what America stands for. However this may be more realistic than we all may know. August 9th, 2014 sparked an uprising in this country that was long overdue.

Since that remarkable day in Saint Louis, the world has been calling for a radical police reform starting with the demilitarization of the police force in America. Time and time again we have asked our federal government to eradicate the 1033, which is the program that provides police departments with the military grade weaponry that is being let loose on American citizens.

In December of 2014, I (T-Dubb-O), along with a number of other activists, sat in the Oval Office with President Obama and asked for the elimination of the program. The President responded with information stating that the majority of the 1033’s function is to provide office equipment.

However, recently the Obama administration announced it will ban “certain” types of military-style gear, including grenade launchers, bayonets, .50 caliber ammunition and higher, and tracked armored vehicles. Unfortunately, we feel this is strictly another band-aide by the federal government due to the public’s awakening of how the 1033 is giving untrained police departments’ military grade weaponry.

Why would a police department need a grenade launcher, high caliber armor piercing ammo, and bayonets for everyday policing of citizens in the first place? While we appreciate the Administration banning certain military weaponry, we see nothing about the banning of chemical agents, sound cannons, rubber bullets, or any of the harmful military style items that were used on the streets of Saint Louis, Mo.

We see nothing about the removal of the armored style vehicles that terrorized neighborhoods in Saint Louis. Further, let’s be clear, the tracked armored vehicles weren’t the ones chasing citizens through the streets anyway.
There are major flaws in our police and justice systems in America that need to be dismantled and rebuilt. These systems are run by a complex structure of capitalist oppression that robs, kills, imprisons, and destroys lives on a regular basis. It targets people by class and race to keep wealthy people wealthy, poor people poor, powerless people powerless, and powerful people powerful.

The industrial prison system uses a school to prison pipeline to make billions off of incarcerated black and brown people. Our children go to school and are treated as if they are in prison already. They go through a TSA like screening before being allowed to go to class in the morning. Our children are treated like criminals from the beginning.

Once they are out of school, even walking home, they can be gunned down by a police officer for just being in the street. Free casing, limbo laws, illegal stop and frisk, racial profiling, etc. makes it almost impossible to simply just live without fear of law enforcement by most people of color.

This is why the type of reform we are seeking is one that will prevent reckless endangerment in police like raids where innocent little girls like Aiyana Jones are shot while simply sleeping on their couches. This is not just about restricting weapons, but fundamentally changing the mentality of those allowed to police with such weapons.

It will require more training and schooling for police officers in general. As of now a barber is in school longer than it takes a police officer to go through the academy. You would think one would require a criminal justice degree before being allowed to be an officer of the law. The type of reform we want to see comes with community review boards that wield actual subpoena power, and community policing where the officers live and care for that neighborhood and the people in it.

We are calling for the elimination of limbo laws where someone can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor depending on how the judge is feeling that day, the eradication of the 1033 program, and getting rid of the Patriot Act that removes our constitutional rights as American citizens. These reforms will help build the necessary relationships between the Police and the community. Until then, the protestors around the world will continue to shout, No Justice! No Peace!
T-Dubb-O, a Hip-Hop artist, is a director for Hands Up United, a grass roots organization building towards the liberation of oppressed Black, Brown and Poor people through education, art, civil disobedience, advocacy and agriculture.

Rika Tyler, a community organizer and advocate for children, is a program director of Hands Up United. She works to ensure programs are aligned to serving the community of Ferguson and the Greater St. Louis area.

This article is Fourth 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 Caption: Rika Tyler and T-Dubb-O

Overtime Rule Change

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Letters to Editors
Working 9 to 5. Taking care of business. Working for the weekend. The 40-hour workweek is ingrained in American culture.
Yet Americans are working longer hours and still not getting ahead. What’s going on?  Millions of workers are suffering from unpaid overtime.
The Department of Labor released an overtime rule change proposal that would fix this problem by raising the base pay for overtime eligibility.
In order for this overtime change to take effect, the Department of Labor needs to know that the public supports it. Tell the Department of Labor that you stand by their proposal so they can make it official.
Overtime pay used to benefit many working people. In 1975, more than 60 percent of salaried American workers could earn overtime pay. Today, only 11 percent of salaried workers are eligible.
Overtime laws have not been updated for decades to adjust for inflation. Today, you are only automatically eligible for overtime if you make less than $23,660 after working 40 hours a week.

By increasing the salary cap for inflation to an expected $50,440, approximately 11 million more workers would qualify for overtime pay next year.

Sadly, most big businesses are already demonizing the rule change, just as they did to efforts to raise the minimum wage. They argue for the same tried-and-failed, trickle-down policies that have led to record levels of income inequality.
Corporate business interests are fighting the rule change and will submit their own comments. That’s why it’s so important that the Department of Labor hears from you.
Tell the Department of Labor that you stand by its proposal to extend overtime pay for more working Americans.

It’s the right thing to do, for our families and for our economy.

Thank you for all that you do,

Steven Kreisberg
Director, AFSCME Research Department

Madigan Urges Congress to Preserve State’s Authority to Enforce Data Breach & Data Security Laws

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Attorneys General Oppose Federal Preemption of States’ Ability to Legislate & Enforce Laws that Protect Consumers from Data Breaches & Identity Theft

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged Congress to pass a federal data security law that allows states to continue to enforce their own state data breach and data security laws in the interest of better protections for consumers across the country.

Citing recent efforts in Congress to pass a national law on data breach notification and data security, Madigan argued that any federal law must not diminish the important role of states in addressing data breaches and identity theft, especially in states like Illinois that has laws that provide greater protections than federal counterparts.

“Data breaches are increasingly threatening our financial security,” Attorney General Madigan said. “States absolutely must maintain their authority to serve as a frontline responder to assist residents in the wake of data breaches to help minimize the threat of identity theft.”

The letter, which was joined by 44 other states and the attorney generals of the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands, urged Congress to preserve existing protections in state law, ensure that states can continue to enforce breach notification requirements under their own state laws and enact new laws to respond to new data security threats.

The attorneys general point out a number of concerns with federal preemption of state data breach and security laws, including:

  • Data breaches and identity theft continue to cause significant harm to consumers. Since 2005, nearly 5,000 data breaches have compromised over 815 million records containing sensitive information about consumers – primarily financial account information, Social Security numbers or medical information. Identity theft involving the use of a Social Security number can cost a consumer an average of $5,100 in losses.
  • Data security vulnerabilities are too common. States frequently encounter circumstances where data breach incidents result from the failure by data collectors to reasonably protect the sensitive data entrusted to them by customers, putting customers’ personal information at unnecessary risk. Many of these breaches could have been prevented if the data collector had taken reasonable steps to secure consumers’ data.
  • States play an important role responding to data breaches and identity theft. The states have been at the frontlines in helping consumers address the repercussions of a data breach – providing important assistance to consumers who have been impacted by data breaches or who suffer identity theft or fraud as a result, and investigating the causes of data breaches to determine whether the data collector experiencing the breach had reasonable data security in place. Forty-seven states now have laws requiring data collectors to notify consumers when their personal information has been compromised by a data breach, and a number of states have also passed laws requiring companies to adopt reasonable data security practices.

In Illinois, Attorney General Madigan recently drafted legislation to strengthen the state’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). Originally passed in 2005 at Attorney General Madigan’s direction, PIPA made Illinois among the first states in the country to require entities that suffer a data breach to notify Illinois residents if the breached information included residents’ drivers’ license numbers, social security numbers, or financial account information. Since the law’s enactment, the extent of sensitive information collected about consumers has expanded and the threat of data breaches has increased significantly, necessitating the need to update and strengthen the state’s law.

Madigan’s bill, Senate Bill 1833, which has been endorsed by Illinois PIRG, Citizen Action Illinois, the Heartland Alliance and more, will expand the type of information that triggers a breach notification to consumers, including medical information outside of federal privacy laws, biometric data, contact information when combined with identifying information, and login credentials for online accounts. The bill also requires entities holding sensitive information to take “reasonable” steps to protect the information, to post a privacy policy describing their data collection practices, and to notify the Attorney General’s office when breaches occur. Entities will also be required to notify the Attorney General’s office in the event of a breach of geolocation information or consumer marketing information, making Illinois the first state in the country with such a requirement. Madigan has said her office would create a website that lists every data breach that affects Illinois to increase awareness among residents.

To help Illinois residents, Madigan’s office has an Identity Theft Unit and Hotline (1-866-999-5630), run by a team of experts who provide one-on-one assistance to victims of identity theft and data breaches. Since the creation of the hotline, the Attorney General’s office has helped over 38,000 Illinois residents remove more than $27 million worth of unauthorized charges on their accounts.

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield’s Statement on the Republican Calvert Amendment to Allow Confederate Battle Flag at National Parks and Cemeteries

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), delivered remarks on the House Floor regarding an amendment introduced by Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA) to allow the display and sale of the Confederate Battle flag at National Parks and cemeteries.  Butterfield’s remarks as prepared for delivery follow.

“I rise to express the utter outrage of the Congressional Black Caucus regarding the Calvert Amendment to allow Confederate imagery to remain on federal lands.  Don’t Republicans understand that the Confederate Battle Flag is an insult to 40 million African Americans and to many other fair-minded Americans?

“The Confederate flag is intended to celebrate a dark period of American history.  A period when four million blacks were held as slaves – held as property, as chattel, not as human beings.  The slaves were bought, sold, mortgaged, and gifted as chattel.  This period of enslavement continued for more than 200 years and did not legally end until December 6, 1865.

“Following President Lincoln’s election in November of 1860, twelve southern states ceded from the Union in response to their belief that President Lincoln would free the four million slaves.  These southern states formed the Confederate States of America.  They engaged in a brutal civil war with the Union states.  Thousands of lives were lost on both sides of the battle.  And this flag was their symbol–their battle flag.  The Southern states lost the war.  The States rejoined the Union.  For the next 50 years, every black person living in the South faced the possibility of lynching.  Between 1890-1950, more than 4,000 blacks were lynched.

“But there are some who want to continue to honor slavery and bigotry.  The horrific shooting in Charleston, South Carolina was an example of a 21st Century lynching.  The Manifesto left by the killer stated:

‘I have no choice.  I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight.  I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to whites in the country.  We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet.  Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.’

“Bigotry continues to exist in this country.  This Congress should not pass any legislation that would embolden those who continue to hold racist beliefs.  The Calvert Amendment is misguided and is viewed by the Congressional Black Caucus as racist in every respect.

“Defeat the Calvert Amendment.”

As of 11:48 am today, the House will no longer vote on amendments, motion to recommit, or passage of H.R. 2822 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016.  This is a change from the GOP Leadership’s previously announced schedule.

Indie Record Label Announces New Dance Single From Serbian DJ and “Full Throttle” Vocals Singer-Songwriter

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Kondukter Records Presents RobyR and AngeliqueMusic’s Debut Single “Dance Now”


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Kondukter Records is thrilled to announce the release of “DANCE NOW” from Serbian composer, DJ and adept musician ROBY R and ‘full throttle’ vocals of singer-songwriter ANGELIQUEMUSIC. Available on iTunes, Beatport, Google Play and Amazon, “DANCE NOW” will drop worldwide Monday, July 13th 2015.

The release came about when earlier this year, Roby R began the search for someone to collaborate on a dance music track he wanted to record. He contacted friend, musician and producer, Ivan Jelenkovic in Paris who suggested his friend and frequent collaborator, Los Angeles based singer-songwriter AngeliqueMusic – demo’s were sent back and forth between the two and an inspired musical relationship was launched.

AngeliqueMusic recorded her musical contributions in Los Angeles, Roby R recorded and mixed his contributions in Serbia and Label Worx handled the mastering in London. Later, friends from Rio, Sydney, Amsterdam, Dubai and Paris contributed dance moves near famous landmarks for a remarkable release video, to be premiered on MTV’s ‘Party Zone’ the week of release for ‘Dance Now’ – globally set for July 13th.

With several single and album releases under his belt since the 90’s in previous bands; prize-winning Hip Hop and dance focused SOUND CONTROL and the hugely successful European rap band DING DONG, Roby R has recorded, collaborated and released dozens of singles. These recently include: DEEP CRIMINAL and BABYSITTERS ‘Weekend Starts Tonight’ (executive video producer 2012) – YouTube and DEEP CRIMINAL ‘First Love’ (executive video producer 2014) – YouTube. In 2014 Roby R began working as an independent House Music producer and in February of this year released his first solo project, a remix of DING DONGs ‘Os Kos Los Jos’ YouTube for record label KONDUKTER.

AngeliqueMusic has previously worked as an artist with The Mary Jane Girls (featuring Maxi and Cheri), Producers George Tobin, David Leonard, Edmond Sylvers, as well as Reggae artists Eddie Capone and Abou Smith. Fully multi-lingual, her lyrics are sung in Spanish, French, and English, and as an independent artist, AngeliqueMusic has achieved success with her style of ‘Neo soul with a touch of funk’ embraced by fans and radio stations across the globe. In her own words; The feeling of touching someone through my music is the only drug that I need.. well maybe a bit of chocolate says AngeliqueMusic. For me, the adrenalin rush that I get when I’m writing, recording or producing is exhilarating and I look forward to future collaborations with Roby R.

Dance Now premieres on MTVs Party Zone and shows are planned in support of the release.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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