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Should Obama Stand Alone in the Call for Criminal Justice Reform?

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on Should Obama Stand Alone in the Call for Criminal Justice Reform?

The president should not stand alone in the call for criminal justice reform

It’s time for Sheriffs also to use their executive authority to address criminal justice reform where it begins, at the county level.

By Charles Rambo
Fulton County Jail

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – In a passionate speech by President Barack Obama at the NAACP Convention, he stated that criminal justice is an issue America cant afford to ignore. With the sovereign authority that County Sheriffs enjoy in the United States, every Sheriff and even those seeking offices in upcoming elections should also make the clarion call for criminal justice reform. Whether they share party affiliation with the president or not, constitutional law and justice is a non-partisan issue.

As a retired lieutenant commander from the Fulton County Sheriffs Office, I know first-hand what can be done from 27 years of law enforcement, judicial process, corrections, academy instruction, and investigative experience. At the beginning of my career in 1989, I was highly considered for loan-out to the Drug Enforcement (DEA) Task Force. A crucial time when the war on drugs, particularly crack cocaine, was at its pinnacle in Atlanta and surrounding communities. Instead, I continued to work within the scope of the Sheriff’s Office law enforcement, corrections, training academy, and judicial process functions. Observing and interacting with offenders as they navigated through the complex Fulton County criminal justice system, I share a balanced view with President Obama on criminal justice reform to police in communities with respect to a persons civil liberties.

Last week when President Obama visited a federal correctional facility to talk with inmates, I reflected back on my own interactions with inmates during the crucial era of government being tough on crime. First hand, I observed the unanticipated consequences of drug sentencing laws on mass incarceration from working in one of the most notorious holding facilities in the southeast region of the United States, the Fulton County Jail. Built in 1989 initially for 1,975 inmates, it reached a boiling point of overcrowding in a relative short time to over 3,900 inmates. I was one of the first Sheriff Deputies to open the facility supervising 300+ inmates in some of the most dangerous housing units consisting of hardcore murderers, drug lords, and notorious street gang leaders.

After their day in court, they had no qualms in being held accountable and responsible for their actions. But, the most resounding complaint I heard from inmates returning to their cells from court hearings, I dont mind doing the time for what I did, but most of what they (The State) are presenting against me in evidence, statements and witnesses have nothing to do with my case! This statement has been etched in my mind as I continued my career working in patrol and academy instructor.

Certainly, I make no excuse for offenders who commit crimes. However, the burden of proof is upon the state to prove each element of the offense. In my professional observation, a great number of cases in state courts lack probable cause. The result of hasty efforts at the local level to control crime and influence public opinion. This is why I squarely agrees with President Obamas assessment that criminal justice is an issue America cant afford to ignore. After all, the majority of cases that flow through the criminal justice system originate from the State Courts placing a burden on the state’s criminal justice system and taxpayers. And, it’s not just for the federal level to resolve, but also actors of state government, particular at the county level.

For that reason, the Constitutions of each state, namely the State of Georgia, have created the Sheriff’s Office as an elected constitutional office in a states governmental hierarchy. The State delegates the discrete functions to Sheriffs that are germane to criminal justice reform: law enforcement, state courts, and corrections. While a Sheriff might share the responsibility of law enforcement with other local agencies, he exercises the most control over persons who are arrested, incarcerated, sentenced and delivered to the state penal system.

Sheriffs, like the United States President, represent the most independent authority as constitutional officers to facilitate real criminal justice reform at the county level. Illustrating the executive authority and power as a constitutional officer, the United States Supreme Court and Georgia Supreme Court rely upon the authority of a Sheriff in A Treatise on the Law of Sheriffs, Coroners and Constables: “… in vindicating the law, and preserving the rights of government, he (the Sheriff) represents the sovereignty of the State, and he has no superior in his county. The most compelling reason for Sheriffs as chief law enforcement officers, now more than ever, to exercise autonomy and influence for reform according to the rule of law. His sovereign authority to speak and act on criminal justice reform should be just as actionable as nationwide Sheriffs who wield their authority on illegal immigration enforcement and protecting the Second Amendment rights of their constituents to bear arms.

As a retired Sheriffs commander, I continue to educate the law enforcement profession and communities as a Senior Instructor certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. Thought provoking lectures on criminal justice issues at local law enforcement academies to include: constitutional law, racial profiling prevention, correctional and community oriented policing, media relations, advanced report writing, use of force, courtroom testimony, criminal investigations, etc.. All for the purpose of developing the next generation of law enforcement leaders to enforce the rule of law with competent character in the 21st century.

While the demand for reform is justly placed upon the federal or state government, the real work begins with the quality of governance in homes giving the next generation a pathway to success, outside the criminal justice system.

Charles Rambo is currently a registered candidate for Fulton County Sheriff with the Georgia Secretary State. His expert knowledge of Sheriff public and political policy has been presented before the Georgia General Assembly and mass media interviews. To learn more, please visit www.mysherifframbo.com. He can be reached by cell at 678-438-1195 or email committee@mysherifframbo.com

A Comprehensive, Long-Term Deal with Iran: President Obama’s Weekly Address

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on A Comprehensive, Long-Term Deal with Iran: President Obama’s Weekly Address

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President explained the comprehensive, long-term deal announced earlier this week that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  This agreement cuts off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon, implements unprecedented monitoring and inspections of Iran’s key nuclear facilities, and ensures that if Iran violates these terms, the strict sanctions previously imposed on the country will snap back into place.  This is a good deal that demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change that makes our country, and the world, safer and more secure.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, July 18, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
July 18, 2015

This week, the United States and our international partners finally achieved something that decades of animosity has not – a deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

This deal will make America and the world safer and more secure.  Still, you’re going to hear a lot of overheated and often dishonest arguments about it in the weeks ahead.  So today, I want to take a moment to take those on one by one, and explain what this deal does and what it means.

First, you’ll hear some critics argue that this deal somehow makes it easier for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.  Now, if you think it sounds strange that the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and some of the world’s best nuclear scientists would agree to something like that, you’re right.  This deal actually closes off Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon.  Today, Iran has enough nuclear material to produce up to 10 nuclear weapons.  With this deal, they’ll have to ship 98% of that material out of the country – leaving them with a fraction of what it takes to make even one weapon.  With this deal, they’ll have to repurpose two key nuclear facilities so they can’t produce materials that could be used for a nuclear weapon.  So this deal actually pushes Iran further away from a bomb.  And there’s a permanent prohibition on Iran ever having a nuclear weapon.

Second, you might hear from critics that Iran could just ignore what’s required and do whatever they want. That they’re inevitably going to cheat. Well, that’s wrong, too.  With this deal, we will have unprecedented, 24/7 monitoring of Iran’s key nuclear facilities.  With this deal, international inspectors will have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain.  The verification process set up by this deal is comprehensive and it is intrusive – precisely so we can make sure Iran keeps its commitments.

Third, you might hear from critics that Iran faces no consequences if it violates this deal.  That’s also patently false.  If Iran violates this deal, the sanctions we imposed that have helped cripple the Iranian economy – the sanctions that helped make this deal possible – would snap back into place promptly.

There’s a reason this deal took so long to negotiate.  Because we refused to accept a bad deal.  We held out for a deal that met every one of our bottom lines.  And we got it.

Does this deal resolve all of the threats Iran poses to its neighbors and the world?  No.  Does it do more than anyone has done before to make sure Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon?  Yes.  And that was our top priority from the start.  That’s why it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure this deal holds.  Because without this deal, there would be no limits on Iran’s nuclear program.  There would be no monitoring, no inspections.  The sanctions we rallied the world to impose would unravel.  Iran could move closer to a nuclear weapon.  Other countries in the region might race to do the same.  And we’d risk another war in the most volatile region in the world.  That’s what would happen without this deal.

On questions of war and peace, we should have tough, honest, serious debates.  We’ve seen what happens when we don’t.  That’s why this deal is online for the whole world to see.  I welcome all scrutiny.  I fear no questions.  As Commander-in-Chief, I make no apology for keeping this country safe and secure through the hard work of diplomacy over the easy rush to war.  And on Tuesday, I’ll continue to press this case when I address the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Because nobody understands the true cost of war better than those who’ve actually served in this country’s uniform.

We have before us an historic opportunity to pursue a safer, more secure world for our children.  It might not come around again in our lifetimes.  That’s why we’re going to seize it today – and keep America a beacon of hope, liberty, and leadership for generations to come.

Thank you, and have a great weekend.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

1960’s Icon Bobby Seale Speaks Out on the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, the New Black Panthers, and More

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on 1960’s Icon Bobby Seale Speaks Out on the “Black Lives Matter” Movement, the New Black Panthers, and More

Bobby Seale

Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) – Bobby Seale’s mantra for almost 50 years has been: All power to all the people!

On the “Black Lives Matter” Movement convening in Cleveland, Ohio on July 24th…

According to Bobby, Dumb Riots will not get real change. Real peoples constitutional democratic civil-human rights revolution is not about a need for violence. In fact, three days after Martin Luther King was killed, I went out to north Richmond, CA to stop a riot in that community where I had worked to set up the first youth jobs tutorial program in that city. The black people in that community knew me through my program and when I asked the youth to stop rioting and go home, they complied.

Grass roots, middle working, poor and low income peoples necessary economic revolution is about evolving and re-evolving more progressive politics, i.e., better economic parity, greater environmental ecological standards and practices, and broad social justice empowerments into the hands of the people via legislative policies and practical economic jobs programs that make humane sense. That is what a peoples empowerment revolution is about. We need to organize in a hundred Fergusons and Baltimores and elect a thousand progressive politicians like Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.

On the New Black Panther Party…

Mr. Seale’s response to the New Black Panther Party is to refuse to endorse them because of their racist RHETORIC and their past support of the terrorist, Osama Bin Laden. In Houston, Texas, late October 2014, at a NAABPP reunion, Bobby was verbally harassed by a New Black Panther advocate saying Mr. Seale supported white peoples rights and that is not right! As far as Mr. Seale is concerned, I do NOT support this NEW BP in secret as I hear it has been stated them. Furthermore this New Black Panther Party I believe is led by some kind of behind the scenes government infiltration encouraging young unconscious black youth to say such erroneous crap while spewing racist rhetoric that is totally antithetic to my sixties Black Panther Party Principles: all power to all the people. To correct what the New Black Panthers say what I support, in my words: …constitutional democratic civil-human rights for all humanity on the face of this earth.

Since Bobby spoke at Seminole University in Orlando Florida over five years ago, there has been a marked effort on the part of the right wing, including the Tea Party campus groups, telling other student organizations, et al, to stop Bobby from speaking at university campuses. It is a Stop Bobby Seale smear campaign also connected with people who are trying to rip off his life story rights to produce a feature film or series on the Black Panther Party.

On Being a Celebrity Criminal…

Clearing the record of all the lies and distortions propagated by the past FBI COINTELPRO and/or the present Homeland Security COINTELPRO over the years, including the David Horowitz and Elaine Brown propaganda, Mr. Seale addressed the recent 2014 TV One cable stations production of a series titled, Celebrity Criminals first saying he was wrongly depicted as a celebrity criminal noting he actually won all of his courtroom cases. All the lies depicted in that series regarding me, including the lie I was beaten up by Huey Newtons so called goon squad or beaten up by Huey and sodomized is a lie propagated originally in years past by FBI COINTELPRO and propagated today as a smear campaign against me.

On His R.E.A.C.H. Programs…

Bobby says his R.E.A.C.H. programs are in opposition to Right Wing Tea Party people attempting to stop him from speaking at universities with his inspirational lectures, enlightening Q&A workshops, and power point presentations on the very relevant sixties to present day protest movements. The programs teach how youth must organize elector-ally and progressively in hundreds of local city communities like Ferguson, taking over many city councils and county supervisor seats to make progressive new laws that curtail and stop militarized police and the murder of unarmed black youth in hundreds of local city communities like Ferguson. Also new laws ending exploitation, and brutality, and simultaneously developing multi-thousands of ECO-youth jobs. How and why in todays overdeveloped high tech fast paced computerized scientific social order, Mr. Bobby Seale advocates… how we have to R.E.A.C.H.

Bobby Seale is the founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party. He speaks, inspires, illuminates and details all the practical how-tos for greater Constitutional democratic Community Control grassroots “electoral” empowerment organizing connected to two immediate social/economic goal objectives: 1) Ending rampant police brutality and murder… and 2) Developing environmental ecological youth jobs projects. He can be reached at bobbysealecom@yahoo.com or reachbs@msn.com

Photo Caption: Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party

State Rep. Franks Announces House Hearing on School Superintendent’s Additional Taxpayer-Funded Pension Perk

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on State Rep. Franks Announces House Hearing on School Superintendent’s Additional Taxpayer-Funded Pension Perk

SPRINGFIELD, IL– The new state superintendent of schools is getting a generous pension benefit at taxpayers’ expense beyond what other regular employees receive, and Illinois state Rep. Jack Franks wants to bring transparency to the issue at a House State Government Administration Committee hearing on Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Under a 2010 state law that passed with strong support from Democrats and Republicans to rein in rising pension costs, state employees hired after December 31, 2010, are under a pension plan more modest than employees hired before that time. But the law didn’t stop the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) from giving new state Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, who took office May 1, an additional yearly stipend, which translates into larger taxpayer-funded contributions toward a taxpayer-funded pension for Smith. The stipend is in addition to Smith’s $225,000 state salary, taxpayers paying the employee and employer portion of his family’s health care and life insurance, 35 vacation days each year plus sick time and a $500 per month auto allowance amongst other perks.

“Democrats and Republicans agreed that the creation of a Tier II pension plan was necessary to help save taxpayer dollars and was an appropriate benefit plan for new employees. That’s why it troubled me when I found out ISBE gave the state superintendent an additional taxpayer-funded benefit to supplement his pension – a benefit no other regular state employee receives,” Franks said. “The taxpayer-funded benefit ignores the cost-saving intentions behind the law the Legislature passed in light of the state’s dire fiscal situation. Taxpayers deserve to know why the stipend was approved and whether the payment can be rescinded.”

The stipend comes as the Rauner administration is pushing further reductions to pension benefits for police officers, firefighters, nurses and other public workers.

“The additional benefit that the state superintendent is receiving sends the wrong message. It sends the message that political insiders will be protected at the expense of others, and it’s definitely an issue that requires a full and public explanation,” Franks said. “Illinois needs to do more to protect taxpayers from unsustainable pension costs, so it’s important for this committee to look into how and why this contract was approved, as it is inconsistent with the spirit of the law and the promises the governor has made. I hope to vet this issue completely, see if there is money that can be recovered for taxpayers, and prevent these kind of contracts from being approved in the future.”

The House State Government Administration Committee will meet Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Room 118 of the Capitol.

For more information, contact: State Rep. Jack Franks



Conviction Vacated in 1980 Murder

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on Conviction Vacated in 1980 Murder

CHICAGO, IL – Calling new DNA results “extraordinarily compelling” evidence that “casts doubt on his involvement in the victim’s death,” Circuit Court Judge Alfredo Maldanado vacated the 1980 murder and attempt rape conviction of Daniel Andersen. Mr. Andersen (54), who was arrested in 1980 and spent 27-1/2 years in prison until his release in 2007, has continued to fight to clear his name in the eight years since his release. Today’s ruling overturning his conviction represents a huge step toward doing so.

Mr. Andersen’s conviction stemmed from the homicide of Cathy Trunko, a young woman from the Back of the Yards neighborhood who was found stabbed to death on the 4900 block of South Paulina Street on January 19, 1980. Two days later, on January 21, 1980, an 8.5 inch knife was found about a block from the scene. Pre-trial serology testing of the knife showed areas of blood that matched the victim’s blood type. On January 25, 1980, after more than 16 hours in custody that followed a night of no sleep and heavy drinking, 19-year-old Andersen reportedly confessed to the violent attempt rape and murder. Mr. Andersen’s confession indicated the knife was the murder weapon.

The new DNA results concerned retesting of the blade and the hilt of that knife, which three decades later still showed the presence of blood. Advanced DNA testing proved that the DNA on those portions of the knife excluded the victim Ms. Trunko. Mr. Andersen was also excluded by DNA tests. Additional results showed that the victim had two male profiles underneath her fingernails. DNA testing excluded on those profiles also excluded
Mr. Andersen.

Mr. Andersen wept loudly with joy as Judge Maldanado issued his ruling. Despite being out of prison for eight years, Mr. Andersen has had to continue to register as a sex offender. His lengthy prison sentence and murder and sex offense on his background greatly inhibited his ability to find employment, housing, and move on with his life.

Mr. Andersen is represented by Megan Crane, Laura Nirider, and Steve Drizin, attorneys from Northwestern University School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Conviction of Youth, and Joshua Tepfer of the Exoneration Project.

ReMARCs: Historic Effort to Reform Criminal Justice System Will Transform the Nation

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on ReMARCs: Historic Effort to Reform Criminal Justice System Will Transform the Nation

By Marc H. Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

This week, President Obama became the first sitting President to visit a prison. He commuted the unduly harsh sentences of 46 non-violent drug offenders. And he outlined a vision for a fairer, more efficient justice system.

The President’s effort to reform the nation’s criminal justice system reform is historic, necessary, and welcome. The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. We spend $80 billion a year on incarceration. As the President pointed out, that’s enough to fund universal preschool for every 3-year-old and 4-year-old in America, enough to double the salary of every high school teacher in America, or enough to eliminate tuition at every public colleges and university.

Our twisted incarceration policy is holding us back as a nation, and destroying individual lives. African Americans and Latinos, while only 30 percent of the population; make up 60 percent of inmates. About one in every 35 African American men, one in every 88 Latino men is serving time compared with one in 214 white men. One million fathers are behind bars. Around one in nine African American kids has a parent in prison.

Fortunately, the drumbeat for reform is growing louder. We can and should create fairer courtrooms, more functional corrections and rehabilitation systems and stronger communities.

Chicago Youth Peace Walk: “Long Walk to Freedom: Making Peace Starts With Me”

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on Chicago Youth Peace Walk: “Long Walk to Freedom: Making Peace Starts With Me”

Walk will be held Saturday, August 1st

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement (CIYPM), Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, 33rd & H.O.M.E and Campaign for Black Male Achievement present:
“Long Walk to Freedom: Making Peace Starts With Me”

CIYPM in community partnership with Ameena Matthews (Pause For Peace/The Interrupters), Earthheart Foundation, Kuumba Lynx, Holy Family Ministries, and N.O.B.L.E. Chicago will participate in the walk, to be held Saturday, August 1st.

11:00 AM –  Walk Begins: George’s Music Room, 3915 W Roosevelt
11:30 AM –  Pray-In: Homan & Roosevelt
12:30 PM –  Press Conference & Peace Jam, Holy Family Ministries, 3415 W Arthington (Homan & Arthington).

Why? Homicide in Chicago: Year To Date as of July 2015 (estimates)
Shot & Killed: 222
Shot & Wounded: 1234
Total Shot: 1456
Total Homicides: 256

Too many Chicago youth are dying violently before graduating high school. This gathering is a call for community members, teachers, street leaders, clergy members, cultural influencers, and elected officials to come together in love, peace, solidarity & unity. It is a long walk to freedom, as Nelson Mandela once wrote, and without justice, there can never be peace. 7-year-olds deserve justice. 10-year-olds are worthy of  peace. Now is the time to say no more gun violence and to gather and unite as a village to stand and pray with and for our communities.

VISUALS: 300 Chicago community members and youth marching with parents,
faith leaders, and cultural influencers. Holy Family Ministries Peace Jam
will feature speeches and performances. Backpacks and school
supplies will be given away to youth at Holy Family Ministries.

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, a peer to peer mentoring and youth leadership advocacy group, empowers, inspire and activate youth and young adult voices for nonviolence and social change. Our mission is to creatively promote peace and nonviolence through the arts, mentoring, civic engagement, and youth led and young adult facilitated programming.

President Obama and Congressional Black Caucus Statements on the Passing of Dr. George Cooper

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on President Obama and Congressional Black Caucus Statements on the Passing of Dr. George Cooper

President Barack Obama:

Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. George Cooper, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). As a native of Tallahassee, FL, George’s love of education and HBCUs began as a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, continuing his education at Tuskegee University and receiving his Ph. D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana. George spent the majority of his life ensuring that students at our nation’s HBCUs were receiving a quality education and had the necessary resources to succeed and make their communities and our country better. He served on the faculty at several universities including Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University and as President of South Carolina State University. His service extended beyond working with students at institutions.  For 17 years, he worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, ensuring that HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions were receiving adequate resources to strengthen research and academic programs. George’s passing is a great loss for my Administration, the HBCU and higher education communities and for everyone that knew him.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Diane, family and friends during this difficult time.

CBC Chairman G.K. Butterfield

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement today on the passing of former South Carolina State University President Dr. George Cooper:

“Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. George Cooper, a lifelong supporter of higher education and our country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“As a former president of South Carolina State University and the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Dr. George Cooper understood well the role that HBCUs continue to play in providing access to higher education for many African American and minority students.

“He was a Senior Fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and served 17 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he provided key oversight on programs and legislation impacting historically black land grant universities and other minority serving institutions.

“Over the course of his life, Dr. George Cooper contributed great service to our country’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the impact of his legacy of service as a leader and champion in higher education will be remembered for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick.  High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems,” Director Shah said.  “To help your body cope with high temperatures, take steps to stay cool, increase your fluid intake, decrease your activities and wear appropriate clothing.”

Stay Cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.  Cooling centers can be found by logging onto http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day.  These may include seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.
  • Drink 2 to 4 cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or beverages with high amounts of sugar.

Stay Informed

Normally, the body cools itself by sweating.  However, if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body’s normal temperature.  If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even deadly if unattended.  Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:

What You Should Do

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Heat Exhaustion


  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Skin cold, pale and clammy
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting
Heat Stroke


  • High body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness
What You Should Do

  • Call 911 immediately – this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler location.
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

People most vulnerable for heat-related illness include the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

The Illinois Department on Aging encourages relatives and friends to make daily visits or calls to senior citizens living alone.  When temperatures and humidity are extremely high, seniors and people with chronic health conditions should be monitored for dehydration and other effects of extreme heat.  Additionally, seniors should eat lighter meals, take longer and more frequent rests, and drink plenty of fluids.

Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle.  The air temperature inside a car rises rapidly during hot weather and can lead to brain damage or death.

Log onto www.ready.illinois.gov and scroll toward the bottom for statewide weather information.

Poetry Urges Readers to Find Their Own “Land of Oz”

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2015 Comments Off on Poetry Urges Readers to Find Their Own “Land of Oz”

Gold Vault of Poetry: Compelling, Eclectic New Book of Poetry Urges Readers to Find their Own “Land of Oz”

Crafted from the life and experiences of Ron Arbuthnot, ‘Gold Vault of Poetry’ is a powerful and expansive collection of verses that will help anyone cut to the very core of the human condition. The result of a very unique study into the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Arbuthnot’s new collection calls out to the everyman who wants to further cherish the bold simplicities of life.

Browns Mills, NJ – While most poets construct their verses to seek out fame, fortune or blow over discerning critics, the biggest mavericks of the writing world often end up having the biggest impact on their audience. One such fearless poet is Ron Arbuthnot, a man not afraid to shun the limelight on his mission to instead uplift and inspire the everyday “average joe”.

His latest collection, ‘Gold Vault of Poetry’, achieves this with gusto. Inspired by the work of one of literature’s greatest minds, this eclectic and evocative volume will help any reader uncover a new dimension of their existence.


Early in his Kansas life, Ron Arbuthnot discovered that Dorothy, Toto, and the Yellow Brick Road are real. All he had left to do was find the Land of Oz, and it was a beautiful poet by the name of Maya Angelou who read Ron’s early poetry, and she liked it enough to point Ron in the direction of Oz. Even more unusual was the fact that it was not the Tin Man, nor the Straw Man, nor the cowardly Lion that Ron Arbuthnot found were also real, but the very soul of another great poet, Edgar Allan Poe, whom Maya Angelou told Ron Arbuthnot that he needed to study. Which he did. The result is contained in most of the poetry in this very book. It is because Edgar Allan Poe will reveal his secrets of poetry writing to anyone who will give it and honest try. Ron believes that Maya Angelou knew this when she pointed in the direction of the Land of Oz. It is in us all.

“I wanted to write something that was powerful, down-to-earth and ultimately rare in the marketplace,” explains the author. “I’m a poet for all people of all backgrounds and ages.”

Continuing, “While widening your target audience may appear to make the job of writing poetry easier, it becomes a lot tougher to expand the range and appeal of one’s words to apply to such a large catchment. I was driven in this project by Edgar Allan Poe, and I think that says enough about the ability for the final product to change the lives of readers!”

With the volume’s popularity expected to increase, interested readers are urged to secure their copies as soon as possible.

‘Gold Vault of Poetry’, from BookBaby, is available now: http://amzn.to/1gxhBfj.

About the Author:

Perhaps the Land of Oz, famed for Dorothy and Toto of Kansas, might be more related to myself, Ron Arbuthnot, as being part of The Mearns (Kincardinshire) of Northeastern Scotland, which ceased to exist during the Middle Ages.

It is into this area I trace the very roots of my Arbuthnot Clan from which I originated, still very active today, and ranges from the worlds of Gulliver’s Travels, to Mary Queen of the Scots, to the settling in the County Down area of Ireland, and then the re-settling to the new world and the garden farms of New Jersey, the prairies of Nebraska, today’s oil fields of Logan County, Oklahoma, and also to the gold fields of Colorado and beyond to the California coast.
Indeed, I have reached into many such worlds of the Arbuthnot’s for nearly all of the poetry in this, and other books. Originally writing under the pen name of Vee Bdosa, the Doylestown Poet, which I still use as a Pen name for my Vampire-Edgar Alan Poe type of Poetry, it is in Doylestown, PA where I became acquainted with writing in the Shakespearean Sonnet Form, my favorite form for writing.

It was in the early days of sonnet witting that a beautiful poet by the name of Maya Angelou read some of it, and liked it enough to write to me and to not only encourage my writing, but gave me many tips in writing and study which I still use to this very day. She also put me onto many secrets of Edgar Alan Poe and his way of writing, which I also use to this very day.

My fondest and warmest thoughts will always go to both Maya Angelou, and my own great, great, great, Grandmother Esther Louise Arbuthnot, whose ancient photograph I gaze on at this very minute, that has inspired a lot of my poetry.

Ron Arbuthnot

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