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A Donald Trump Presidency? It’s a Moot Issue and Will Never Happen in 2016!

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On August - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

MY TWO-CENTS WORTH

By Juanita Bratcher

Believe me; I won’t lose a minute of sleep thinking about the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency of the United States of America.

Why? Because it’s a moot issue, an election he has no chance of winning. It will never happen! Trump is unelectable and is nothing more than a loose cannon ready to go off at any given minute or on any given subject matter; not just the insulting remarks he made in regards to Hispanics and immigration or his constant ranting about the “birther” conspiracy…President Barack Obama is not an American citizen, his disparaging remarks about fellow Republicans running for the presidency, but his overall attitude, his consistent braggadocio of me, me, me (I’m rich. I went to the best business school, about the significant amounts of money he contributed to politicians’ campaigns and his constant public hooray stance to scorn anyone that voices a disdainful opinion of him or what he says).

According to numerous polls, Trump has been and remains to be the front runner of Republican presidential contenders (so far there are 17, including Trump). These polls, I assume, will convince voters that Trump has an excellent chance of winning inasmuch as he is number one in several recent polls. It is so obvious to me that it will never happen. There will not be a Donald trump presidency. And furthermore, I have no faith in poll results.

However, I do wonder why Trump talks so much about how much money he has (placing his net worth at $10 billion plus) when there are several American businessmen that have far more money than he does and never say anything about how much money they have; you know, those in the likes of Microsoft Corp. Founder and Chairman Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and others whose net worth range anywhere from $30 billion to $79.3 billion. You never hear them bragging about their money. In a Town Hall meeting yesterday, August 19th, Trump admitted that he was a “braggart.”

In several media interviews during the 2012 election,Trump declared that President Barack Obama was not a U.S. Citizen that he was born in Kenya. He even stated that he had sent investigators to Hawaii to investigate the issue and went on to say that Obama’s grandmother even said he was born in Kenya. Trump received praise from Birthers and Right Wingers about his birther declarations, but criticism from others.

Trump’s remarks questioning Obama’s citizenship set-off an “outrage” from the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans.

Former Alaska Gov. and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin jumped on the bandwagon with Trump after having said in a “wishy washy” statement a few months earlier  that she didn’t question Obama’s citizenship.

On Obama’s projected victory in the 2012 election, Trump tweeted: “Well, back to the drawing board! We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!”

Now in his presidential run for 2016, with an election slogan “To Make America Great Again”, Trump had the nerve to say that if he is elected, he would put Palin in his cabinet or if short of that, seek her advice. What a joke!

Can you imagine this country being in the hands of Donald Trump and a side-kick Sarah Palin whom he said he would like to have in his administration? Never mind, don’t even think about it! Certainly, he doesn’t have the temperament to be president and interact with world leaders…he doesn’t know how. How much does he really know about foreign policy and world affairs? That’s anyone’s guess. Even one of his Republican colleagues, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told the Washington Post that Trump did not have the temperament to serve as president.

Trump may stir up some racism in his caustic remarks, and form a small following of hatred-filled others, but that won’t get him to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. And certainly not with his recent declaration that Sarah Palin will have a position in his administration. Say what?

Trump suffered a tremendous backlash early on in his campaign, which affected some of his business dealings, when he made a derogatory statement against Hispanics and immigration.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Many of his critics said his statement was a misperception.

Now Trump is saying that there should be a re-examination of granting automatic U.S. birthright citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. Automatic birthright is a part of the 14th Amendment.

Trump got static from many Republican colleagues when he said Senator John McCain “was not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Obviously, somewhere along the way before he reaches the Republican National Convention, primary elections or the general election, Trump’s rhetoric will fizzle out. Certainly, I don’t see him winning in the general election.

By my political calculation and analysis: Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States even though conservatives have waged a less-than-honest rhetorical war against her on time spent as Secretary of State, calling for investigation after investigation. As a matter of fact, most of the Republican controlled Senate and House have had one investigation after another and have voted to repeal “Obamacare” about 54 times without success. And anyone who is aware of the political structure knows that as long as Barack Obama is president he will veto any legislation Republicans pass to repeal Obamacare, his signature legislation.

Even though I don’t see a win for Donald Trump, there’s no question, he has made this election phase a very exciting adventure to follow and watch.

President Obama to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: Fact Sheet

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Since taking office, President Obama has made it a key priority to continue and expedite the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Over the past six and a half years, the Administration has focused on supporting the needs of survivors and bolstering the recovery efforts already underway by state, local and federal officials by cutting red tape to deploy important resources quickly, investing in hard hit communities, and ensuring that affected communities build back stronger and more resilient.

The President has directed his Administration to take an all-of-Nation approach – to work closely with and support the work of all of our partners, including state and local governments, tribal and volunteer organizations, the private sector, and families.

As we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the storm, the Administration will continue its all-of-Nation approach, with the President and members of his cabinet planning to visit impacted areas to highlight some of the many remarkable recovery and resilience stories across the region.

  • On Thursday, August 27th, the President will travel to New Orleans to meet with the Mayor and residents – including youth — in several neighborhoods who have rebuilt their lives over the past 10 years. While in the city, the President will deliver remarks on the region’s rebirth and what’s possible when citizens, city and corporate leaders all work together to lift up their communities and build back in ways that make them more innovative and positioned for economic growth. The President will be joined by Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, who has helped spearhead and coordinate many of the Administration’s efforts and this all-of-Nation approach over the past six and a half years.
  • Administrator Fugate and other FEMA officials will be on the ground for commemoration events in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the days leading up to the anniversary, with Administrator Fugate joining New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for an event on August 25th to release the city’s resilience strategy, and traveling to Mississippi on August 26th to visit several schools that have rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina. On August 27th, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, whose agency has worked closely with state and local officials to move residents toward long term housing, will join a bipartisan group of elected officials for an event hosted by Sen. Cochran at the Port of Gulfport, and will then travel to New Orleans on August 28th for commemoration events. The Gulf Restoration Council, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Army, U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency, will host public meetings in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as part of its ongoing efforts to restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast region.
  • U.S. Department of Education officials, who have worked closely with impacted school districts on education reform and rebuilding efforts, will visit New Orleans in the days leading up to the anniversary to participate in an Urban League of New Orleans town hall about public education and highlight the work of the New Orleans Recovery School District. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials, who have focused on strengthening public health and community health care options, will attend the grand opening celebration of the University Medical Center New Orleans.
  • Throughout the week, Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, will travel to the Mississippi communities of Waveland, Gulfport, and Biloxi as well as Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Louisiana to participate in events highlighting the critical efforts of service organizations, first responders, the higher education community, and key stakeholders who have invested in recovery efforts over the past 10 years. Since 2005, more than 40,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have served 10 million hours in Katrina Response, and recruited and managed more than 650,000 volunteers. Working with local partners and elected officials, CNCS grantees will engage 11,000 volunteers in the Gulf Region directly related to the Katrina anniversary.
  • On Friday, August 28 Shaun Donovan, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, will tour the Louisiana coastline and receive a briefing on protection and restoration projects. He will also visit several New Orleans community development projects and resilience efforts and make remarks at a convening of national philanthropic, policy and community leaders. On Saturday, August 29 he will participate in a Katrina memorial commemorative wreath laying and participate in Day of Service events.
  • Officials from the Small Business Administration, which has supported the recovery of small and medium size businesses, will partner with companies and local organizations in Louisiana to highlight small business preparedness efforts and lessons learned, and will join the City of New Orleans for day of service events across the region. Officials from the Department of Commerce – which has led efforts to support international trade and economic recovery in Louisiana – will partner with the Delta Regional Authority, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and other local organizations on Thursday, August 27 to provide a two-part event that will convene regional leaders to focus on how international trade is fueling economic growth in the region and provide a technical workshop to prepare area businesses for success in the global marketplace. And NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will visit local businesses that have rebuilt to become more resilient to future events in Biloxi.

Below is additional information highlighting the Obama Administration’s post-Katrina recovery efforts:

Partnering with Gulf Coast States to Build Back Stronger and Safer: Ten years into the recovery, the Obama Administration continues to work side-by-side with state, local, and tribal partners to finish the job of rebuilding communities that are the economic engines and lifeblood of the Gulf Coast.  Since 2009, FEMA has provided more than $5.2 billion to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for thousands of public works projects, including the repair and rebuilding of schools, hospitals, roads, police and fire stations, and historic buildings and museums. To protect against future catastrophic storms, FEMA is also working with states to help communities build back smarter and stronger than ever before. Since 2009, FEMA has delivered over $1.4 billion to Louisiana and Mississippi for 682 mitigation projects, including work to elevate homes and critical infrastructure, retrofit government and residential structures, and support a broad range of drainage improvement projects. For more information on FEMA’s ongoing commitment to the region, including an overview of FEMA’s enhanced abilities to help communities respond and recover from catastrophic disasters, visit: beta.fema.gov/katrina10

Unprecedented Focus on Restoring the Gulf Coast Economy and Ecosystem: Since 2009, the Obama Administration has been committed to fostering a stronger, healthier, and more resilient Gulf Coast region.  Working with local residents, businesses, State and local officials, the Administration has developed a long-term strategy and inclusive framework to address the coastal resilience needs of the Gulf Coast region.  The Administration has brought federal, state, and local government together to better align decision-making and resources initially with the development and release of the Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability in Louisiana and Mississippi, expanding efforts to all five Gulf Coast States through creation of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and building a lasting forum for collaboration with establishment of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a new independent entity based in the Gulf Coast region.  The Council recently announced $183 million in proposed restoration projects. The Administration has worked to hold BP accountable reaching the recent agreement in principle totaling approximately $18.7 billion for the gulf region, and potentially the largest settlement with an individual company in U.S. history.  It includes investments of approximately $700 million in early restoration projects have been made through the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustee Council to restore the Gulf’s economy, fisheries, wetlands, water quality, and wildlife and bring lasting benefits to the region for generations to come.

Supporting Education and Strengthening Schools: The U.S. Department of Education has supported Katrina-affected areas in New Orleans and in Louisiana by investing over $100 million since 2009, in addition to formula grants given to Katrina-affected states. These funds have helped local leaders and educators to launch a new public education system in New Orleans, including retaining, developing and supporting great teachers and principals.

Creating Jobs and Economic Growth by Rebuilding Infrastructure: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has done tremendous work to rebuild, improve access to opportunity, and strengthen the economic competitiveness of communities in the Gulf Region. Earlier this year DOT released the U.S. DOT Gulf Coast Study which offers tools and lessons learned that transportation agencies across the country are using to assess vulnerabilities and build resilience to climate change to better prepare for natural disasters. In DOT’s effort to help rebuild, DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program has provided $115.6 million for nine projects since 2009 helping to create jobs, expand transit options, enhance bicycle/pedestrian safety and improve economic competitiveness at regional ports. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has provided nearly $1 million to promote workforce development and improve emergency preparedness in the New Orleans region. As part of DOT’s Ladders of Opportunity Initiative, Secretary Foxx launched the Ladders of Opportunity Transportation Empowerment Pilot (LadderSTEP) which provides technical assistance to help support revitalization efforts in seven cities across America. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many evacuees relocated to the city of Baton Rouge – one of the seven LadderSTEP pilot cities – which will receive assistance from FTA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as it plans a Nicholson Street Corridor streetcar line. Finally, earlier this year, Secretary Foxx introduced the Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets which calls on Mayors across America to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in their communities. To date, more than 230 local mayors and elected officials have accepted the Mayors’ Challenge including New Orleans, Louisiana and Gulfport, Mississippi.

Helping local governments and rescue personnel plan for severe weather events: In June 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the U.S. Department of Labor released a new set of BLS maps and tables showing employment, wages, and establishment counts in hurricane flood zones including the Gulf Coast.  The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program has been producing maps of economic activity in disaster areas since 2001.  Until now, maps like this were created after an event had already occurred.   Now, BLS is providing information on the potential economic damage for businesses and jobs before a hurricane or other weather event approaches the U.S. coastline, using information maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  These data are available to all, including emergency planners, first responders, and community aid groups. In addition, recognizing that severe weather often leads to power outages, which impact residents who rely on electrically powered medical equipment, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed an interactive GIS-based tool to aid local government and rescue personnel in planning. Every hospital, first responder, electric company, and community member can use the HHS emPOWER Map to find the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level and turn on “real-time” NOAA severe weather tracking services to identify areas and populations that may be impacted and at risk for power outages. This capability was first demonstrated in a pilot project with the New Orleans Department of Health.

Repairing and Rebuilding Homes: As part of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed more than 40,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers, who in turn served more than 10 million hours through organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the St. Bernard Project, Teach For America, and other nonprofits. These AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers have assisted more than 3 million Katrina survivors, including the rebuilding or repairing of more than 15,400 homes. More than one million volunteers served in the Gulf Coast, many of which were managed by AmeriCorps members – the largest volunteer response to a natural disaster in American history. In the last 10 years, CNCS has invested more than $333 million to support national service in Louisiana and Mississippi. Today, more than 9,500 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve at 1,000 locations in both states.  National service grantees are working with local organizations to implement service projects commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; the projects are expected to engage more than 10,000 volunteers.

Restoring long-term housing options and ensuring affordable rent for low-income families: Over the last 10 years, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investments have had a major impact on the recovery of the five-state Gulf region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Working closely with state disaster recovery leaders in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida, HUD has allocated nearly $20 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.  To date, these investments have contributed toward the long-term recovery of the region’s housing stock, economy, and infrastructure. In the aftermath of the storm, more than 82,000 families lived in HUD-assisted apartment buildings across the Gulf that suffered damage by Hurricane Katrina. Today, a remarkable 98 percent of these apartments are fully restored and families are back in their homes. And to help tens of thousands of families find permanent housing after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program has expanded assistance to more than 17,000 households in New Orleans today, nearly double its pre-Katrina figure. These vouchers are critical to ensuring that very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled can afford to live in safe, decent housing in the private market.

Investing in Public Safety and Neighborhood Redevelopment. The Environmental Protection Agency has partnered with various local school districts to provide grants and assistance to improve indoor air quality, provide mold removal and perform rodent and pest elimination in schools.  Over $55 million has been provided for over 100 neighborhood watershed, marsh habitat, and the Mississippi barrier island restoration projects and over $67 million has gone to communities to upgrade drinking water systems.  Additionally, EPA has awarded over $7.5 million in Brownfield funding for property assessment and clean-up for redevelopment.  While providing grant money and training for neighborhood redevelopment, EPA has also performed site assessment and remediation for over 300 sites affected by Hurricane Katrina, including over 116 Underground storage tanks and 124 sites with confirmed releases of petroleum.

Launching New Resilience-Focused AmeriCorps Partnerships: The Obama Administration has formed public-private partnerships to apply the lessons learned and best practices from the national service response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, the Obama Administration announced a partnership between CNCS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA that created FEMA Corps. FEMA Corps is an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program. In addition to serving along the Gulf Coast, the AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps unit has been part of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, and other disasters. In June, the St. Bernard Project, CNCS, and Toyota announced a three-year, $5 million investment from Toyota that will train 420 AmeriCorps members to help 30 communities to become more resilient. In July, CNCS, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with guidance and financial support from The Rockefeller Foundation and technical assistance and programmatic support from Cities of Service announced the first-ever Resilience AmeriCorps, a two-year pilot program that will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members in ten communities.  The new partnerships will enable AmeriCorps members to increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events.

Strengthening Access to Public Health and Disaster Aid for Veterans: In advance of the Affordable Care Act, the New Orleans area began moving toward a health care system that included preventative primary care delivered in neighborhood clinics. The Obama administration provided funding for these community health centers, which serve more than 50,000 people. Additionally, to replace the Veterans hospital destroyed by the storm, a nearly $1 billion, 1.6 million-square-foot VA Medical Center, is under construction near downtown New Orleans. To better prepare for emergencies, the new medical center will have five-day, self-sustaining capabilities for 1,000 people and all mission-critical services are 20 feet above ground elevation. Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System’s commitment to partner with Louisiana State University and Tulane University Medical schools for expanded acute care services, medical education and research has grown in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, in response to situations faced by many Veterans following Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pursued legislation (and later achieved in P.L. 112-154) that allowed VA to subordinate its first-lien mortgage status to another state, federal, or local entity in instance of major disasters. This allows Veterans impacted by future disasters to obtain disaster relief funds from programs which require first-lien status to rebuild or repair their homes.

Ending Veterans Homelessness in Katrina-Impacted Communities: In June 2014, the First Lady announced the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. Since the announcement, 585 mayors, 8 governors, and 152 county and city officials have publicly committed to ending veteran homelessness in their communities by the end of 2015. The New Orleans VA Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) is the first of VA’s referral centers to integrate federal, city, and private sector resources to serve both Veteran and non-Veteran homeless citizens and their family members. VA’s CRRC was an instrumental resource, along with an interagency council consisting of UNITY of Greater New Orleans; the Housing Authority of New Orleans; the State Office of Community Development; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the New Orleans Interagency on Homelessness, in accepting, and in January 2015, meeting the First Lady’s challenge. In April, the First Lady joined with Mayor Mitch Landrieu to celebrate this momentous achievement. And in June, Houston became the largest city in the country to end veteran homelessness.

Investing in Innovation and Economic Growth of the Gulf Region and Communities: The Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce have invested $178 million to support economic development opportunities and increase assistance to entrepreneurs in high-growth, high-wage industries in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  Investments have supported workforce development partnerships, business development services, technology transfer activities, and the expansion of industries that rebuild wetlands, implement water management strategies, promote clean technologies, and perform other risk mitigation activities. The Department’s SelectUSA program, established by President Obama in 2011, has also worked to win more than $10 billion in foreign direct investment for Gulf Coast communities. To promote U.S. goods and protect Gulf Coast manufacturing jobs, the Department’s three U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi have supported  more than twenty international trade missions, 80 export outreach and counseling events, and touched more than 560 local businesses. Through these efforts, exports from Gulf Coast have grown more than 77 percent or nearly $126 billion since 2009.

Building Prepared and Resilient Gulf Communities and a Weather-Ready Nation: The Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have invested significant funds to increase the resilience of Gulf communities and their environment. In 2010, NOAA established the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center in Mobile, Ala. to serve as a regional coordination center for federal, state and local emergency managers and partners to help Gulf communities prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters and serve as an emergency operations center during crisis.  NOAA has helped to rebuild Gulf barrier island chains and natural wetlands critical for protection from storms and has provided more than $9 million in grants for projects to help make coastal communities more resilient to the effects of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. The Administration has also made significant advancements to improve predictions, hurricane forecasts and storm surge models through investments in technology, data and innovation.  Moreover, scientists from the U.S. Department of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey have engaged in a sustained program to understand and forecast hurricane-related impacts, developing and using the latest technology to provide reliable scientific information to communicate the threats associated with major storms and support decisions made by citizens and coastal managers.   Together, these improvements will allow Gulf communities and businesses to better prepare for and respond to future storms–protecting infrastructure and property, minimizing economic losses, and protecting our communities and saving lives.

Repairing the Criminal Justice System and Strengthening Crime Prevention Efforts: The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) worked with the City of New Orleans and service providers, including Catholic Charities, to rebuild and transform the City’s response to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.  This work culminated in the New Orleans Family Justice Center – a co-located facility for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  In addition, OVW’s work resulted in the development of the multi-disciplinary New Orleans Sexual Assault Response Team (New Orleans SART).  In July 2012, the Department also partnered with the City of New Orleans to enter into a consent decree to help ensure that the New Orleans Police Department engages in constitutional policing. In September 2012, New Orleans was selected by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through a competitive application process to join the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of communities and federal agencies that work together, share information and build local capacity to prevent and reduce youth violence.  Supported by the Forum, New Orleans developed the NOLA FOR LIFE PLAYbook: Promoting Life for all Youth – a strategic plan for action to prevent youth violence. The PLAYbook takes a collective impact approach to addressing youth violence, and emphasizes the tools of public health: a focus on prevention, data-driven strategies, collaboration, and a population-level scale for action.  Since 2012, Forum funding to the City of New Orleans Health Department is nearly $500,000. DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) also worked closely with the City of New Orleans to provide valuable research to support rebuilding the city’s criminal justice system after Hurricane Katrina, resulting in three key research reports funded by the Bureau: first, an assessment of the city’s technology and information sharing systems, as it related to criminal justice work; second, BJA partnered with University of Maryland to produce a research study and recommendations regarding crime issues in New Orleans; and third, an assessment of the New Orleans Police Department’s homicide policies and procedures, resulting in a set of recommendations for better processing of homicides with the ultimate goal of increasing the clearance rate.

Creating A New Model of Federal-Community Partnerships: The Obama Administration has also modeled a new partnership effort in cities and towns across the country, including in New Orleans.  Using a new approach the Administration has put federal supports in place to focus on the direction that cities and small towns want to go in and to partner with communities on their visions.  New Orleans is now home to seven federal “place-based” initiatives including: the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2), Partnership for Sustainable Communities, USDA’s Strike Force initiative, and the Youth Violence Prevention Forum.  New Orleans’ main priorities for these collaborations included Post-Katrina community development and increasing access to affordable housing for its residents.  The Strong Cities Strong Communities customized approach to working with local partners placed a federal team on the ground with a team lead working directly with the Mayor’s office to help cut through the red-tape.  Some of the impacts of this community lead work in New Orleans include:

  • A collaboration between the Housing Authority of New Orleans, HUD, the local VA hospital and other groups the New Orleans “Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” was able to bring the number of homeless veterans in New Orleans to functional zero by December 2014, a full year earlier than the proposed goal of 2015.
  • President Obama’s TIGER grant program helped to expand and accelerate the return of streetcars to a city famous for them. A $45 million TIGER grant was awarded to open the Loyola Avenue-Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar Line in the city’s business district after years of development.
  • The DOT members of the New Orleans (SC2) team provided extensive technical assistance to the city of New Orleans for this project, and this support helped ensure that the streetcar line expansion was completed in time for use during the 2013 Super Bowl.
  • The President’s New Orleans team (SC2) helped prevent substantial reductions in service delivery in New Orleans’ community health clinic system by facilitating conversations among government officials at the federal, state, and city levels that extended the timeframe for submitting claims for reimbursement. This effort kept funding flowing to the clinics, kept them from drastically reducing services or closing down operations, and enabled them to continue to serve their communities.
  • While almost all of the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority’s old buses were destroyed in the flooding after Hurricane Katrina, today thanks to help from the federal government it operates over 80 buses on 32 bus routes and boasts one of the newest fleets of any transit system in the country. The average vehicle age is just one year.  FEMA has obligated a total of more than $121.5 million to pay for a variety of the RTA’s costs, including new buses.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

State Senator Raoul Calls for Pressure on Dominican Republic to End Deportations

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Senate resolution draws attention to plight of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent in D.R.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) introduced a resolution, which the Illinois Senate adopted, calling on the U.S. government to use sanctions and/or other penalties to pressure the government of the Dominican Republic to end the discriminatory deportation of residents of Haitian descent, many of whom were illegally trafficked into the country to work in its sugarcane fields.

“The Dominican Republic has a shameful history of benefitting economically from the cheap or free labor of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent, and in this system that has been described as modern-day slavery, one constant has been the establishment of barriers to legal citizenship, even for those born in the Dominican Republic,” Raoul said. “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights prohibits nations from arbitrarily depriving individuals of their citizenship, but this is precisely what the Dominican Republic has done, and the United States needs to take a stand for international law and the basic rights of oppressed people.”

In 2010, an amendment to the Dominican Constitution removed its birthright citizenship provision; three years later, the nation’s Constitutional Court applied this amendment retroactively, effectively denationalizing hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Subsequently, the government required all migrants and non-citizens to prove that they arrived in the country before October 2011 and either have jobs or are attending school, or else face deportation. By the June 17 deadline, many affected individuals – particularly those who had been brought into the country illegally in the first place – were unable access official documents proving their status. Although the deadline has been extended, an estimated 40,000 persons, fearing sudden deportation, separation from family members and the loss of their belongings, have already left the Dominican Republic for Haiti, where many lack employment and housing and where the sudden population increase is contributing to the lingering humanitarian crisis in that nation.

“More than 200,000 men, women and children are still at risk of deportation, and violence against Dominicans of Haitian descent is escalating,” Raoul said. “I’m proud that the Illinois Senate is taking a stand against the human rights violations that are taking place and urging the United States government to act quickly.”

First 2015 Human Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2015.  The St. Clair County Health Department reported an adolescent female became ill in August.

“The recent hot, dry weather in Illinois has increased the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This first human case is a little later in the year than we typically see in Illinois, but it’s a good reminder of the importance for people to continue taking precautions like wearing insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.”

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.  However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.  In rare cases, severe illness, including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.  People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Environmental and human surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.  People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

On May 26, 2015, St. Clair County Health Department staff collected the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch for the year.  The first West Nile virus positive results in 2014 were a positive bird in Henry County collected on May 29, 2014, and a positive mosquito batch in Madison County collected on May 30, 2014.  Last year, 50 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case.  For the 2014 season, IDPH reported 44 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including four deaths.

Although only one human case of West Nile virus has been reported so far in Illinois, West Nile virus may be circulating in your community.  There are simple precautions you can take to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten.  Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

  • REDUCE exposure – minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.  If you go outside during these times, take precautions.   Even if mosquito numbers seem low, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit the virus.

®    Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.  Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

®    Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, such as old tires, buckets and other receptacles, or refresh the water in bird baths, flowerpots and wading pools every couple days.

  • REPEL – when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT – report dead birds to your local health department.  In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government about areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found at www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/west-nile-virus.

Updated Interactive Cook County Highway Construction Project Map Launched

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The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways today launched a new, interactive map<http://cookviewer2.cookcountyil.gov/construction/> allowing the public to view the status of all road and bridge construction projects in Cook County.

The Highway Construction Project map provides information on all planned, current and completed road and bridge projects, covering all 557 miles of Cook County roads. Projects are marked by graphic icons of construction barricades which, when clicked, provide a location and a brief description of the work.  More detail on individual projects is another click away, with additional information provided at the bottom of the map.

Users can also switch between a street view and an aerial view, find their current location using GPS, and then see all the current or planned projects nearby.

“Time on the road is valuable to motorists. Seeing in real time where construction projects are being planned as well as projects that are already in progress is extremely helpful,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “We are always thinking of better ways to serve Cook County residents and our innovative team is to be commended for designing this interactive feature.”

The interactive map can be found on the Department of Transportation and Highways website<http://www.cookcountyil.gov/department-of-transportation-and-highways/> and is a joint creation with the Department of Geographical Information Services (GIS). The Highway Construction Project site is one of many geographic applications available to the public through Cook County’s award-winning GIS department. To see other applications and learn more about Cook County’s map applications, please visit Cook County GIS<http://www.cookcountyil.gov/maps-and-data/>.

Survey: Investment in DACA, Immigration Legal Services Strengthens Illinois’ Economy

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CHICAGO, IL — A new survey by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) shows that Illinois immigrants have become more financially independent, gained access to educational and professional opportunities, and contributed more to their local economies since obtaining a temporary reprieve from deportation, access to work authorization, and social security numbers through the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The survey of 200 Illinois DACA recipients, conducted with the assistance of Assistant Professor Tom K. Wong at the University of California, San Diego, highlights that funding for legal services is critical to increase the number of DACA applicants. Illinois has about 90,000 potentially DACA-eligible residents, but as of March 15, only about 35,106 Illinoisans had received DACA protection.

“The survey findings reflect what NIJC has long known as we’ve provided legal services to Illinois’ immigrant communities: Undocumented young people have a strong desire to participate in our economy, but are held back by not having legal status,” said NIJC Executive Director Mary Meg McCarthy. “DACA was a game-changer for many Illinoisans, but there are many more who are eligible for deferred action who, because they do not have access to legal counsel, have not been able to apply.”

The DACA survey release coincides with the launch of Chicago’s Comprehensive Immigrant Integration Plan. Developed by the Chicago Immigration Working Group with support from Aldermen Carlos Rosa (35th Ward) and Ricardo Muñoz (22nd Ward) and Alderwoman Susan Garza (10th Ward), the plan recognizes that strong and stable immigrant communities benefit Chicago’s economy, a reality that NIJC’s DACA survey findings reflect.

NIJC’s findings:

• Access to DACA increased average hourly wages by 32 percent from $10.38/hour to $15.25/hour

• 90% of survey respondents relied on legal assistance during the DACA application process

• Thanks to DACA, 70% of survey respondents accessed educational opportunities, 57% secured their first credit card, 85% obtained a driver’s license and/or state identification card, and 28% purchased their first car

• Since obtaining DACA, of the 172 survey respondents who were employed, 72% changed jobs or secured their first job, 68% became financially independent, and 76% were able to support their family financially

As a member of the Chicago Immigration Working Group and in light of the DACA survey findings, NIJC calls for an increase in investment in legal services that will help more Illinois residents apply for immigration relief and contribute to Illinois’ economic health.

Link to this press release and the policy brief: http://immigrantjustice.org/press_releases/survey-daca-in-illinois

With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through a unique combination of direct services, policy reform, impact litigation and public education. Visit immigrantjustice.org.

Raven Theatre to Observe 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with The Play About My Dad

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Guest artist Marti Lyons will direct the Midwest premiere of 2011 off-Broadway play set in flood stricken Gulfport, Mississippi

http://www.raventheatre.com/play-about-my-dad
CHICAGO, ILThe Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew, which opened at New York’s 595 E 59 Theatres in June 2011, tells of the author’s father, a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi who stayed behind to take care of patients as the storm hit in August 2005. New Orleans, as the largest city to be hit by the storm, appropriately received most of the media attention, but Katrina’s effects on the Gulf Coast were devastating. Many coastal towns were destroyed, 235 people were killed and more than one million Mississippians were affected.

Killebrew’s play shows the doctors’ interactions with several residents caught in the storm – an elderly woman who refuses to leave, a pair of young parents and their five-year-old son who are unable to leave, and a team of paramedics who like the doctor stay behind to provide emergency care. The storm is a backdrop for the play’s meditation on life and death, memory and the present and loss of familial presence and support.

Marti Lyons, Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at the Goodman Theatre and director of such recent productions as Body and Blood at The Gift, Will Eno’s Title and Deed at Lookingglass and Hot Georgia Sunday with Haven Theatre Company, will make her Raven Theatre debut as director. The play will be performed in Raven’s intimate West Stage space. Previews will be Wednesday October 21 -Sunday, October 25, 2015 with press openings Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The regular run will be October 30 – November 28, 2015. Tickets are on sale now at www.raventheatre.com or by calling 773-338-2177.

The cast will include Tuckie White (Boo Killebrew), Joe Mack (Larry Killebrew), JoAnn Montemurro (Sallye Killebrew), Patrick Agada (Kenny Tyson), Nick Horst (Neil Plitt), Aaron Lamm (Michael Thomas), Paloma Nozicka (Rena Thomas), Miguel Nunez (Jay Thomas), Sandra Watson (Essie Watson), Felisha McNeal (U/S Essie), Angela Sandall (U/S Boo).
The creative team includes Michael Stanfill (Lighting Design), Courtney O’Neil (Set Design), Chris LaPorte (Sound Design), Kristy Hall (Costume Design), Amanda Herrmann (Properties Design), Elyse Dolan (Assistant Director), Alan Weusthoff (Technical Director), Tara Malpass (Stage Manager), Nicholas Hittner-Cunningham (Assistant Stage Manager), Kelly Claussen (Production Manager), Jason K. Martin (Dialect Coach), Thom Pasculli (Movement Coach).
Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. There are a limited number of free parking spaces available in the parking lot adjacent to the theatre, and free on-street parking is available nearby.
LISTING INFORMATION
The Play About My Dad
MIDWEST PREMIERE
By Boo Killebrew
Directed by Marti Lyons
All performances on Raven’s West Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago
773-338-2177
Nearest El station Granville Red Line, Buses: #22 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155 (Devon), #64 (Peterson).
Previews Wednesday, October 21 – Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 25 at 3:30 pm. Press performances are Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm. Preview ticket prices are $28.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance). Students with a valid ID are $18 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance).
Regular run is October 30 – November 28, 2015
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Sundays at 3:30 pm.
Saturday matinees at 3:30 pm October 31, November 7, 14, 21 and 28.
No performance Thursday, October 29 or Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)
General admission $42.00, seniors $37.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance), students, teachers and military $18.00 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance)
Groups of 10 or more are $21.00 for Thursday and Friday performances and $25.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances. Call 773-338-2177 to inquire about groups.

Indiana’s ArtsRoad 46 Alive With Upcoming Art Festivals

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Three cities. Two lanes. One great time.

NASHVILLE, Ind. – Nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana is Highway 46. Connecting three distinct communities, Bloomington, Nashville, and Columbus, this winding two-lane highway is home to an abundance of arts. Collectively, the 40-mile stretch of scenic highway flowing between these three designated cultural districts is known as ArtsRoad 46. A haven for stunning arts and architecture, vibrant culture, flavorful cuisine, and breathtaking vistas, ArtsRoad 46 offers a wide variety of opportunities to experience art in all its forms and fashions.

In addition to permanent fixtures, galleries, and ongoing arts activities, ArtsRoad 46 hosts several festivals and special events throughout the year. With many fun and unique art festivals slated Labor Day through November in each of the three cities, ArtsRoad 46 is alive and buzzing with excitement.

Known for its music and art programs at Indiana University, along with its many galleries, theatre productions, one-of-a-kind venues, independent restaurants, wineries, breweries and more, Bloomington, Indiana is a global destination for arts and entertainment.

During Labor Day weekend (September 5-6), Bloomington will host its famous 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts. This long-running art event, which has been occurring annually for nearly 40 years, is beloved by locals and visitors alike. Taking over a downtown section of 4th Street, over 100 art vendors will fill the area, representing a wide range of mediums and styles.

Later in the month, the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival will take place in Bloomington as well, attracting musicians and artists from around the globe. On September 24-27, this three-day music and art festival will spread across downtown Bloomington, creating an electric atmosphere complete with street tents, indoor venues, and live performances.

For more information on Bloomington’s upcoming art festivals, please visit www.visitbloomington.com, or call 812-334-8900.

The next ArtsRoad destination, Nashville, Indiana, is only a short 20 mile drive East along scenic Highway 46.   Rich in arts heritage, Brown County has been known for generations as the “Art Colony of the Midwest.” Home to hundreds of eclectic boutiques, galleries, and specialty shops, Nashville continues to honor its handmade history every day. Watch artists create in their studios and galleries, all while relishing in the natural beauty of the area’s unforgettable vistas and overlooks

Art is more than a hobby in Brown County, it is a way of life. Experience art firsthand during the Brown County Art Colony Weekend, September 11-13. Explore the grounds of the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, while enjoying live plein air painting demonstrations at the 27th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest on September 12 (part of the weekend’s festivities). Sample local fare and relax to a concert performed on the festival grounds as well.

Head back to downtown Nashville for the Village Art Walk, where several galleries will stay open late sharing not only their artwork with guests but also refreshments and live music. Additionally, Art Colony Weekend will feature the Nashville Cityscape Plein Air PaintOut, along with breakfast with the artists and a Brown County art history panel discussion.

For the entire month of October, Brown County also will be hosting its ever-popular Back Roads Studio Tours. Admire the breathtaking fall foliage while traveling along the back roads of Brown County to the home studios of local artists. Step into an artist’ world; watch and listen as artists’ share their stories and demonstrate their skills.

For more information on art events taking place in Nashville, please visit www.browncounty.com, or call 812-988-7303.

Rounding out the ArtsRoad 46 trio is Columbus, Indiana. With over seventy buildings and public art pieces by internationally noted artists and architects, Columbus is ranked as a top city for architecture and arts by critics and writers. Columbus’ art and culture are at every turn, seen in its architectural treasures, pristine parks and landscaping, dining, shopping, and more.

On September 12-13, art will fill the streets during the Columbus ArtFest. Enjoy artwork from local, regional, and national artists, including mixed media, ceramics, fiber, leather, furniture, glass, jewelry, printmaking, sculpture, and woodwork, all conveniently located downtown on Washington Street. Kicking off this year is the inaugural Columbus ArtFest Plein Air Paintout. Historical buildings, modern architecture, parks and walking trails provide opportune subjects for artists to capture the beauty of Columbus on canvas.

In November, Columbus also will host the Deja Vu Art & Fine Craft Show, a collection of artwork like none other. More than 60 artists who reuse or recycle materials will display their upcycled creations on November 14. What may seem like trash to most, will be transformed by participating artists into eye-pleasing art and fine crafts.

For more information on upcoming Columbus art festivals, please visit www.columbus.in.us, or call 812-378-2622.

Three cities. Two lanes. One great time. Hit the highway and check out ArtsRoad 46, where arts and culture abound. Learn more about ArtsRoad 46, including featured attractions, activities, and special events, at www.artsroad46.com.

Voters in Key Swing States to Vice President Biden: Run and We will Support You

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Biden Beats Republican Frontrunners in Head to Head Matchups in OH, FL and PA

CHICAGO, IL —A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday morning shows Vice President Joe Biden would beat Republican frontrunners by the same or larger margins than any other Democrat in the race. The poll, conducted among likely voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, shows that should Vice President Biden decide to run, there would be significant support.

“Americans are looking for a President who tells it like it is, and one who has a history of backing up those words with action,” said Joshua Alcorn, Senior Advisor to Draft Biden. “This is why Americans are strongly considering Joe Biden, a guy who has spent the last 40 years listening to them and working hard to address their concerns.”

In a head to head matchup, Vice President Biden would beat Donald Trump 45% to 42% in Florida, 48% to 38% in Ohio and 48% to 40% in Pennsylvania. Against other potential Republicans, Vice President Biden either beats them or exceeds the margins of other potential Democratic candidates in the field.

“Americans took a long hard look at the Republicans during the debate two weeks ago and decided that the vision they offered for America is not the right one,” said Joshua Alcorn. “The Vice President’s strength in these polls shows there is a desire to have him on the stage for the Democratic debate in October. Americans trust him to offer an alternative vision for our country – a vision that continues the path of economic recovery and ensures equal opportunity and respect for all.”

The full poll results can be found here:

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2271

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR 8TH WARD RESIDENTS

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Buses Are Also Available for Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting August 21st

The Chicago City Council Has APPROVED an application for a special use permit for a Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 1111 E. 87th Street (in the business area where the Social Security Administration was once housed).
The proposed dispensary is a joint venture of California-based Harborside Health Center and Illinois Grown Medicine.

Many in the community are angry about the dispensary coming to the 8th Ward area, and the Eighth Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC) has held two major meetings pertaining to the dispensary (hundreds of angry residents turned out for the meeting). If not for EWAC, most community residents would not have been privy to this transforming information since the community had been left in the dark. Alderman Michelle A. Harris did not hold a public meeting to inform the communityuntil August 11th, two weeks before the Zoning Board hearing.

According to news reports, Steven DeAngelo, a felon convicted of drug distribution and founder of Harborside, is barred from participating in the business operation but his brother, Andrew DeAngelo, is the Harborside partner who will be involved in Illinois. The State of Massachusetts refused to even grant a license to Harborside because of their legal issues.  The U.S. Department of Justice has taken action to shut down the Harborside operations in California.

Our only hope now to stop this medical marijuana dispensary from coming to the neighborhood is to go down in numbers to the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on August 21,2015, at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 200 at 2 p.m.Jerry Brown, an official of EWAC, and EWAC members solicited the board for a hearing when they found out about it coming and the community had not been informed by Alderman Harris through a public hearing. EWAC is working on securing a bus, maybe two to carry interested residents to the meeting. For more information, call Brown at 630 542-7320 or e-mail EWAC member Linda Hudson atlhudson426@sbcglobal.net.


PLEASE MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO BE AT THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING. WE DON’T NEED THIS DISPENSARY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

Bus Transportation is Available to the Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing August 21, 2015 at 121 N. LaSalle Street, Room 200 at 2 p.m.

According to Linda Hudson, an EWAC official: We will be traveling by bus to the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Friday, August 21st and have reserved a seat for you.  The details are as follows:

DEPARTURE TIME:     11:00 AM

DEPARTURE PLACE:  St. Felicitas Church, 84th & Blackstone

BUS FEE:                      $5.00 per person

Please confirm your reservation by email to lhudson426@sbcglobal.net no later than Wednesday, August 19th.

To ensure that we depart on time, please plan on arriving at St. Felicitas Catholic Church by 10:30 A.M. so we can collect fees and board everyone without rushing.Buses Available for Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting.

On Another Note:

CopyLine Magazine Interviews EWAC Officials About Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary Headed for the Eighth Ward
Juanita Bratcher, Editor & Publisher of CopyLine Magazine and Host of One On One TV, interviews Jerry Brown and Linda Hudson of the 8th Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC). Brown and Hudson discuss a proposed medical cannabis dispensary headed to the 8th Ward, located at 1111 E. 87th Street. The 8th Ward Community is up-in-arms about the dispensary. The bottom line: They don’t want it.
Renown Cameraman and Tech Production Expert Clarence McMillan and Pamela McMillan, Executive Producer of One On One TV and CEO of Petal et al, produced the video. Clarence is also an executive with One On One TV.
A meeting about the proposed dispensary is scheduled before the Zoning Board of Appeals on August 21, 2015, at 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 200 at 2 p.m.
LINK TO INTERVIEW:

Jerry Brown and Linda Hudson of the 8th Ward Accountability Coalition (EWAC) discuss a medical cannabis dispensary headed to the 8th Ward.
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