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Archive for September 10th, 2015

Family of Unarmed Father of Four Shot in the Back by Indy Police Sues City

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City Suffers Nearly as Many Police Shootings as 10X More Populous New York

News conference with the Sowell Family, friends and attorneys at
12 noon today, 4117 East 16th Street, Indianapolis.
“Mr. Sowell presented no threat to anyone and was not carrying a gun – let alone shooting one – when Defendants killed him.” – Lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS, IND – The family of the late Donte Sowell, a father of four shot dead from behind by a hail of police bullets January 15th, sued the City of Indianapolis, a security guard firm and the property management firm that employed them in federal court today.

“Mr. Sowell’s many gunshot wounds confirm that he was shot from behind. Witnesses confirm that he was unarmed and had surrendered to police at the time he was killed. The police recovered no gun from Mr. Sowell, even though they were the first people to reach him after having killed him,” said Sowell family attorney Ruth Brown of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law.

“Yet within hours of the shooting, police spokespersons falsely claimed that Mr. Sowell had initiated a ‘gun battle’ with them. Those claims are a fiction invented to justify shooting an unarmed father of four in the back.”

Compounding the family’s frustration about the sweeping false statements made by police about Mr. Sowell is the near-total black-out of information from the police concerning his death. Not only have police never once claimed to have recovered a weapon from Mr. Sowell, they have stonewalled his family’s requests for police reports, ballistics tests, and police radio transmissions, and have even refused to confirm whether or not they have any body camera or other video footage of the shooting.

“The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has refused to produce video recordings of the shooting or even say definitively whether they exist, in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and other laws,” said Attorney Matt Topic, also of Loevy & Loevy. “The suggestion that the families of police shooting victims, the press, and the public should simply accept government accounts of what happened without seeing actual video evidence is offensive to a free society and violates the law.”

Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law is one of the largest civil rights law firms in the country with offices in Chicago and Boulder. Loevy & Loevy has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country over the past decade. Loevy & Loevy also represents journalists, activists, and the general public to enforce open records laws and hold elected officials accountable. Copies of the suit, Rachel Long, as Administrator for the Estate of Donte Lamont Sowell v. City of Indianapolis, et al., #1:15-cv-00252, are available here.


Police Chiefs From 7 Cities Meet to Create New Solutions

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The Bridge Summit connects U.S. Police Chiefs to create new community engagement model and police professionalism

Law Enforcement Officials from Seven Cities Convene on the Heels of Community Demonstrations Sparked by Officer-Involved Shootings
Bridge Summit

Phoenix, AZ (BlackNews.com) – On September 10, police chiefs from seven cities across the U.S. will convene in Phoenix to discuss developing a new model for community engagement and police professionalism. The discussion will take place as part of The Bridge Summit: Connecting Community Engagement with Police Professionalism.The event takes place on the heels of community demonstrations in several cities sparked by officer-involved shootings.

Participating police chiefs include:

* Chief Joseph Yahner – Phoenix, Arizona
* Chief Calvin D. Williams – Cleveland, Ohio
* Chief Robert C. White – Denver, Colorado
* Deputy Chief Cerelyn CJ Davis Atlanta, Georgia
* Deputy Chief Danielle Outlaw Oakland, California
* Assistant Chief Perry Tarrant, Seattle, Washington

Lonnie Lawrence, a retired Miami-Dade Police major and former director of the Miami-Dade Corrections Department will also serve as a panelist. Major General (Ret.) James “Spider Marks, executive dean for the College of Security and Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix and CNN military analyst, will serve as the events host.

During the summit, the panel of law enforcement officials and experts will explore and develop best practices that address conscious and unconscious biases contributing to the dynamics of community engagement and perception of police officers in the community. The goal is that these practices will form the foundation for increased understanding and improved relations.

Over 150 local Public Officials and Community Leaders representing every possible constituent will participate in the Summit and explore opportunities to engage their communities with law enforcement leaders. The community leaders will participate in developing best practices for communications, protocol, community engagement and police professionalism.

The University of Phoenix will assist with research and compiling the data generated from the forum, and will provide insight on possible training and education opportunities supporting the events outcomes.

The summit is an invitation-only event and is presented by the Black Chamber of Arizona CEO & President, Kerwin V. Brown and Checkered Flag Run Foundation Founder, Alan AP Powell, whose mission is investing in education to ensure every student gets to cross the finish line.

About Checkered Flag Run Foundation
The Checkered Flag Run Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization whose mission is to provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students. The Foundation strives to deliver programs like the Bridge Summit out of its desire to teach, educate and innovate with investments in human talent and have a direct bearing on future economic prosperity and quality of life.

Discrimination During Adolescence has Lasting Effect on Body

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Northwestern University News

Decades of unjust treatment impacts stress hormone levels, researchers find
• First study to suggest impact of discrimination on cortisol adds up over time
• Repeated exposure to discrimination negatively affects cortisol in blacks, whites
• For blacks, discrimination during adolescence predicted lower average cortisol
• Dysfunctional cortisol levels linked to fatigue, impaired memory, cardiovascular disease


EVANSTON, IL – In both blacks and whites, everyday feelings of discrimination can mess with the body’s levels of the primary stress hormone, cortisol, new research suggests.

In African-Americans, however, the negative effects of perceived discrimination on cortisol are stronger than in whites, according to the study, one of the first to look at the biological response to the cumulative impact of prejudicial treatment.

The team of researchers, led by Northwestern University, also found that the teenage years are a particularly sensitive period to be experiencing discrimination, in terms of the future impact on adult cortisol levels.

“We found cumulative experiences matter and that discrimination mattered more for blacks,” said study lead author Emma Adam, a developmental psychologist at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. “We saw a flattening of cortisol levels for both blacks and whites, but blacks also had an overall drop in levels. The surprise was that this was particularly true for discrimination that happened during adolescence.”

The propsective study will be published in the December 2015 issue of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology and is currently available online.
In times of stress, the body releases several hormones, including cortisol. Ideally, cortisol levels are high in the morning to help energize us for the day. At night, cortisol levels wane as the body prepares for sleep.

Previous research indicates that discrimination can affect the natural rhythm of this process. Work by Adam and others suggests that young adults from racial/ethnic minority groups who perceive more discrimination have higher levels of cortisol in the evening and less decline in cortisol levels across the day than those with lower discrimination.

Having flatter or dysfunctional cortisol levels across the day is linked with higher fatigue, worse mental health, cardiovascular disease and mortality, as well as cognitive problems, such as impaired memory.

The latest study suggests for the first time that the impact of discrimination on cortisol adds up over time. Using data collected over a 20–year period, the researchers showed that the more discrimination people experience throughout adolescence and early adulthood, the more dysfunctional their cortisol rhythms are by age 32.

“We’ve been trying to solve the mystery behind why African-Americans have flatter diurnal cortisol rhythms than whites,” said Adam, a faculty fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research.
“There’s a fair amount of research on how discrimination affects people in the moment. But we haven’t been sufficiently considering the wear and tear and accumulation of discrimination over lifetimes. Our study offers the first empirical demonstration that everyday discrimination affects biology in ways that have small but cumulative negative effects over time.”

Even after controlling for income, education, depression, times of waking and other health behaviors, they still couldn’t explain or remove the effects of discrimination, “making it unlikely that those other factors play a role,” Adam said.

The researchers measured discrimination from ages 12 to 32, prospectively. They also assessed adult cortisol levels over a seven-day period. Using modeling, they determined the age range during which discrimination most dramatically affected cortisol.

“Adolescence might be an important time period because there are a lot of changes in the brain and body,” Adam said.“When you experience perceived discrimination during this period of change, it’s more likely that those effects are built into the system and have a bigger impact.”
The study is titled “Developmental histories of perceived racial discrimination and diurnal cortisol profiles in adulthood: A 20-year prospective study.”



U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg Appointed to Attorney General’s Advisory Committee

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced the appointment of U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg of the District of Nebraska to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), effective Sept. 4, 2015:

“The Attorney General’s Advisory Committee plays a crucial role in shaping the Justice Department’s approach to some of the most pressing public safety issues facing our country today,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “I am grateful that the U.S. Attorneys who serve on the AGAC are able to lend their wisdom, their expertise and their counsel to advance the committee’s critical work on behalf of the American people.  As a former chair of the AGAC, I know that serving on the committee while leading federal law enforcement efforts within one’s home district is no easy feat.  But I also know that the AGAC’s members are on the committee precisely because of their talent and effectiveness as public service leaders.  That is why I could not be more pleased to welcome Deborah to the committee, where I know she will continue to serve her district and our country with passion, with intelligence and with results.”

U.S. Attorney Gilg will fill the seat vacated by former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge for the Western District of Arkansas, who stepped down on Aug. 22, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Gilg was appointed by President Barack Obama on Oct. 1, 2009, as the 32nd U.S. Attorney of the District of Nebraska and the first female U.S. Attorney of the District of Nebraska.  Prior to her appointment, U.S. Attorney Gilg served as an elected county attorney in Western Nebraska for 16 years.  In recognition of her expertise as a prosecutor, she was appointed as a deputy county attorney or special prosecutor in more than 21 counties in Nebraska, in addition to maintaining a private law practice.  U.S. Attorney Gilg currently serves on the Attorney General’s Subcommittees on Native American Issues, Civil Rights Issues, and Terrorism and National Security Issues.

The AGAC was created in 1973 to serve as the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and to advise the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices.

Source: Office of the Attorney General

Munger: State’s Bill Backlog to Exceed $8.5 Billion by December Without Budget

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Comptroller outlines ramifications of continued budget impasse

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced Wednesday that if the state continues its current rate of spending without a balanced budget, Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills to schools, hospitals, businesses, social services and other vendors will exceed $8.5 billion by the end of the calendar year.

Munger said court orders, consent decrees, and statutory continuing appropriations (including debt service, pension payments, tax refunds and lawmaker salaries) are funding 90 percent of the state’s bills even though the General Assembly and Governor have been deadlocked on a budget since July 1. The problem is, the spending is based on FY 15 levels while revenue is based on FY 16 levels, which is running considerably lower due to the sunset of the temporary tax increase in January.

The unpaid bill estimate does not include payments for higher education, employee-retiree health insurance, student MAP grants, some Lottery winners, commercial spending, and other bills that will not be processed until a budget in place. Those expenses could account for an additional $4.3 billion in spending annually.

“Just over two months ago, I stood before you to warn that if the General Assembly and Governor were unable to pass a balanced budget, there would be severe consequences for the state,” Munger said. “Today I’m here to say that those consequences have come to pass and the situation will become more dire the longer we try to fund state services without a budget.”

At the end of August, the state’s unpaid bills to schools, hospitals, businesses, social service agencies and others totaled about $5.5 billion. That number has grown to $6 billion today. If there is no budget in place and the state’s spending trajectory continues, it will enter the New Year on January 1, 2016 owing an estimated $8.5 billion in unpaid bills. As the backlog grows, the state’s cash flow gets tighter and payments to nonprofits and other state vendors for provided services face further delays, Munger said.

Munger will continue to prioritize payments to nonprofits that serve children, the elderly, people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, and other vulnerable residents. They depend heavily on state funding and provide critical services at a lower cost than it would cost the state, she said.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to keep the state and our human service organizations afloat, but to be clear – our office performs triage every day simply to ensure the State of Illinois lives up to its core commitments,” Munger said. “For the sake of our families, businesses and organizations, it is time for members of the General Assembly to sit down with the Governor to find common ground and pass a balanced budget so we can fund our critical priorities.”

Chicago Parents, Students & Guests to Experience the Wisdom & Words of Dr. Irving McPhail

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Dr. Irving McPhail, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E) orientation
Dr. Irving McPhail

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) – Since 2008, growing numbers of inner city children and their parents have been given the rare opportunity of engaging in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) education on Saturday mornings. The free programs take place in the Spring and Fall of each year, kicked off by an orientation session designed to familiarize parents and their children with the process for the Saturday engineering program. Parental participation is an essential component of the program.
On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9 a.m., the Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E) will hold its Fall 2015 Parent/Student Orientation session at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Open to grades 1 through 7, it will be held in Lecture Hall A, 750 S. Halsted Street. RSVP at info@chiprep.org.
The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Dr. McPhail, who previously served as a college professor and chancellor and held tenured full professorships at three colleges and universities, is known throughout the academic world for his innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He is the co-editor of Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices, published by the International Reading Association in 2005, and the author of more than 50 journal articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports.
Dr. McPhail will not only provide valuable information about opportunities in STEM fields and future possibilities for students pursuing science, technology, mathematics and engineering at the orientation, said Kenneth Hill, founder & president of ChiS&E. But his engaging and informative address will also inspire and motivate parents and students to become fully committed to participating in ChiS&E.
Dr. McPhail earned a bachelors degree in development sociology at Cornell University and a masters degree in reading at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned the doctorate in reading/language arts at the University of Pennsylvania as a National Fellowships Fund Fellow. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree at the 155th Commencement of Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 2010.
Along with parents and their children in grades 1 through 7, a number of city and state officials and other notables are also expected to attend the orientation.


About The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program
The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (ChiS&E) provides highly-engaging, age-appropriate hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for Chicago Public School (CPS) students in grades K7 and their parents. For more information, visit www.chiprep.org.

Photo: Dr. Irving McPhail

Corporations That Break the Law Should NOT be Able to Fund Election Campaigns: Sign The Petition

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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) just introduced the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act. This important bill would prevent corporations that have committed felonies or settled for more than $1 million over felony charges from giving money to any political candidates or SuperPACs.

Sign on as a Citizen Co-Sponsor to support the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act:

We all know that corporations and billionaires like the Koch Brothers are dumping millions of dollars into our electoral system to back hand-picked candidates for office.

But did you know that even corporations guilty of federal crimes are allowed to spend unlimited money on elections? That’s right. No matter what crime a corporation commits, it can still spend millions influencing our elections.

That’s why Rep. Keith Ellison just introduced the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act. This bill would bar any corporation that has been convicted of a felony or agreed to settle felony charges for more than $1 million from donating to any candidate or PAC for 6 years.

ADD YOUR NAME: Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act >>

Wall Street big banks like Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase — which recently pled guilty to conspiring to manipulate the price of U.S. currency — would no longer be allowed to spend on elections until 2021 under Rep. Ellison’s law. That’s sensible reform that we need to pressure Congress to enact.

Demand that Congress pass the Protect Democracy from Criminal Corporations Act:


Thanks for taking action,


DuSable High School Class of 1960 Will Host its 55th Class Reunion; Looking For All Graduates and Former Students of The DuSable High School Class of 1960

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DuSable High School Class of 1960 will host its 55th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., at Chateau Bu-Sche, 11535 South Cicero Ave., Alsip, IL. All DuSable High School Alumni, faculty, family and friends are welcome to attend.

Were you an alumni of DuSable High School between 1956-1960? The DuSable Class of 1960 is looking for you to help celebrate their 55th Class Reunion. Please join us on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., at Chateau Bu-Sche, 11535 South Cicero Ave., Alsip, IL.

The DuSable High School Class of 1960 is a grassroots organization dedicated to promoting meaningful programs and scholarships that benefits current students of the three small schools at the DuSable High School Campus.

For more information, contact the DuSable H.S. Class of 1960 at 773.734.6494.


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