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Archive for October 23rd, 2015

National Black Church Initiative Calls the US Justice Department Impotent as Black Churches Burn and the Black Community is Systematically Attacked by White Racist and the Police at Will

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
If whites’ churches and Jewish were being attacked, a faster response would occur
Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans is saddened to see a lackluster approach in addressing the plethora of church burnings and the systematically attack against African American in general and our youth in particular. Simply put, does the Obama Administration care about black people? Their actions or, rather inactions, seem to be in hurry or demonstrative of an imperative when it comes to black people. Their actions or, rather inactions, seems to suggest that we should just take it (injustice) and wait on the impotent justice department to act. But we cannot and we will not wait. The urgency of now is upon us and we demand action to protect all us from these racist attacks. By the way, we are Americans too.
A message to the Justice Department —Now is the Time!
There have been approximately 20 black churches burned down since the tragargy in Charleston. What is the Justice Department doing? Why have they not sounded the alarm? President Obama and his liberal advisers are scared to let the administration deal with the real issues and root causes of white supremacy. The President himself has repeatedly blamed the victims of this society and not the racists who perpetuate hate. The Justice Department has not charged any white police officers to date of violating the civil rights of any of the black victims….and in some cases they had two years to investigate. Shall we do a roll call on the number of race-centered cases facing the black community:
  • George Zimmerman was not charged for violating the civil rights of Tryvon Martin. (Impotent)
  • Dylann Roof was not charged as a domestic terrorist of killing 9 African American in cold blood. (Impotent)
  • Daniel Pantaleo was never charged for the choking to death and nor charges for violating the civil rights of Eric Garner. (Impotent)
  • Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown was neither charged for murder or for violating his civil rights (Impotent)
  • Ten of hundreds of other blacks…. etc. (Impotent)
The Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative issues the following statement, “We are baffled as to the approach of the administration and their hesitancy related to the pursuit of these crimes. It seems to us their approach is not working to stop the church burning. It seems to us their approach is not working to solve these recurring and rendered meaningless crimes. Our own federal government seems impotent in the face of these racial fontal attacks against both the black church and our entire community. Simply put, we do not feel safe!”
In addition the Justice Department has completely ignore a letter sent to them on June 22, 2015 signed on by 500 blacks churches. What remains is an imperative need for the government to be responsive to our concerns in the black community for the sake of the American society. Following below are the components of the comprehensive faith-based safety program of church parishioners again, for which the National Black Church Initiative and 15 religious denominations proposes to address these issues in a strategic, yet relevant manner:

Technical Assistance and Training

We plan to immediately train 25 of our congregants, mainly males in basic safety, security techniques and strategies to vanguard against any immediate threat. We have a draft protocol of training and measures to be put in place to safeguard our member congregations. One of the critical elements of this technical assistance and training is that we are asking congregations to reach out to their local law enforcement agencies and to create a safety plan for their faith community. There remains a need to understand those elements needed to implement this type of collaborative task. We have adopted an initiative, “No Activities Without Security.” A minimum of three (3) security persons is to be present at all faith-based activities while children and women’s activities are to be assigned six (6) security persons. This is a part of our 90-day plan before we are able to formally incorporate the core elements, which we are now setting forth.
Educational Seminars

Educational seminars around the country and within each of the regions are particularly important toward ensuring, as many people are aware of this important plan to educate individuals about safety for parishioners. We will need the support of the aforementioned agencies (i.e. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) along with the Department of Justice to help us create a seminar that covers all of the necessary safety elements on how to safeguard a group of people during the worship experience and other related church activities such as Bible study on a weekday night. This particular seminar will need to be completed at least twelve times in every region of the country within the next six months. This particular seminar will need to be taken within the next six weeks.


Safety Manual

Having a safety manual is important toward providing guidelines for how people are to conduct themselves in times of crisis. Unfortunately, many of our congregations are unable to secure a paid security apparatus to safeguard them. The manual has to speak directly to the short-term and long-term needs of what congregations need to do toward enhancing overall security of the church and parishioners. The manual needs to also be inclusive of key community-based organizations and related personnel, emergency phone numbers and websites. The uniqueness of this manual is its transferability as it can be adapted to every city or geographic area or any other religious affiliations in the country so that the information is relevant to that particular entity. The safety manuals will be placed on a website for the public to view. Thus, we are seeking assistance in generating a “how to” safety manual for faith-based parishioners.


Companion Website
We need to create a website to serve as a “one stop safety net.” This website will consist of written, video, graphics and other elements. The website will contain information on technical assistance and training, education, the safety manuals, and other key resources being offered by city, county, state and federal law enforcement authorities. The website will be updated on a daily basis and will send out emergency alerts and other relevant information pertaining to the faith-based community. Thus, we seek support from you toward ensuring the viability of this website in serving as an important tool for ensuring the safety of our parishioners.
Paid Security Apparatus

As we know, some churches will have sufficient resources to hire their own security guards. The vast majority of our churches, however, will not be able to afford them. Depending upon the size of the respective church, there are also unique issues regarding the preparedness and capacity of the security personnel to be responsive to the needs at hand. Thus, we need technical assistance for effectively hiring security personnel for faith communities and the necessary criteria. Issues regarding liability and whether or not the church should hire armed or unarmed guards become critically important points for consideration. Since we are trying to minimize guns in our faith community, we presently have a policy banning any form of firearms in our congregations from parishioners or security personnel. Yet, with the resurgence of violence throughout the country and more recently with the Charleston tragedy, this is an issue that we must revisit. Along with the input from our coalition membership, we will need adequate consultation from federal or state officials and support in developing alternative or modifying current plans.


Innovative Safety Technologies
Technology is important toward delivery messages in an efficient, effective manner. Up-to-date technology offers more innovative features to ensure safety is achieved at the highest level. We need support from you in identifying the proper and doable safety technologies that churches should consider in safeguarding its environment. There is also a need to understand the pros and cons of the use of technology and subsequent issues around privacy as well as legal and liability issue concerning the proper use of technology in faith based communities. The level of expertise that you might be able to provide for us and the constituents we serve would be paramount.
Grant Assistance Program
Grant assisted programs offer access to earmarked resources for improving the outcomes of targeted issues. Because of the urgency of putting safety measures in place, many congregations will not be able to meet the escalating expense. Many security experts have concluded this new expenditure could constitute over 20% of the church budget. Therefore, we are requesting that a grant program be established for faith-based communities to enhance the safety of not only the church and its members, but also for the community in which that church is located. For instance, the church may ask for a grant to expand its video surveillance capabilities from all geographic points, thus covering that particular community from every angle. This in turn will enhance the entire community capability of mitigating criminal activities and promoting prevention. The range of the grants is proposed to be $10,000 to $25,000. Having a grant assistance program made available to our 34,000 constituents would be significant. With your support, this would allow those congregations to assume their own responsible in ensuring the safety of their churches.
About NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.
NBCI’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.
Photo: Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative

Madigan: Two Credit Downgrades in Three Days Make it Clear Rauner Needs to Focus on State Budget

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement after Moody’s Investor Services downgraded Illinois’ credit Thursday. The downgrade comes just three days after Fitch Ratings issued a downgrade of its own to the state’s credit rating:

“Two credit downgrades in the same week are certainly nothing to claim victory over and nothing to ignore. These downgrades will have direct consequences on state taxpayers. The interest rate on future debt repayment will be higher, costing taxpayers more for the foreseeable future.

“Yet despite the Fitch Ratings downgrade Monday, Governor Rauner has insisted on moving ahead with his agenda, which would damage middle-class families’ standard of living and drive down wages, despite the clear lack of support for his agenda from Democrats and Republicans alike.

“With its own credit downgrade Thursday, Moody’s made it very clear that what the state needs to do is focus on eliminating our budget deficit, creating a long-term plan to fund the state’s pensions and reducing the state’s bill backlog.

“We all want economic growth, more business investment and more good-paying jobs for hard-working families in every part of Illinois. That is not in question. These priorities can be achieved through a state budget that takes a balanced approach with some spending cuts and some new revenue, not by slashing services and programs that families count on.

“The biggest issue facing Illinois is the state budget deficit. Two credit downgrades in less than a week have driven home that important fact. So I urge the governor, again, to put aside his agenda that Democrats and Republicans alike oppose – an agenda that will hurt middle-class and struggling families – and instead focus on a budget that helps all Illinoisans.”

Munger: Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Paying Providers

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
Nonprofits struggling mightily during budget impasse, Comptroller notes

ELGIN, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Thursday toured the Community Crisis Center in Elgin and discussed the impact the state’s budget impasse is having on domestic violence providers and other nonprofits in Illinois.

Without a budget in place, the state is legally not able to pay domestic service providers for work they have done since July 1. As a result, some centers have had to dig deep into their cash reserves, others have had to lay off workers and cut services, and others have closed their doors. Thousands of victims of domestic violence are going unserved.

“Ironically, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” Munger said. “The best way to acknowledge and honor the efforts of our domestic violence providers this month is to pass a balanced budget so they can continue providing critical services to women and children in need.”

The state is operating under a series of court orders, consent decrees and continuing appropriations requiring it to pay about 90 percent of its bills at last year’s rates, despite projections showing a $5 billion decline in revenue. Domestic violence providers are part of the 10 percent not covered by any court orders. For those eligible for payments, Munger has prioritized nonprofits serving children, the elderly, people with disabilities and other most vulnerable residents.

Still, the consequences of the budget impasse are seen on a daily basis across the state, Munger added. Nonprofits are cutting services and some are closing. College students are not receiving their promised grant money. And local governments are struggling to keep 911 Emergency Call Centers operating.

“This is not a game, people are being hurt by the stalemate in Springfield,” Munger said. “Enough is enough. It is time for the General Assembly and the Governor to come together and pass a budget so we can fund our critical services.”

Congressional Black Caucus Sends Letter to Speaker John Boehner to Prioritize and Address CBC Legislative Priorities

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield sent a letter on behalf of all 46 CBC Members to outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner to encourage him to prioritize and address time-sensitive legislative items and urge that he fully address issues affecting the African American community before the end of his leadership tenure.

The letter discusses the importance of immediate action on issues and priorities that include African American unemployment, criminal justice reform, restoring the Voting Rights Act (VRA), and investing in education and job training for future generations.

A copy of the letter in its entirety may be viewed here.

Remarks by the President at Veto Signing of National Defense Authorization Act

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Oval Office

President Barack Obama:  As President and Commander-in-Chief, my first and most important responsibility is keeping the American people safe.  And that means that we make sure that our military is properly funded, and that our men and women in uniform get the support, the equipment, the support for their families that they need and deserve when they protect our freedom and our safety.

The bill that has been presented to me authorizing our defense — excuse me — the bill that’s before me, authorizing our defense spending for this year, does a number of good things.  It makes sure that our military is funded.  It has some important provisions around reform for our military retirement system, which is necessary to make sure that it is stable and effective.  It’s got some cybersecurity provisions that are necessary for an increasing threat.

Unfortunately, it falls woefully short in three areas.  Number one, it keeps in place the sequester that is inadequate for us to properly fund our military in a stable, sustained way and allows all of our armed forces to plan properly.  I have repeatedly called on Congress to eliminate the sequester and make sure that we’re providing certainty to our military so they can do out-year planning, ensure military readiness, ensure our troops are getting what they need.  This bill instead resorts to gimmicks that does not allow the Pentagon to do what it needs to do.

Number two, unfortunately it prevents a wide range of reforms that are necessary for us to get our military modernized and able to deal with the many threats that are presenting themselves in the 21st century.  We have repeatedly put forward a series of reforms eliminating programs that the Pentagon does not want — Congress keeps on stepping back in, and we end up wasting money.  We end up diverting resources from things that we do need to have the kind of equipment and training and readiness that are necessary for us to meet all potential threats.

And the third thing is that this legislation specifically impeded our ability to close Guantanamo in a way that I have repeatedly argued is counterproductive to our efforts to defeat terrorism around the world.  Guantanamo is one of the premiere mechanisms for jihadists to recruit.  It’s time for us to close it.  It is outdated; it’s expensive; it’s been there for years. And we can do better in terms of keeping our people safe while making sure that we are consistent with our values.

So I’m going to be vetoing this authorization bill.  I’m going to be sending it back to Congress.  And my message to them is very simple:  Let’s do this right.  We’re in the midst of budget discussions — let’s have a budget that properly funds our national security as well as economic security.  Let’s make sure that we’re able, in a constructive way, to reform our military spending to make it sustainable over the long term, and let’s make sure that, in a responsible way, we can draw down the populations in Guantanamo, make sure that the American people are safe, and make sure that we’re not providing the kinds of recruitment tools to terrorists that are so dangerous.

City Council Continuing Down Emanuel’s Dangerous Course of Regressive Taxes, Privatization, and Fees

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From: Grassrootscollaborative.org>

Chicago Working Families Are Being Asked to Pay More For Less While Banks Continue to Profit Off Public Dole

CHICAGO, IL – This week the Chicago City Council moved forward on a massive property tax increase on residents to fix a budget that has been wrecked by Wall Street handouts and debt payments on predatory bank deals.

The proposed FY2016 budget places the greatest burden on those least able to pay, which has become a hallmark of Emanuel administration budgets. Neighborhood residents are being hit with an additional garbage collection fee, a property tax increase with zero provisions to protect low income renters, and a slew of other taxes and fees on services used by everyday Chicagoans. These increased financial burdens are being compounded by more planned privatization. Although it now appears that 311 service will not be privatized, the fate of the two HIV clinics slated for privatization is still unclear. For neighborhood residents, as seen in other privatization schemes, this will translate into less service and a loss of good jobs.

Meanwhile, Wall Street banks like JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America continue to drain the city of millions from predatory interest rate swap deals, with payments totaling more than $581 million as of June. Mayor Emanuel, instead of suing to get back taxpayer money as other cities have done, gave the banks even more money in termination fees. This cozy treatment of predatory banks has resulted in ballooning debt payments for the city. Chicago’s debt service payments in FY2016 are estimated at almost 1/5th of all appropriations, totaling nearly $1.9 billion- almost twice as much as those pension payments that are getting so much attention from the Mayor and the media.

“Chicago’s current fiscal problems boil down to the fact that Mayor Emanuel refuses to pass equitable structural reforms, that force Wall Street and LaSalle Street to pay their fair share,” stated Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative, following the Chicago City Council meeting. “We need greater budget leadership out of the City Council. There are numerous solutions to this financial mess that don’t involve squeezing more money out of the neighborhoods and families least able to pay – we need to sue the banks, end the clout deals that allow downtown corporations to cheat the city out of millions in taxes, and a property tax increase with protections for working families.”


CONSUMER ALERT! Madigan: Beware of Credit Card Scams During Transition to Chip Cards

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Attorney General Warns of Potential Scammers Posing as Debit, Credit Card Issuers to Con Targets into Divulging Personal Information

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged Illinois residents to be on the lookout for calls or emails from individuals posing as debit or credit card issuers in an attempt to con consumers into providing personal information, which can lead to scammers making purchases on consumer’s cards or a larger identity theft scam.

Banks and major credit card issuers nationwide have been sending out new credit and debit chip cards that feature a small computer chip on the front that will help limit fraud and theft. The chip contains cardholder data and creates a unique code for each purchase. The new cards also still contain the magnetic strip, so that consumers can still use their credit cards to make purchases by swiping the card when the seller does not have chip readers in place. Madigan’s office says the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reporting instances of scammers taking advantage of the transition from the old cards to the chip cards to steal consumers’ personal information.

Scammers target consumers who have not yet received the new chip cards by contacting them via telephone or email claiming to represent banks and credit card lenders. The scammers tell consumers they must first confirm or update their accounts by providing personal information before they can receive a new chip card. Scammers are then able to steal consumers’ identities, monitor their online activity, and install malware on electronic devices.

“A bank or credit card lender will never contact you to request your personal information before sending you a new card,” Madigan said. “If you have questions about your account or your card, you should contact your bank directly.”

Madigan said Illinois residents can try to avoid being targets of this scam by contacting their financial institutions if they have not received new chip cards. Madigan also urged consumers who receive calls or emails from supposed banks or credit card lenders to hang up or delete the email, and report the contact to her


Consumer Fraud Bureau.
Chicago: 1-800-386-5438
Springfield: 1-800-243-0618
Carbondale: 1-800-243-0607


New Book Addresses Systemic Myths About Africans That are Wrongly Perceived as Facts

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Living in the Shadows of Love and Happiness By HDS

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Living in the Shadows of Love and Happiness by author HDS challenges all European nations to fully accept the responsibility for centuries of oppression and persecution against Africans, and the internecine invasions into the Motherland, the Diaspora, and beyond.


The 274-page book has been an “Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week”, and inside author HDS asks innumerable questions such as, “Where do you stand? Because… Black Lives Matter!” The book also reminds readers that “it is your skin color that is profiled and not your intellect or profession.”


HDS comments, “Living in the Shadows of Love and Happiness is inspiring, factual, enlightening, and educational. It’s a must-read for all ages of people of African descent from the Motherland, the Diaspora, and beyond into eternity.”


He continues, “Our boys will grow up to become young men and our girls will grow up to become young women. They should evolve to become Kings and Queens and their children born as princes and princesses all in a world that reviles them and envies their right to existence, with disdain. Woe to those who are in denial; we have something for them to reckon with, and try with all their might to ‘indoctrinate or destroy’ only to fail, wholesale. Please read this story to find out where you stand.”

About the Book:
Living In The Shadows Of Love And Happiness
by HDS
ISBN: 9781478749905
274 pages
Publisher: SASCO Inc Books
On sale now for $9.95 (includes FREE shipping in the USA)
Available for purchase at www.sascoincbooks.com

About the Author:
HDS is an African American father, husband, serial entrepreneur, and HBCU college graduate. He donates and shares a percentage of all his book sales with community-based outreach efforts.

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Coalition for Justice in Palestine Picket Jewish National Fund Conference

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago and Coalition for Justice in Palestine Picket Jewish National Fund Conference

JNF separate, unequal policies a root cause of escalating violence against Palestinians.

They will picket the conference on Sunday, October 25, 2015:

  • 12:00 pm: Participants gather on Southeast corner Michigan and  Randolph
  • 12:45 pm: March to Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus
  • 1:15 pm: Speaking program outside Fairmont Hotel

Chicago-area members of Jewish Voice for Peace, a national human rights organization advocating for justice and equality for Palestinians; and the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, which represents all major Chicago Palestinian, Arab and Muslim organizations advocating for Palestinian human rights; will protest the Jewish National Fund’s Annual Conference at Chicago’s Fairmont Hotel.

  • Speakers: Ex- JNF D.C. board member/current JVP National Board member Seth Morrison; Young Chicago-area American Jews; U.S. Palestinian Community Network; other Palestinians
  • 200 Chicago-area American Jews and Palestinians and partners
  • Signs including:  “JNF: Ethnic Cleansing is Not a Jewish Value,” “Time for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” and “End the Occupation”
  • Giant mock JNF Tzedakah (charity) box reading “Land Theft is Not Tzedakah”

The Jewish National Fund is deeply complicit in the ongoing dispossession of Palestinian land, the destruction of Palestinian homes and the theft of Palestinian resources that has continued unabated since 1948. These practices are among the root causes of the anger fueling the escalating violence in the region today.

JVP-Chicago is calling on fellow American Jews to disassociate themselves from the separate and unequal policies toward Palestinians the JNF implements in our name. We are uniting in this action with all major Palestinian organizations in the Chicago-area (Coalition for Justice in Palestine) to also condemn today’s Israeli state and settler violence against Palestinians, which has led to the killing of close to 50 Palestinians, and the injuring of over 2,000, since October 1.

The JNF racially segregates the 13% of Israeli public land it controls in “Israel Proper,” prohibiting its use by Palestinians. JNF asserts it “does not have a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of the state.” JNF’s control of 10 of 22 seats on the Israel Land Council, governing the Israel Land Authority, empowers it to pursue its discriminatory ideology throughout 93% of land within the Green Line.  JNF collaborates with the Israeli government to replace Palestinian communities it destroys with Jewish-only settlements or manicured forests that erase any trace of Palestinian presence, including the Ambassador Forest planned to replace the village of al-Arakib within Israel’s Green Line (1948 Palestine).

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Jewish Voice for Peace has over 200,000 online supporters, over 65 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists. The Coalition for Justice in Palestine represents all major Palestinian, Arab and Muslim organizations advocating for Palestinian human rights in Chicago.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1667899630120547/

For updates from the action: follow @ChicagoJVP and #NoJNF on Twitter.


NAACP Statement on Revised EPA Smog Rule

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, DC – The Environmental Protection Agency revised its rule on limits to ground-level ozone – or smog – downward from 75 parts per billion to 70 ppb. This is the first time the standard has been updated since 2008.

In the years since the last update, scientists and advocates have pushed for a limit of 60 ppb. The Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC), EPA’s own independent scientific advisors, recommended that the limit be lowered to between 60 and 70 ppb stating that “it may not meet the statutory requirement to protect public health with an adequate margin of safety.” Although a level of 70 ppb is more protective of public health than the current standard, a limit of 60 ppb would, according to CASAC, provide an adequate margin of safety.

Pulmonologists with the American Lung Association have stated that inhaling smog pollution is “like getting a sunburn on your lungs,” often resulting in immediate breathing trouble. Long term exposure to smog pollution is linked to chronic asthma and other respiratory and lung diseases, reproductive and developmental harm, and even premature death.

From Jacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program:

While we applaud the progress towards a stronger regulation, our children, families, and communities deserve better than a 70 parts per billion standard. As with the other drivers of climate change, smog pollution has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Fossil fuel burning plants and heavy-traffic roadways, key sources of ozone emissions, are often situated near our communities. African American children are twice as likely to die of asthma and three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for an asthma attack while African American adults are more likely to die of lung disease while being less likely to smoke. Therefore, we are disappointed with the failure to even meet the recommendations of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. As they face greater health challenges with less access to adequate healthcare, this will mean setting our young people back in school and it will mean more missed work at lower pay for their parents. We have heard the claim from the National Black Chamber of Commerce that clean air rules will negatively impact our communities economically. But while the NBCC cites a widely-debunked report to substantiate these claims, our communities are facing worsening health outcomes while also experiencing compromised educational achievements for our children and already existing economic challenges for all. And things will only get worse. July of 2015 was the hottest month in recorded history. Rising temperatures lead to higher levels of smog and soot so we can expect a fourfold increase in ozone action days by the end of the century. For the health and wellbeing of our children and communities we insist on stronger protective safeguards.


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