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Archive for November 3rd, 2015

Police Torture Survivors Demand All Torture Confession Convictions be Overturned and all Torture Cops be Fired, Prosecuted, and Their Pensions Stripped

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign
www.StopPoliceCrimes.com

 

Police torture survivors demand all torture confession convictions be overturned AND all torture cops be fired, prosecuted, and their pensions stripped.

On Nov 3, 1pm at Cook County Court House an evidentiary hearing on the torture of Anthony Jakes and George Anderson by Chicago police officers is being heard by Judge William Hooks in room 301.

What: Press Conference
When: 12pm Noon, Tuesday November 3, 2015
Where: Cook County Court House 2600 S California Ave, Chicago, IL
Media Staging Area 1st Floor
Who: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression
with Chicago police torture survivors and families

In 1991 both George Anderson and Anthony Jakes were taken to Chicago Police Department’s Area 3 Violent Crime Unit where they were tortured into false confessions and subsequently charged and sentenced to natural life and forty years respectively. The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission (TIRC) ruled that there is credible evidence that both were tortured.

 
No Chicago cop has ever been prosecuted for the police crime of torture, while hundreds of African American and Latino men, convicted on false confessions continue to be tortured–they remain left to die in prison, denied evidentiary hearings. This makes the Mayor’s apology for police torture perversely hypocritical and the Torture Reparations Ordinance seem hollow. The Mayor has admitted that torture occurred yet the bare facts of gross injustice, international human rights abuse and police crimes continue. Torturing cops are rewarded and protected, their legal representation is paid from public funds, they keep their jobs and/or pensions.
Meanwhile all the tortured Black and Brown community members who having lost their freedom continue to suffer the horrendous price for the total lack of a system of police accountability.

 
From Area 2 in the 1970s, Area 3 in the 1990’s to the crimes of torture at Homan Square in 2015 reported in The Guardian, Chicago racist police torture continues with impunity. At the recent August 29 mass march for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, called by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, 3000 people from the across the city marched to demand community control of the Chicago police. They demanded a systemic solution to the systemic norm of police torture and murder where communities are empowered to hold police accountable for their crimes.

 

Police torture survivors will speak to the news media at 12 p.m. inside the court house in the media staging area.

We support the demand of torture survivors and their families for immediate evidentiary hearings for all, including Gerald Reed*, we also demand:

The immediate release of all imprisoned torture victims.
All employed CPD torture cops be fired, prosecuted and stripped of their pensions plus all ex-CPD torture cops be prosecuted and their pensions stripped. As long as the victims of torture are still incarcerated the crime of torture is ongoing and not subject to the statute of limitations Enact CPAC – an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council, for community control of Chicago Police to end the systemic racist norm of Chicago police crimes of torture.
In the case of Anthony Jakes evidence was found confirming that CPD Det. Michael Kill used violence and threats to coerce the then 15 year old into signing a four-page confession-virtually the only evidence used to convict him at trial, where he was prosecuted and sentenced as an adult. Detectives Kill, Kenneth Boudreau, John Halloran, James O’Brien, and Joseph Stehlik were all involved in the torture of George Anderson, the only evidence used to convict Anderson was once again a forced confession. Retired Chicago Police detectives Michael Kill and Kenneth Boudreau are expected to testify at the Nov 3 hearing.
*The torture of Gerald Reed also involved CPD Det. Kill, Reed is fighting for a post conviction hearing after being tortured in 1990 into a false confession and sentenced to natural life. TIRC has ruled that there is credible evidence that Gerald Reed was tortured. Reed will also be in court Nov 3, 10 a.m., room 302.

Community Members March to Ban Petcoke and Clean Up Agri-fine

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More than  18-months have past since Mayor Rahm Emanuel told industry to clean up the practices that pushed harmful petroleum coke (“petcoke”) into surrounding neighborhoods and residents’ lungs–dozens of residents, community groups and elected officials will march, calling for an end to the ongoing industrial pollution in their community. The march will begin with a press event next to the Agri-Fine’s southeast side manufacturing plant, which produces persistent foul odors that plague surrounding neighborhoods. The company is currently being sued by the Attorney General/ State of Illinois for violating environmental regulation. From there, the march will proceed to KCBX’s North Terminal petcoke storage site, also currently being sued for air contamination, for a rally. The community is marching from one polluter to another and demanding that human rights come before commerce laws.


The march will take place on
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 4:30 PM Central Time, outside of Agri-Fine facility, 2701 E 100th Street, Chicago, IL 60617

SPEAKERS:

·       The Honorable Susan Sadlowski Garza, Alderwoman, Chicago’s 10th Ward

·       Anna Johnson, Local Resident, Manor neighborhood

·       Mike Oganavich, Local Resident, Veteran’s Park neighborhood

·       Romona Cetnar, RN, 10th Ward Resident, National Nurses United

·       Bob Wisz Businessman Hegewisch neighborhood

·       Bryant Williams President Southeast Environmental Task Force

·       Bryant Williams,  President Southeast Environmental Task Force

·       Samuel Corona ,  Rise In Social Equality

·       Cheryl Johnson,  People for Community Recovery

·       Kate Koval,  Southeastside Coalition to Ban Pet Coke

President Obama: It’s Time To Reform our Criminal Justice System

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President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address on the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President spoke to the need for meaningful criminal justice reform in America.  America faces a cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  The President believes that we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, and make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer, and more effective.  That’s why in recent weeks, he has been traveling the country and meeting with Americans who are working to improve the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance.  And on Monday, the President will travel to Newark, New Jersey to highlight efforts to help Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rejoin their communities.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, October 31, 2015.

Hi, everybody.  Today, there are 2.2 million people behind bars in America and millions more on parole or probation.  Every year, we spend $80 billion in taxpayer dollars to keep people incarcerated.  Many are non-violent offenders serving unnecessarily long sentences.

I believe we can disrupt the pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails.  I believe we can address the disparities in the application of criminal justice, from arrest rates to sentencing to incarceration.  And I believe we can help those who have served their time and earned a second chance get the support they need to become productive members of society.

That’s why over the course of this year, I’ve been talking to folks around the country about reforming our criminal justice system to make it smarter, fairer, and more effective.

In February, I sat down in the Oval Office with police officers from around the country.  In the spring, I met with police officers and young people in Camden, New Jersey, where they’re using community policing and data to drive down crime.  Over the summer, I visited a prison in Oklahoma to talk with inmates and corrections officers about rehabilitating prisoners, and preventing more people from ending up there in the first place.  Two weeks ago, I visited West Virginia to meet with families battling prescription drug and heroin abuse, as well as people who are working on new solutions for treatment and rehabilitation.  Last week, I traveled to Chicago to thank police chiefs from across the country for all that their officers do to protect Americans, to make sure they’ve got the resources to get the job done, and to call for commonsense gun safety reforms that would make officers and their communities safer.

And we know that having millions of people in the criminal justice system, without any ability to find a job after release, is unsustainable.  It’s bad for communities and it’s bad for our economy.

So on Monday, I’ll travel to Newark, New Jersey to highlight efforts to help Americans who’ve paid their debt to society reintegrate back into their communities.  Everyone has a role to play, from businesses that are hiring ex-offenders to philanthropies that are supporting education and training programs.  And I’ll keep working with people in both parties to get criminal justice reform bills to my desk, including a bipartisan bill that would reduce mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders and reward prisoners with shorter sentences if they complete programs that make them less likely to commit a repeat offense.

There’s a reason that good people across the country are coming together to reform our criminal justice system.  Because it’s not about politics.  It’s about whether we as a nation live up to our founding ideal of liberty and justice for all.  And working together, we can make sure that we do.

NAACP Encourages Americans to Obtain Health Insurance as Third Open Enrollment Under the ACA Starts

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BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP is encouraging individuals and families who have not previously obtained health insurance to obtain insurance through their state’s marketplace as open enrollment starts November 1.  This will mark the beginning of the third open enrollment period for health insurance coverage across the U.S. since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition to supporting insurance enrollment efforts nationwide, the NAACP will focus on connecting people to care.

To date, more than 17 million people who were previously uninsured have obtained health insurance coverage through their state’s marketplace, including 2.6 million African Americans, 4 million Latinos and 7.4 million Whites.  Most of these individuals have benefited from three key provisions of the ACA:  the expansion of Medicaid, the ability of young people to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, and the availability of more affordable insurance plans through the state marketplaces.

“From annual flu shots to regular mammograms, preventative health care is one of the most important steps we can take to maintain good health,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “To date, the ACA has provided millions of Americans with the opportunity to receive quality, comprehensive healthcare  coverage for themselves and their families.  With about half of adults living with at least one chronic disease and our population growing older each year, access to health insurance is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”

From November 1 through January 31, 2016, individuals and families will be able to obtain coverage through their state’s health insurance marketplace. According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 10.5 million uninsured Americans are eligible to get insurance through the marketplace this enrollment period; of these, 14 percent are African American and 19 percent are Hispanic.  Those who currently have coverage through their state’s marketplace can re-enroll or change their plan for 2016 based on their needs.

“Beyond being able to pay for healthcare, the NAACP is committed to helping all Americans obtain access to the vital health care services they need,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. “In particular, African Americans and other people of color need to understand the value of timely, preventive health care for overall health and well-being.”

For more information, the NAACP encourages Americans who currently do not have insurance and those who are currently insured through their state’s marketplace to visit www.HealthCare.gov. They can also visit www.NAACP.org to learn more about the NAACP’s outreach efforts in communities around the country.

Tom Joyner Foundation Announces Full Ride Scholarship Program for Graduating High School Seniors; Now Accepting Applications

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One student will win a scholarship to cover all expenses as an HBCU of their choice, joining an impressive group of previous Full Ride Scholars
Tom Joyner Foundation

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — The Tom Joyner Foundation® announced the Full Ride scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2016.The cost of a college education isnt getting any cheaper, said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. So, I want to help a graduating high school senior with a chance to attend a black college to pursue their dreams.

Past Full Ride Scholars have impressive backgrounds, including last years winner, JoAnna Jones from Ashville, North Carolinas Buncombe County Early College High Show who is attending Winston-Salem State University where she is pursuing a degree in nursing. Other winners are Titus Zeigler, who was a top student at Atlantas Henry W. Grady High School. The future trauma surgeon was a member of the Junior ROTC program, tutored kids at a local middle school and volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank.

Blaine Robertson of Reserve, La. graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. in mathematics, a B.A. in history with a minor in secondary education. Britney Wilson, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who graduated from Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Wilson, who recently passed the New York Bar exam, is participating in the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship where shes working with the American Civil Liberties Unions Racial Justice Program litigation team. Another one of our Full Ride Scholars Cheyenne Boyce graduated from Spelman College, where she was an international relations major who is fluent in Japanese. She spent the past year working as a Fulbright Fellowship English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Malaysia.

Students will receive full tuition and stipends for up to 10 semesters to cover on-campus room and board and books. Students must meet the required academic standards each semester to renew the funds each year. Graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship by going to the Tom Joyner Foundation website -www.tomjoynerfoundation.org – to complete the application.

Students must have their schools mail their transcripts and recommendations to the Foundation at P.O. Box 630495, Irving, TX 75063-0495.

To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:
* A United States Citizen
* Current high school seniors attending school in the United States (applicant must be anticipating completion of high school degree in the spring of 2016)
* Minimum high school grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 grade scale, excluding home school studies) and Minimum SAT score of 2100 (combined math essay and verbal score) or ACT score of 30.
* Applicants must apply and be accepted to an HBCU by July 1, 2016.
* Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.
The applications must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2016. Interviews will occur in April 2016.

For more information, contact Neil Foote, media relations, Tom Joyner Foundation, neil.foote@tomjoynerfoundation.org, 214-448-3765.

Congressional Black Caucus Recognizes the Installation of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as the First African American Leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement recognizing the installation of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as the first African American to lead the U.S. Episcopal Church.

“The Congressional Black Caucus commends Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on becoming the twenty-seventh Presiding Bishop, Primate, and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, which is the nation’s 14th largest denomination.  Presiding Bishop Curry becomes the first African American to hold the position, in what has been marked as a historic and momentous occasion for the nearly two million parishioners around the country.

“Previously the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of my home state of North Carolina and Bishop of Duke Chapel at Duke University, Presiding Bishop Curry was elected and overwhelmingly confirmed during the church’s 78th General Convention, formally taking office on November 1, 2015, to serve a term of nine years.

“Presiding Bishop Curry has remained steadfast in his faith throughout the course of his priesthood and has long served as a pillar within the Episcopal community.  Members of the CBC congratulate Presiding Bishop Curry and his family, and we pray that God continues to bless him in his faith and service to the ministry.”

Newly Formed Organization Launches 2016 Voter Protection Initiative

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Long time voting rights advocate Barbara Arnwine has joined forces with voting rights and justice colleagues to form the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC).

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, TJC will host a kick-off event honoring Congressman John Conyers, Jr. and celebrating Ms. Arnwine’s 40 years of justice advocacy.
The 5:00.p.m.-7:00 p.m. reception, at the Sphinx Club on Franklin Square, 1315 K Street, NW, Washington, DC will serve both as a fundraising launch for TJC and an Election Day kick-off of TJC’s 2016 Voting Rights and Election Protection Initiative. The event will be hosted by reality star and civil rights activist, the Rev. Omarosa Manigault.

“Congressman John Conyers and Barbara Arnwine have been unwavering advocates for the right to vote and making it easier for all Americans to register and vote,” noted TJC Board Chair Brenda Harding. “The 2016 elections will be about what kind of future we envision for our nation. Our commitment is to push back on efforts to turn back the clock on voting rights, put an end to our voracious appetite for incarceration, and end police misconduct.”

“As I have travelled the country talking with indigenous communities, African Americans, women, Latinos, Asian Americans, people with disabilities and others who have been marginalized on our society, it has become clear to me that if we are to achieve that more perfect union, where all individuals are valued and offered the opportunity to live up to our full potential, we need more than reform we need transformative change,” said Barbara Arnwine, TJC founder and President.

Congressman John Conyers has been a leading voice in Congress on ensure the right to vote and expanding the franchise. Mr. Conyers introduced or co-sponsored several measures that will restore the vitality and effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act including the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act, which would make comprehensive improvements to the Voting Rights Act, the Democracy Restoration Act, which creates a national standard for the restoration of voting rights for ex-offenders and the Voter Empowerment Act, which modernizes our voting system by mandating the implementation of national standards for early voting, online registration and voting technology.

Ms. Arnwine a Duke University Law School graduate served for 26 years as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and currently host the weekly talk show, Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine Radio Show on Radio One and teaches at Columbia University.

The Transformative Justice Coalition is a new network of organizations and individuals working on issues such as protecting voting rights, encouraging broader civic engagement, promoting dramatic policing reform, ending mass incarceration and advancing public awareness through strategic communications. Our efforts support the development of a new generation of racial justice and social justice leaders, promote African American women in law, inspire action to achieve racial equity in sports and facilitate international human rights.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRENDA HARDING, ESQ., CHAIR
BARBARA ARNWINE, ESQ., PRESIDENT
JOEL SEGAL, ESQ.
JUDITH ANN ABRAMS
BRIAN MCCOY
LUKE HARRIS, ESQ. PH.D.
PLANNING COMMITTEE
YOLANDA COLY, CO-CHAIR
JOEL SEGAL, CO-CHAIR
JUSTINE ARNWINE
CAROLINE ASHE
MELANIE CAMPBELL
HAZEL TRICE EDNEY
DIJON KRAUS
BRIAN MCCOY
EBONNE RICE
H. ALEXANDER SATORIE-ROBINSON
REV. LENNOX YEARWOOD

Kemper Companies Sue to Block Audit to Confirm Payment of Life Insurance Policies

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Audits of Other Life Insurance Companies Identified More Than $195 Million Owed to Grieving Families

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Three Kemper insurance companies sued State Treasurer Michael Frerichs to block an audit that would identify life insurance policies belonging to people who have died but the benefits have not been paid to their loved ones.

Since 2013, most insurance companies under audit by Illinois have complied with requests to review records. The audits have identified more than $195 million in previously unpaid life insurance benefits and annuities. The insurance companies and Frerichs’ office are working together to contact beneficiaries so they can receive the money and fulfill the wishes of the deceased.

“We made a simple request to audit these companies to determine whether they are holding onto unpaid death benefits. I can only guess as to why their lawyers responded with a lawsuit rather than work with us to help those who have suffered a death in their family,” Frerichs said.

According to the lawsuit, Kemper contends the three companies are not required to provide the Treasurer access to their records so that previously unpaid benefits can be identified. Further, Kemper contends it is under no obligation to consider death benefits as unclaimed unless it has either received a payment request and proof of death from a beneficiary; or the insured, if still living, would be at least 99 years old. This would allow Kemper to disregard compelling evidence that an individual has been dead for decades.

United Insurance Company of America in Illinois, Reserve National Insurance Company in Oklahoma and The Reliable Life Insurance Company of Missouri each are part of the Kemper family of companies. Collectively, the companies filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County, case no. 2015MR998.

Part of the Treasurer’s role is to return unclaimed property to the rightful owner or heir. This includes life insurance proceeds as well as lost bank accounts and forgotten stock investments. Items typically are surrendered if they remain unpaid for at least five years and the company is unable to locate the owners. The Treasurer’s Office is required by law to hold that money for the beneficiaries forever. Some companies try to avoid handing over unclaimed property so they can profit from someone else’s property.

Not only does allowing decades to pass following a death needlessly harm the policyholder’s beneficiaries or heirs, but it also drastically reduces the possibility of finding those beneficiaries.

The lawsuit stems from Frerichs’ request to review Kemper’s policy records. Kemper acknowledges in the lawsuit that 22 other insurance companies have opened their books to be audited by a third-party on behalf of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office. This represents the majority of the market.

The three companies claim 160,000 active life insurance policies in Illinois. Frerichs has requested Attorney General Lisa Madigan to represent the state’s interests in the Kemper lawsuit.

About the Illinois Treasurer

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

President Obama Signs Budget Act of 2015

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Remarks by President Barack Obama at Signing of the Budget Act of 2015

Oval Office

 

President Barack Obama:  Well, last week, Democrats and Republicans came together to set up a responsible, long-term budget process, and what we now see is a budget that reflects our values, that grows our economy, creates jobs, keeps America safe.

It’s going to strengthen the middle class by investing in critical areas like education and job training and basic research.  It keeps us safe by investing in our national security and making sure that our troops get what they need in order to keep us safe and perform all the outstanding duties that they do around the world.  It protects our seniors by avoiding harmful cuts to Medicare and Social Security.  And it’s paid for in a responsible, balanced way — in part, for example, by making sure that large hedge funds and private equity firms pay what they owe in taxes just like everybody else.

And by locking in two years of funding, it should finally free us from the cycle of shutdown threats and last-minute fixes. It allows us to, therefore, plan for the future.

So I very much appreciate the work that the Democratic and Republican leaders did to get this to my desk.  I think it is a signal of how Washington should work.  And my hope is now that they build on this agreement with spending bills that also invest in America’s priorities without getting sidetracked by a whole bunch of ideological issues that have nothing to do with our budget.

So this is just the first step between now and the middle of December, before the Christmas break.  The appropriators are going to have to do their job; they’re going to have to come up with spending bills.  But this provides them the guidepost and the baseline with which to do that.  And I’m confident that they can get it done on time.  And there’s no better Christmas present for the American people because this will allow the kind of stability and will allow the economy to grow.  At a time when you’ve got great weakness in economies around the world, this puts us on a responsible path and it makes sure that the American people are the beneficiaries.

So I very much appreciate the work.  Let’s keep it going.  With that I’m going to sign it.

And I want to thank, in particular, the staffs of both Democratic and Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate because they worked overtime to get this done.  I want to thank my own staff — in particular, Katie Fallon and Brian Deese, who are standing in the back.  They gave up a bunch of lost weekends to make this happen, but they did an outstanding job.  And we’re very proud of them.

Thank you very much, everybody.

Funeral Services for Lorraine Jakes, the Mother of Rev. Paul Jakes, Set For Friday Nov. 6. 2015

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“She was a praying woman”
Chinta Strausberg's photo.

By Chinta Strausberg

Visitation services for Lorraine Jakes the mother of Rev. Paul Jakes, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015, at the New Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, 531 North Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60612, headed by her son.

The wake will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, November 7, 2015 followed by the funeral services at the St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church 2901 West Monroe, Chicago, Il 60612.

Mrs. Jakes made her transition 11:35 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Mercy Hospital at the age of 81.

Born in Chicago to the parents of Hollis and Lovie Boggus on September 1, 1934, the mother of two, was a retired pre-school Chicago schoolteacher. On June 16, 1957, she parried the “love of her life,” Paul L. Jakes, who nicknamed his wife “Sweet Lorraine.
Educated in Chicago Public Schools, Mrs. Jakes attended the Gladstone Elementary and McKinley High Schools. During her senior year of high school, she participated in the student work-study program where she was employed at Carson Pirie Scott & Company in the Loop. After high school, she attended the Herzl Junior College. She went on to attend the Loop Junior College and Malcolm X College focusing on early childhood development.

After college, she ultimately became the lead teacher at the Marillac House, the Beacon House, the Jessie Thomas Daycare Center, Church of God Daycare and the Montessori Daycare.

Ending a 25-year career in early childhood development, Mrs. Jakes went back to school along with her husband to study Christian education and graduated with a certificate of studies in Christian Education from the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Jakes played in the Baptist church for nearly 70-years.

According to her son, Mrs. Jakes gave her life to Christ when she was just 12-years-old and began playing for Mount Union Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. C.W. Jones, at the age of 14. She played the piano at New Tabernacle of Faith for 48-years. The National Baptist Convention honored Mrs. Jakes for her longevity in the musical field.

Reflecting on his mother, Rev. Jakes said, “Mama played for some recording artists like Mahalia Jackson and Elder James Lennox. She made her first record at Rev. Mootry’s church, Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Jakes often shared her musical talents by also playing for church worship services, district associations, the Westside Minister’s Conference and the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education where she played before an audience of more than 50,000 people. She also played for the evening radio broadcasts of the mount Carmel Baptist Church.

“My fondest memory of my mom was running in our backyard. I was 17, and I challenged her to a race, and she beat me,” mused Jakes.

His brother, Rev. Martin Jakes, pastor of the Light of the World Church International located in Atlanta, also shared his best memories of his mother. “She was a praying woman.

“Before Paul and I were born, my mother asked the Lord, “If you give me sons, I will give them back to you. She always prayed for her boys. She would call me and say, “Martin I’m praying for you.” She had a prophetic spirit on her,” said Rev. Martin Jakes.

But there was a lighter side to their mother. Rev. Martin Jakes took another trip down memory lane and said, “My mother loved to play with us when we were young. She would run round the house and chase after us. She loved to kiss on us all the time. I have a lot of deep memories.

“My mother was directly responsible for me taking music lessons. She prayed a prayer over me to take music lessons,” said Rev. Martin Jakes. “My mother’s prayer room would be in her favorite chair. There were times I would hear her praying when I was upstairs playing and that continued all the way until her death.

Rev. Paul Jakes added, “Mama would pray all the way from home to church.” His brother added, “She was a praying woman.”

Mrs. Jakes leaves to mourn two sons, Rev. Paul Jakes and Rev. Martin Jakes, and a number of friends and relatives.
Photo: Lorraine Jakes

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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