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Archive for December 1st, 2015

Black Church Initiative Calls Donald Trump the Biggest Racist Since Bull Connor

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NAACP President Cornell William Brooks Arrested During Chicago Protest

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CHICAGO, IL  – NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks led members of the Westside and Southside NAACP branches, the Illinois State Conference, members of the Chicago Sinai Congregation and young seminarians in a protest and rally today outside Chicago’s City Hall calling for a wholesale, systemic review of the Chicago Police Department.  President Brooks traveled to Chicago in the wake of the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

President Brooks, along with nine other young members of the clergy were arrested at the conclusion of the protest while kneeling in prayer in the middle of the street.  Despite the arrests, the NAACP will continue to demand justice for Laquan McDonald and an independent review of the shooting.  Officer Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.

President Brooks and the nine other protesters were released shortly after arrest.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Announce Your Resignation!: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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Letters to Editors

From: Frank Chapman, Field Organizer, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

The City said in a news release that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce today the creation of a Task Force on Police Accountability. The news release describes the task force as follows: “Actively engaging a range of community members–including victims’ rights representatives, law enforcement organizations, youth, religious and elected leaders–will be critically important to ensure the recommendations are based on input from all parts of the city.”

We hasten to point out that the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has repeatedly informed Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his cohorts in the City Council that we have an ongoing campaign for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that was initiated in 2012, one month after Officer Dante Servin wantonly murdered Rekia Boyd. The Mayor and all but about dozen City Council members have consistently ignored our demands for community control of the police because they don’t want to pass a city ordinance empowering the people to hold the police accountable.

We have a coalition of more than fifty community based organizations, youth organizations, churches, temples, trade unions and workers organizations standing solidly behind CPAC. We have put thousands of people in the streets demanding CPAC. We have been to the United Nations in 2013 complaining about police crimes here in Chicago and throughout the Nation, and still we have not even heard a whisper from the Mayor and his Council members on the question of holding police accountable for the crimes of murder and torture, until now. Now after he has been forced by court order to expose himself as being complicit in the horrid murder of 17 year old Laquan McDonald, this crooked Mayor is creating a Task Force on Police Accountability?

We say no! We say what Mayor Rahm Emanuel should be announcing is his resignation.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mayor-Emanuel-New-Police-Task-Force-Tuesday-359212521.html#ixzz3t4iJfnmS

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State Senator Collins Calls for Appointment of Special Prosecutor, Accountability for State’s Attorney and Anyone Involved in McDonald Cover-Up

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement calling for a bold, swift response to revelations about the death of Laquan McDonald and the year-long delay in prosecuting Officer Jason Van Dyke:

To be effective, our outrage must be focused, our demands specific and sharp. Charging Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder is not enough. There was a cover-up, and anyone involved in it must be held accountable. If we do not tear down the blue curtain of silence once and for all, Laquan McDonalds will continue to die in our city. We must never forget that the video – and the truth – were not simply handed to us. Instead, they were ripped from reluctant hands by journalists, citizens and the courts.

Policing reform legislation I co-sponsored this year provides a pathway to the appointment of a special prosecutor in cases such as this one. The law takes effect in January, and it must be used to help bring to justice rogue cops and those who cover for them. In the meantime, we need a fresh start. State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez must step down. She has failed in her responsibility to timely, openly prosecute a heinous crime that not only took a life but betrayed the public trust.

I am immensely proud of all who have protested peacefully in Chicago, and on Friday, I was honored to march alongside young people and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement alike on Michigan Avenue. I am more confident than ever that apathy and self-absorption will not succeed in suppressing the human bent toward basic fairness. Not only people of color, but all people who respect justice should be outraged and engaged, and that is the unity I have witnessed since the release of the video last week.

But if these protests do not result in top-to-bottom change, we will be here again – perhaps a month from now, maybe six months or a year from now. Our voices must not die away. We must not stand by while police officers act as judge, jury and executioner on our streets. We will remain united for justice.

Senate Black Caucus Chairman Senator Emil Jones III’s Laquan McDonald Statement

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The Chicago Police Department released a horrifying video of Officer Jason Van Dyke gunning down a 17-year-old African-American boy, firing 16 shoots from 10 feet away. Police union officials initially said Laquan McDonald lunged at them with a knife. The video shows McDonald holding a knife and spinning while walking down the middle of the street.

Senator Emil Jones III, Chairman of the Illinois Senate Black Caucus, released the following statement:

“Again and again, we hear the same narrative of officers who, ‘fear for their lives’ and it’s only another excuse to exterminate our young black men. The most disingenuous part of this reckless use of force is the great lengths that the Chicago Police Department went to cover up its officer’s cold-blooded murder. Four hundred days. It took 400 days and a lawsuit initiated by the media for the video of Laquan McDonald’s execution to be released. For the last 400 days, Chicagoans have been paying for a murderer to be on the city’s payroll. If there was a video of Ray-Ray from the west side killing someone, law enforcement would throw him under the jail. We must hold police officers to a higher moral standard and, after seeing this video, the appropriate action has been taken. Although this action is over a year past due. Someone needs to provide some pretty detailed answers because the chasm of injustice is beyond evident.

Most law enforcement officers aren’t bad apples, but we need to weed out this corruption because it’s making Illinois look less favorable to residents and businesses.

Earlier the year, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus stood with law enforcement leaders while passing comprehensive law enforcement reform to ensure officer safety and community accountability. This new law creates guidelines for police training and body cameras.

I pray for the family in their continuous mourning and hope we can come together as a community to combat social, structural and economic struggle people of color face daily.”

It’s Not Playing the Victim When You Are Attacked

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By Dr. William Spriggs



Last week, the Republican Party had drifted too far into attack mode for the health of American Democracy and the pluralistic society we pride America to be.  America prides itself as a nation that is not based on country of origin, race or religion; but a nation meant to stand for the principles of liberty and justice and for all. The unchecked rhetoric of the Republican-controlled House and the extremes of the Republican presidential candidates are a threat to that consensus; as they seek to redefine the nation in terms of religion, race and country of origin.


First, on the issue of immigration and the acceptance of refugees, the language of the Republican presidential candidates, which had been repugnant in the case of Donald Trump, crossed lines of decency. What happened to the Statue of Liberty and Emma Lazarus’ poem engraved on her tablet, proclaiming:
“From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command…
‘Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips. ‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,…'”


Too many people recoil when reminded of America’s ambivalence to opposition to accepting Jewish refugees in 1938 and 1939 fleeing Nazi Germany. They want to erase the language of the politicians of the day who fomented hatred by fearing that the acceptance of Jewish refugees would welcome Communists and anarchist extremist into America.


So these people don’t like comparisons of Republican rhetoric about Syrian refugees to the Statue of Liberty or 1939. As Thanksgiving approaches, and its historically inaccurate mythology of being tied to the pilgrims and Pequot Nation should be a reminder for the current group screaming the most about accepting refugees to ask Native Americans their thoughts.


And, too many balk at a comparison of Donald Trump’s appalling call to force the registration of Muslims as a comparison to a threat of additional steps reminiscent of America’s own sin of forcing Japanese Americans into camps during World War II. And, of course, those same people bristle at comparisons to Nazi Germany’s registration of Jews.


In his letter from the Birmingham jail, written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the clergy of Birmingham, who objected to his tactics, Dr. King lamented that it is not the hatred of the bigots, but the silence of the supposed friends of liberty and justice that leads to evil winning. The apparent inability of the Republican Party to police itself and censor the fomenting of hatred and division will hurt America. And business interests that believe they can contain and manage the irrational forces of hatred are greatly mistaken. People pushed to being irrational cannot be reasoned back to sanity.


Unfortunately, some Republicans only recognize Trump as a threat because they believe he can’t win a general election. They fail to see the deeper threat the whole party faces by pandering to hatred.


That pandering to hatred took an ugly turn in legislation earlier this week. The Republicans in the House voted unanimously to bar the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) from doing its work to monitor discrimination in auto lending, which hits workers of color, particularly, hard. Unfortunately they were joined by 88 Democrats.


Sub-prime auto loans, those made to people with credit scores below 660, have jumped by $110 billion in the period of March to September of this year. Most of those loans have come from auto finance companies, outside the traditionally better regulated banking and credit union sector. Of course being able to buy a car is vital to workers trying to benefit from the record string of months of job growth America is experiencing. Hobbled by high unemployment and the disproportionate impact of the foreclosure crisis, African American and Latino workers also suffer from damaged credit scores as they look to buy cars and connect to jobs. This has made those communities vulnerable to predatory behaviors by auto finance companies preying on them.


The vote in Congress to strip the CFPB of power to address this growing problem is an attack on the African American and Latino community. It is not playing victim to be appalled by such actions.


But just as hatred against refugees and immigrants only hurts America; so, too, as we saw with predatory lending in housing, does discrimination in finance. Auto loans will not bring down the banking industry as happened in the housing market, but it will bring down the auto sector; one of the few bright spots in the recovery for high wage jobs. The business community will not win, in the end, on this one.
Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

Calling All Black Musicians From the 1930s to the 1970s

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Centennial Celebration To Honor Black Musicians Unions Survivors 

Black Musicians Unions

Kansas City, MO (BlackNews.com) — The Mutual Musicians Foundation International (MMFI) will hold an awards gala for surviving black musicians and performers of the “colored” unions begun by the American Federation of Musicians (AFofM.), June 16-18, 2016.

The foundation is requesting all who may have belonged to a segregated musicians union or were represented by a black organizer of the American Federation of Musicians, to please contact them with their information so that they can arrange for travel to Kansas City in June.

Please send information to: anita@mutualmusicians.org, or call (816) 612-0864 and you will be sent your travel arrangements. The deadline is April 31, 2016.

The Mutual Musicians Foundation, once known as Local 627 or, the colored musicians union, began March 2, 1917 as a charter of the AFofM. This National Historic Landmark located at 1823 Highland since 1930, is considered to be ground zero for what is known as one of the four pillars of the entire creation of jazz in American history.

“We recognize that few people in the world know of the contributions of these segregated unions to art and culture in America and since the desegregation era, many of these great musicians and performers are in their late 70s, 80s, and 90s and dying daily. We want to bring as many as we can find to Kansas City, do oral and video histories and preserve the memory of their talents for generations to come,” said Anita J. Dixon, Executive Director of the MMFI.

For more details about the Mutual Musicians Foundation International (MMFI), visit www.mutualmusiciansfoundation.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MMFInternational/

Chicago Man Charged with Posting Online Threat of Gun Violence at University of Chicago

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CHICAGO, IL —A Chicago man was arrested for allegedly threatening to murder students and staff at the University of Chicago.

JABARI R. DEAN, 21, of Chicago, is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox.

Dean was arrested without incident. In a Thanksgiving weekend posting on a social media website, Dean stated that he would execute approximately sixteen students or staff members on the campus quad of the University of Chicago on Nov. 30, 2015, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Dean also stated in the posting that he would die “killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process,” according to the complaint.

Federal authorities identified Dean and confronted him prior to the 10:00 a.m. deadline referenced in the threat.

The arrest and charge were announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy; and the University of Chicago Police Department.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tobara S. Richardson and Bethany Biesenthal.

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 30, 2015
  • Northern District of Illinois (312) 353-5300

Democrats Make Bid to Take Over Chicago Republican Party

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CHICAGO, IL — Democrats across the city are running for the position of Republican ward committeeman in Chicago in an apparent bid to extend their influence within the party.

In the 23rd ward, which is within Mike Madigan’s state representative district, Robert Handzik has filed as a Republican. Handzik was among those who circulated petitions for Madigan’s fake Republican opponent two years ago. He does not attend county Republican meetings and does not respond to calls or inquiries from the Republican Party.

In the other ward within Madigan’s district, the 13th, an unknown candidate named “Gabriel Trejo” has filed. According to Board of Elections records, Mr. or Ms. Trejo has voted in the Democratic primary in the last four elections and has never voted in a Republican primary.

Of the 25 candidates who have filed as of 12:35 pm, 15 have Democratic voting histories. Nine have voted exclusively in Democratic primaries.

Even among those with recent Republican voting histories, a prior history of Democratic voting is evident.The reason for this burst of activity is two-fold.

First, as one of Pat Quinn’s last acts before leaving office, he and Mike Madigan passed a series of changes to Illinois election law. Among those changes is a new requirement that Republican ward committeeman sign off on election judges in their ward. Prior to the change, election judges could be placed by the Republican County Chairman.

Bruce Rauner used the older law to good effect in the 2014 cycle by funding an effort to put genuine Republican election judges in precincts across the city. The purpose was to control vote fraud in precincts that had previously been controlled exclusively by Democrats. With the new law, Rauner would now need to get the approval of each Republican ward committeeman to place judges in that ward — an impossible task, if the Democrats control the Republican ward commmitteman seat.

The second reason is that in 2014, the Chicago Republican Party ran candidates for office across the city, forcing Democrats to campaign in districts in which they had never had a challenge. The newly-active Republican Party caused Democrats to spend time and money in the city. Democrat-controlled Republican committeemen can impede that effort and even prevent it in some districts.

The Democrat-controlled Chicago Board of Elections recently made the process for Republican candidates in the city more difficult by quadrupling the signature requirements for Republican ward committeeman. While a Republican candidate in the 43rd ward, for example, only needed 99 signatures in the last cycle, the new requirement is 404 signatures. The rule of thumb is that a candidate should double or triple the minimum number, meaning that a simple ward committeeman slot can require 1,000 signatures. It’s much easier for a well-funded Democrat organization to get this number of signatures than a Republican one in the city.

“We’re fed up with Mike Madigan’s interference in our party,” said Chicago Republican Party Chairman Chris Cleveland. “There is no reason for him to do this, except to use election law to prevent Chicago Republicans from running for office, and to allow vote fraud to flourish.”

Republicans are currently contemplating a legal challenge.

Today (11/30/15) is the last day to file for office. More candidates are expected to file throughout the day.

For more information, contact:
Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile

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