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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Announces Investigation into Chicago Police Department

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:

Good morning and thank you all for being here.  I am joined today by Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, and Zachary Fardon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

The Department of Justice is committed to upholding the highest standards of law enforcement throughout the United States.  Every American expects and deserves the protection of law enforcement that is effective, responsive, respectful and most importantly, constitutional  – and each day, thanks to the tireless dedication of men and women who wear the badge, citizens from coast to coast receive just that.  But when community members feel they are not receiving that kind of policing – when they feel ignored, let down or mistreated by public safety officials – there are profound consequences for the well-being of their communities, for the rule of law and for the countless law enforcement officers who strive to fulfill their duties with professionalism and integrity.

Today, I am announcing that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into whether the Chicago Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of violations of the Constitution or federal law.  Specifically, we will examine a number of issues related to the CPD’s use of force, including its use of deadly force; racial, ethnic and other disparities in its use of force; and its accountability mechanisms, such as its disciplinary actions and its handling of allegations of misconduct.  This investigation has been requested by a number of state and local officials and community leaders and has been opened only after a preliminary review and careful consideration of how the Justice Department can best use our tools and resources to meet Chicago’s needs.

In the coming months, the investigation will be conducted by experienced career attorneys from the Civil Rights Division with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.  They will conduct a thorough, impartial and independent review of the allegations.  The team will meet with a broad cross-section of community members, city officials and law enforcement command staff and officers to explain our process and to hear from anyone who wishes to share information relevant to the investigation.  We will examine, with our experts, policies, practices and data.  And at the end of our investigation, we will issue a report of our findings.  If we discover unconstitutional patterns or practices, the Department of Justice will announce them publicly, seek a court-enforceable agreement with the Chicago Police Department and work with the city to implement appropriate reforms.

Our goal in this investigation – as in all of our pattern-or-practice investigations – is not to focus on individuals, but to improve systems; to ensure that officers are being provided with the tools they need – including training, policy guidance and equipment – to be more effective, to partner with civilians and to strengthen public safety.  We understand that the same systems that fail community members also fail conscientious officers by creating mistrust between law enforcement and the citizens they are sworn to serve and protect.  This mistrust from members of the community makes it more difficult to gain help with investigations, to encourage victims and witnesses of crimes to speak up, and to fulfill the most basic responsibilities of public safety officials.  And when suspicion and hostility is allowed to fester, it can erupt into unrest.

Building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve is one of my highest priorities as Attorney General.  The Department of Justice intends to do everything we can to foster those bonds and create safer and fairer communities across the country.  And regardless of the findings in this investigation, we will seek to work with local officials, residents and law enforcement officers alike to ensure that the people of Chicago have the world-class police department they deserve.


President Obama’s Address to the Nation On “The Broader Threat of Terrorism, and How We Can Keep Our Country Safe…”

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A Strategy to Destroy ISIL


Oval Office
President Barack Obama:

Good evening.  On Wednesday, 14 Americans were killed as they came together to celebrate the holidays.  They were taken from family and friends who loved them deeply. They were white and black; Latino and Asian; immigrants and American-born; moms and dads; daughters and sons.  Each of them served their fellow citizens and all of them were part of our American family.

Tonight, I want to talk with you about this tragedy, the broader threat of terrorism, and how we can keep our country safe.

The FBI is still gathering the facts about what happened in San Bernardino, but here is what we know.  The victims were brutally murdered and injured by one of their coworkers and his wife.  So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home.  But it is clear that the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization, embracing a perverted interpretation of Islam that calls for war against America and the West.  They had stockpiled assault weapons, ammunition, and pipe bombs.  So this was an act of terrorism, designed to kill innocent people.

Our nation has been at war with terrorists since al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.  In the process, we’ve hardened our defenses — from airports to financial centers, to other critical infrastructure.  Intelligence and law enforcement agencies have disrupted countless plots here and overseas, and worked around the clock to keep us safe.  Our military and counterterrorism professionals have relentlessly pursued terrorist networks overseas — disrupting safe havens in several different countries, killing Osama bin Laden, and decimating al Qaeda’s leadership.

Over the last few years, however, the terrorist threat has evolved into a new phase.  As we’ve become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turned to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings that are all too common in our society.  It is this type of attack that we saw at Fort Hood in 2009; in Chattanooga earlier this year; and now in San Bernardino.  And as groups like ISIL grew stronger amidst the chaos of war in Iraq and then Syria, and as the Internet erases the distance between countries, we see growing efforts by terrorists to poison the minds of people like the Boston Marathon bombers and the San Bernardino killers.

For seven years, I’ve confronted this evolving threat each morning in my intelligence briefing.  And since the day I took this office, I’ve authorized U.S. forces to take out terrorists abroad precisely because I know how real the danger is.  As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than the security of the American people.  As a father to two young daughters who are the most precious part of my life, I know that we see ourselves with friends and coworkers at a holiday party like the one in San Bernardino.  I know we see our kids in the faces of the young people killed in Paris.  And I know that after so much war, many Americans are asking whether we are confronted by a cancer that has no immediate cure.

Well, here’s what I want you to know:  The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it.  We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us.  Our success won’t depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values, or giving into fear.  That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for.  Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless, and by drawing upon every aspect of American power.

Here’s how.  First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary.  In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure.  And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions to our military campaign, which will help us accelerate our effort to destroy ISIL.

Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens.  In both countries, we’re deploying Special Operations Forces who can accelerate that offensive.  We’ve stepped up this effort since the attacks in Paris, and we’ll continue to invest more in approaches that are working on the ground.

Third, we’re working with friends and allies to stop ISIL’s operations — to disrupt plots, cut off their financing, and prevent them from recruiting more fighters.  Since the attacks in Paris, we’ve surged intelligence-sharing with our European allies.  We’re working with Turkey to seal its border with Syria. And we are cooperating with Muslim-majority countries — and with our Muslim communities here at home — to counter the vicious ideology that ISIL promotes online.

Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process — and timeline — to pursue ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war. Doing so will allow the Syrian people and every country, including our allies, but also countries like Russia, to focus on the common goal of destroying ISIL — a group that threatens us all.

This is our strategy to destroy ISIL.  It is designed and supported by our military commanders and counterterrorism experts, together with 65 countries that have joined an American-led coalition.  And we constantly examine our strategy to determine when additional steps are needed to get the job done. That’s why I’ve ordered the Departments of State and Homeland Security to review the visa *Waiver program under which the female terrorist in San Bernardino originally came to this country.  And that’s why I will urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.

Now, here at home, we have to work together to address the challenge.  There are several steps that Congress should take right away.

To begin with, Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun.  What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?  This is a matter of national security.

We also need to make it harder for people to buy powerful assault weapons like the ones that were used in San Bernardino.  I know there are some who reject any gun safety measures.  But the fact is that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies — no matter how effective they are — cannot identify every would-be mass shooter, whether that individual is motivated by ISIL or some other hateful ideology.  What we can do — and must do — is make it harder for them to kill.

Next, we should put in place stronger screening for those who come to America without a visa so that we can take a hard look at whether they’ve traveled to warzones.  And we’re working with members of both parties in Congress to do exactly that.

Finally, if Congress believes, as I do, that we are at war with ISIL, it should go ahead and vote to authorize the continued use of military force against these terrorists.  For over a year, I have ordered our military to take thousands of airstrikes against ISIL targets.  I think it’s time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united, and committed, to this fight.

My fellow Americans, these are the steps that we can take together to defeat the terrorist threat.  Let me now say a word about what we should not do.

We should not be drawn once more into a long and costly ground war in Iraq or Syria.  That’s what groups like ISIL want. They know they can’t defeat us on the battlefield.  ISIL fighters were part of the insurgency that we faced in Iraq.  But they also know that if we occupy foreign lands, they can maintain insurgencies for years, killing thousands of our troops, draining our resources, and using our presence to draw new recruits.

The strategy that we are using now — airstrikes, Special Forces, and working with local forces who are fighting to regain control of their own country — that is how we’ll achieve a more sustainable victory.  And it won’t require us sending a new generation of Americans overseas to fight and die for another decade on foreign soil.

Here’s what else we cannot do.  We cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between America and Islam.  That, too, is what groups like ISIL want.  ISIL does not speak for Islam.  They are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death, and they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world — including millions of patriotic Muslim Americans who reject their hateful ideology. Moreover, the vast majority of terrorist victims around the world are Muslim.  If we’re to succeed in defeating terrorism we must enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.

That does not mean denying the fact that an extremist ideology has spread within some Muslim communities.  This is a real problem that Muslims must confront, without excuse.  Muslim leaders here and around the globe have to continue working with us to decisively and unequivocally reject the hateful ideology that groups like ISIL and al Qaeda promote; to speak out against not just acts of violence, but also those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect, and human dignity.

But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans — of every faith — to reject discrimination.  It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country.  It’s our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim Americans should somehow be treated differently.  Because when we travel down that road, we lose.  That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.  Muslim Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes — and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country.  We have to remember that.

My fellow Americans, I am confident we will succeed in this mission because we are on the right side of history.  We were founded upon a belief in human dignity — that no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or what religion you practice, you are equal in the eyes of God and equal in the eyes of the law.

Even in this political season, even as we properly debate what steps I and future Presidents must take to keep our country safe, let’s make sure we never forget what makes us exceptional. Let’s not forget that freedom is more powerful than fear; that we have always met challenges — whether war or depression, natural disasters or terrorist attacks — by coming together around our common ideals as one nation, as one people.  So long as we stay true to that tradition, I have no doubt America will prevail.

Thank you.  God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

National Urban League, MasterCard Partner to Boost Financial Literacy in Struggling Communities

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NEW YORK – The National Urban League has partnered with MasterCard to promote financial literacy in underserved communities, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial announced today.

“Economic empowerment requires a thorough understanding of financial transactions,” Morial said. Noting that fewer than 50 percent of Black families own their own homes. More than half have no investments and only about a third have savings accounts. “There is a critical need within the African-American community for programs like MasterCard’s that help consumers maximize their money and small business grow. “

The MasterCard “Master Your Card” community empowerment initiative will reinforce existing financial education activities at the National Urban League.

“As a company, we’ve seen first-hand the impact that access to and use of the right tools and services can have in empowering people and bringing them into the financial mainstream,” said Tim Murphy, general counsel and chief franchise officer of MasterCard. “I’m honored to bring the insights and experiences from our global organization to help the National Urban League support consumers’ efforts to live productive, rewarding lives.”

Murphy was recently elected as a National Urban League Trustee.

Since its inception, the Master Your Card program has worked hand-in-hand with community leaders to identify the challenges facing the underserved and to create solutions that enable them to enter the financial mainstream.

The group’s advisory boards collaborated in the development of the MasterCard payroll card standards, a set of minimum requirements ensuring that consumers receive greater insight on how to access their pay through educational resources and increased transparency of any fees.

The National Urban League is a civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. Today, the National Urban League has 94 affiliates serving 300 communities, in 35 states and the District of Columbia, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide. To learn more about the National Urban League, visit www.nul.org and follow us on Twitter @NatUrbanLeague.

MasterCard, www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Participates in Celebration Marking 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will participate in celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. The event will also pay a special tribute to Rosa Parks.

“On December 1, we recognized one of the critical turning points of the Civil Rights Movement: the 60th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks forever changed history when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus in 1955.  The action of one person served as the catalyst for a nation eager to act.  The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which followed, lasted 381 days and resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court ordering Montgomery to integrate its bus system.  It was a moment in history that solidified the power of African Americans to organize and mobilize.

“In light of recent events and the challenges facing the African American community – from excessive police brutality and the shooting of young black men, to persistent poverty that continues to plague our community – the time to act is now and the boycott of 1955 should serve as a reminder to all Americans, particularly African Americans, to be vocal and take a stand on the issues that impact our communities the most.

“Let’s use the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott as a clarion call that our work is not yet done and to reaffirm that the efforts of remarkable individuals like Rosa Parks are not forgotten.”

Should Black Pastors Mix Religion With Politics?

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By Faye Thompson
Donald Trump Meets with Black Pastors

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Donald Trumps clandestine meeting with Black clergy leaves many with one question. Besides all that loving in the room, exactly what transpired behind those closed doors?

Politicians can seduce the best of us as they wine and dine us with words, winks, and nods. The Road to 2016 will be full of flirting, wooing, and back scratching. Its all part of the dating game to further an agenda. Politics and religion will never be a match made in heaven. Politicians know the deal and the clergy do too.

Ask the OJays. A lot of things jump off because of money. In my latest novel, Slippin Sippin Saints (Ultra Pearl Power), I touch upon the influence of the Black church and the power of money. Wealthy businessman Price Alexandra propositions his cash-strapped pastor for a night with the first lady. Thats just the tip of the iceberg.
For better or for worse the church has a tremendous ability to affect change. Like James Wright singing the praises of Patti LaBelles sweet potato pies, a pastors words can easily translate into an endorsement that a politician can take to the bank. Pastors know the power of the black dollar and politicians do too.

A savvy politician pours into demographics that serve him or her best. Sometimes after the election, we learn that it was just a ploy. By no means am I implying that all politicians are wolves in sheeps clothing, or that all pastors are righteous. However, as shepherds of Gods flock, religious leaders and pastors have a responsibility to their congregation.

Effective pastors and politicians exhibit some of the same qualities. And though they make strange bedfellows, its not unusual for politicians to seek counsel from a trusted clergyman. The connection cannot be denied.

As a child, I pledged allegiance to the American flag and one nation under God every day. Then one morning the ceremony stopped. As I matured I realized that we worship differently. There are those who worship animals or inanimate objects. There are those who dont worship or believe in Him at all. Yet, we are all a sum total of our experiences and beliefs. Those experiences and beliefs shape policy, legislation, jobs, housing, healthcare, etc.

In a perfect world, politics and religion mix quite nicely – like sugar and spice. But lets keep it real. We are not there yet. Religion and politics are like oil and vinegar, setting the stage for those Seven Deadly Sins. We need a healthy distance between the two arenas. Separation of church and state encourages accountability and transparency. Unfortunately, it doesnt guarantee it.

The influence of the Black church should not to be taken for granted or viewed lightly. Attention politicians: particularly during an election year pastors can be your closest allies or biggest opponents. Ultimately, however, its up to the voters to decide. God bless America.

Faye Thompson is a best-selling author and retired federal government employee. Her latest book, Slippin Sippin Saints, is available on Amazon.com. Learn more at www.fayethompson.com.

Community Activist and Expert Psychologist to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta to Help Urban Teens Make Better Decisions in Life

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Orrin Hudson and Dr. Erik Fisher

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Winning at both chess and life takes a combination of experience, intelligence and street smarts, a combination that few master. Navigating the chess board and emotional landscape of life can seem almost impossible when people feel outmatched and outwitted. With simple tips and tricks from Orrin and Dr. E., participants will learn new skills to help them feel empowered and more successful in the game of life.
Both Hudson and Dr. Fisher have been featured on national media networks such as, CNN, NBC, FOX, and ABC. In addition, Hudson has been featured on Good Morning America and Dr. E appears monthly on WAGA-TVs Good Day Atlanta.
Here are the details of the event:
WHAT: Get in the Game of Life Free Chess Training & Personal Empowerment Event
WHERE: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7850 Stonecrest Square Lithonia, GA 30038
WHEN: Saturday, December 19th, 2015 1pm 4pm (FREE and open to the public)
WHO: International Chess Champion and Master Motivator Orrin Hudson; and Media Consultant, Psychologist, and Author, Dr. Erik Fisher, aka Dr. E.


Dr. E. will answer these important questions:
* Why do Good, Strong, Right, and Win cripple us?
* Why do victims have the most power?
* Could every emotion possibly have a positive purpose?
* Is it possible for everyone to win?


Orrin Hudson says: “We must give our young people hope.” When they lose hope, we all lose. Many young people do not know what it means to believe in themselves. They have never been taught that they can achieve or succeed. I know firsthand what its like. I am a former gang member from Birminghams housing projects. I shared a small home with six brothers and six sisters. You do the math. I came through! Now, its my turn to help.”

Dr. E. teaches that: Life can happen FOR us, not TO us, and it is critical for kids, teens, and young adults to find ways to empower themselves rather than believing that others control their destiny. The way to our personal empowerment is through understanding that every emotion has a positive purpose. Everyone deserves the opportunity to make their life impactful, and developing better problem solving skills and understanding the emotional world around is a great start.”


About Orrin Hudson
Orrin C. Hudson (the C is for Checkmate!) is the founder of the non-profit Be Someone, Inc., based in Atlanta. Teens learn to reach for a bishop, a knight, or a pawn, instead of a gun, a knife or a drug. Since 2001, Be Someone has used chess to bring 40,000 students the life-affirming message of Peace, Positivity, and Purpose. Hudson wont stop until hes reached at least one million students. Hudson is creating a new currency called KASH (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habits) in order to change lives for the better. Brains before bullets. For more details, visit www.BeSomeone.org


About Dr. E.
Leading Emotional Dynamics expert, Erik Fisher, Ph.D., aka Dr. E., has been changing the lives of children, teens and adults for two decades. As a psychologist, media consultant and author, his unique and creative approach to his work has earned him the respect and accolades of his clientele, his colleagues, and the media. As a resource to the media, he has appeared numerous times on networks such as CNN, HLN, CNN-I, FOX, and NBC, being a part of events that have changed the world, and providing his quickhitting insights and advice on everything from International Traumas to cultural issues, the state of the American family, and bullying. Whether he is discussing the purpose of emotion, the use of dichotomies of Good-Bad, Right Wrong, Strong-Weak, or Win-Lose in our culture, or addressing common roles in life that are played, such as Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer or Instigator, many events in life are able to be understood by most, and giving the power of knowledge to the masses is his goal. From interpersonal and family struggles and bullying to politics, war and terrorism, he is able to offer insight in a manner in which most are able to understand. For more details, visit www.drepresents.com


Photo Caption: Orrin Hudson and Dr. Erik Fisher AKA Dr. E.

Madigan Reacts to United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Decision to Investigate Chicago Police Department Practices

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CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that its Civil Rights Division will launch an investigation to determine whether practices by the Chicago Police Department violate the Constitution and federal law.
Madigan issued the following statement regarding the decision:
“I’m pleased the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has decided to pursue an investigation of the Chicago Police Department. Serious questions about the use of unlawful and excessive force and accountability for misconduct by Chicago police officers can only be answered by independent experts with the power to enforce real changes in police practices. While this process will take time, it’s the best hope we have for a full and fair investigation and the reforms necessary to rebuild trust.”
In a letter last week to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan asked for an investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s use of force, including deadly force; the adequacy of its review and investigation of officers’ use of force and investigation of allegations of misconduct; its provision of training, equipment and supervision of officers to allow them to do their job safely and effectively; and whether there exists a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing.
Madigan had said an investigation by the U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division is necessary and appropriate, given its experience investigating the practices of police departments across the country and based on its experience prosecuting former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. An investigation by the DOJ Civil Rights Division also ensures there is an outside, independent review of CPD practices.

IDOC Captures Dixon Springs IIP Escaped Offenders

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 Two offenders who escaped from the Dixon Springs Impact Incarceration Program are back in custody.  Jerrette Reed and Kevin Rivera were apprehended without incident in a field about one mile west of the facility just before 9:00a.m. Monday morning. They will be escorted back to the facility, fed, and given a medical examination before being transferred to a maximum security prison. 

IDOC staff noticed Reed and Rivera missing at 5:50p.m. Sunday, December 6th.   Reed is serving a three year sentence on meth related charges out of Randolph County.  Rivera is serving a five year sentence for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine out of Cook County. 

The Illinois State Police, the U.S. Marshalls, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the search.  An investigation is underway.  

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to Meet with African-American Religious and Civic Leaders in Baltimore

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Baltimore, Md. – On the heels of the Freddie Gray case, tens of thousands across the nation await the outcome of a trial that could establish a new precedence of justice in America. The case, now underway, could mark an indelible standard with regard to police brutality and systematic racism against African Americans in particular.

With continued daily protests in Black communities such as Ferguson, Missouri and in major cities including New York City, Detroit and Chicago, leaders and citizens alike are calling for an end to racial injustice. Understanding the need for a fundamentally progressive agenda to incite change, Democratic Party presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is calling on Baltimore pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple Church to convene a group of civic and religious leaders to discuss pressing issues directly impacting the African-American community.

WHAT: The Ecumenical Round-Table Discussion is an opportunity for social justice and faith leaders to dialogue with Sen. Sanders and gain understanding of his position on issues pertaining to aggressive policing, mass incarceration, racial profiling, housing, economic development and education. Immediately after the round-table discussion the collective group will take a walking tour of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore. The neighborhood in West Baltimore where Freddie Gray lived, and was arrested is one of West Baltimore’s most blighted and problematic communities in Baltimore.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Round-Table Discussion
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Post Meeting Press Review
10:40 – 11:10 a.m. Walking Tour of Sandtown-Wincheter Neighborhood

WHERE: Freddie Gray Empowerment Center
1505 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

Dr. Bryant is a pastor with a global mission, which is to Empower the World Through the Word. With over twelve thousand members he has the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. denomination. This new millennium minister is an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist; an author, and motivational speaker. www.facebook.com/jamalbryant / twitter.com/jamalhbryant

Harper Introduces First Bill, Moves to Ban Red Light Cameras Statewide

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CHICAGO, IL – In response to reports of the scandal-fraught red light camera system, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D- Chicago, filed her first piece of legislation this week after recently being sworn into office, in hopes of banning red light cameras from operating throughout the state of Illinois.

“While red-light cameras were first promoted as a safe and cost-effective way to reduce collisions at intersections, they have produced more revenues than results,” said Harper. “Hundreds of drivers have falsely been ticketed, and it makes anyone wonder if the lure of funds from fines that are too difficult to protest has become more important than community safety.”

Harper introduced House Bill 4353 to block all local governments from having automated law enforcement systems, commonly called “red-light cameras,” at intersections and schools zones to photograph vehicles to catch violations of a stop, yield, or speed requirement. This measure comes in response to numerous flaws in the systems, including reports of hundreds of tickets issued unfairly when violations were not occurring. Harper is opposing the red-light cameras in response to residents in her district who have raised concerns.

“Studies have shown the ways that red-light cameras increase traffic accidents, not decrease them or make our communities and roads safer,” said Harper. “I did not have a say in installing red-light cameras, and as a new representative, I will voice the concerns of neighbors in my district who want someone to speak out against this unfair and unproductive system. There are better ways to work together to keep families safe.”

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