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Chicagoans Continue to Demand Mayor Emanuel’s Resignation, Start of New Era for Democracy and Justice in Chicago

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Nine days after mass multi-hour protest marched through downtown, Chicagoans will again walk out of work and school and converge on Daley Plaza to demand the resignation of the Mayor and the State’s Attorney.

Calls for an end to the Mayor’s tenure because of the cover-up of the police murder of Laquan McDonald have not and will not be dampened.

In the more than a week since the previous mass walkout to demand the Mayor’s resignation, the Mayor–and the Chicago Police Department for which he is ultimately responsible as the city’s chief executive–continues to operate without transparency or accountability:

·Continued denial of FOIA request for the release of videos of Cedrick Chatman’s shooting by police

·Absence of any Chicago Police Department representative to testify at Tuesday’s Homan Square hearings

·City Hall not only continues to allow Homan Square to operate, they continue to deny illegal activity takes place at Homan Square

·Yet another acquittal in a police misconduct case despite DNA evidence and chronic, brutal history of misconduct on part of police officer Glenn Evans

·No dismissal or indictment for the officers on the scene of McDonald’s murder who lied about what took place that night

·New email evidence of mayor’s underlings obfuscating the circumstances of McDonald’s execution

·Mayor remaining in hiding for past week, attending only non-public events to avoid protesters and the media

The mayor is clearly not serious about reforming his office and the Chicago Police Department and the apartheid system of justice that results in the disproportionate death, torture and abuse of citizens of color.

If he were, he would understand that suppressing the video of the police murder of McDonald to protect his re-election chances is an unforgivable act on the part of an elected official. If he were, he would understand that State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez delay in pursuing justice for McDonald’s death is justice denied.

The city of Chicago has endured decades of autocratic leadership under mayors who ignored the public will and destroyed the public trust with impunity.

Chicagoans will no longer let a mayor paper over his crime with a tear-stained mea culpa. Mayor Rahm Emanuel must step down and be replaced with someone who fully understands that s/he serves at the pleasure of the people. Only the resignation of the mayor can begin to restore the fundamentals of a democratically-controlled government to this city.

WHAT: Second city-wide walkout to call for resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
WHERE: Daley Center Plaza, 50 W Washington St, Chicago IL 60602
WHEN: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 3:16pm
WHO: More than 1000 Chicagoans of every age, race, ethnicity, class and neighborhood

EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/939080906176194/


Nearly Half of Illinois High School Graduates Enrolled in State Community Colleges Require Remediation

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New postsecondary remediation rate data will help ISBE identify additional supports students need before graduation

SPRINGFIELD, IL – New postsecondary remediation data released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) shows that 48.7 percent of Illinois high school graduates who enrolled in Illinois’ community college system after graduation required remediation in at least one subject.

For the first time, the Illinois Report Card now reports the percentage of graduates at the state-, district-, and high school-level who attended an Illinois community college after graduation and were enrolled in remedial courses. Illinois students had the highest remediation rate in math, with 41.1 percent requiring additional preparation in the subject before advancing toward their degree.

“With the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, Illinois is equipped to focus on the question of, How ready are our children for what’s coming next?” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The postsecondary remediation data is an important tool to help us determine how much support our children need when they leave our care.”

Remediation, sometimes called developmental education, is designed to help prepare students who are considered not yet ready for the rigor of entry-level college courses in core academic subjects including reading, math, and science. Community colleges may require students to take remedial courses if they need additional preparation in order to earn credit from college-level studies. These courses trigger tuition costs, but students do not earn college credit.     

“Our state and our families literally cannot afford to invest additional time and money for students to acquire the skills and knowledge they should have received during their preK-12 journey,” Smith said. “We must change that, and our new assessment system will help us better gauge students’ college and career readiness before they advance to the next grade level.”

The 2015 data is based on the graduating Class of 2013 and has been matched with Illinois Community College Board course data. Highlights include:

·         Success in two Illinois school districts that saw at least 33 percent of their students — all of whom were deemed ready for credit-bearing coursework — enroll in the Illinois community college system.

·         Mixed results in districts where at least 12 percent of graduates enrolled in community college: Three districts had no students taking math remediation, while eight had 70 percent or more in math remediation.

·         Challenges in five districts where 80 percent or more of graduates who enrolled in Illinois community colleges required remediation. With at least 12 percent of graduates from these districts enrolling in Illinois community colleges, remediation is an issue for too many Illinois high school graduates.

Remediation Rate for Class of 2013 High School Graduates Who Attended an Illinois Community College



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“Percent in Remediation” is the number of students who took a remedial course divided by graduates who enrolled in an Illinois Community College. ISBE’s remediation data does not include remediation rates for students at four-year colleges in Illinois or students who enrolled in schools outside of Illinois. It also does not reflect the preparation of students who did not continue their education past high school. To protect student privacy, high schools with fewer than 10 students enrolled in an Illinois community college were redacted.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education will soon collect remediation data and work with ISBE to connect this information to high school districts.

For more detailed data, access the “2015 Remediation Report – State, District, School” at www.isbe.net/assessment/report_card.htm.

Presidential Candidate Sanders Receives Endorsement of Communications Workers of America

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of the Communications Workers of America. CWA’s endorsement comes after tens of thousands of members participated in an online vote that lasted six weeks.

“Brothers and sisters, let me thank the 700,000 members of the Communications Workers of America for their strong support,” Sanders said. “For decades you’ve been fighting for the rights of working families and I’m so proud today to be with you in that fight.”

“CWA members endorsed Bernie Sanders because he is the candidate who is talking about real solutions to make our economy fair again. Politics as usual has gotten working people nowhere. It’s time for real change. That’s what CWA members are saying, loud and clear,” CWA President Chris Shelton said. “Our members are ready to do what it takes to elect Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.”

CWA represents 700,000 Americans who work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields. The union has more than 300,000 active and retired members in the states that will hold primaries between now and April 1. In California, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, where CWA has its largest numbers of members, activists are engaged in worksite actions, staffing phone banks and signing up new contributors to CWA’s political program ahead of the 2016 election.

CWA members have played a significant role in driving turnout in past elections. In 2012, tens of thousands of CWA member volunteers worked on national and state campaigns and for critical ballot initiatives. CWA had ground operations in 38 states, and CWA member-activists played a major role in Florida, Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Two Cuban Nationals Indicted for Possession of Stolen Account Numbers and Identity Theft

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A federal grand jury in East St. Louis, IL, returned an indictment charging Eriberto Ricardo Gomez, 41, and Yasmanis L. Oduardo Fonseco, 26, with possession of fifteen or more stolen account numbers and aggravated identity theft, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today. Gomez and Gonseco, who are both originally from the country of Cuba, are currently residing in Houston, Texas.

The stolen account numbers were discovered by an officer of the Caseyville, Illinois, Police Department on October 8, 2015, during a traffic stop on I-70 in Madison County. At that time, Gomez and Gonseco had in their possession 19 prepaid credit cards. The magnetic strips of these prepaid credit cards had been re-encoded with account numbers registered to customers of a financial institution in the state of Pennsylvania,

The charge of possession of 15 or more stolen account numbers is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, which must be served consecutively with any prison sentence imposed for the stolen account number charge.

The investigation is being conducted by the Fairview Heights, Illinois, Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”). The Caseyville and Pontoon Beach Police Departments are assisting in the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Scott A. Verseman.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, that charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney’s Office December 17, 2015
  • Southern District of Illinois (618) 628-3700

So, What Did President Obama and Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Discuss During Their Meeting?

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Readout of the President’s meeting with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

President Barack Obama met with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as part of the Administration’s continuing push to address gun violence in America. The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America. The President also thanked him for his dedication to such an important issue.

Additionally, the President thanked Mayor Bloomberg for his leadership as UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate in helping to achieve the historic climate agreement in Paris on December 12th. The President and Mayor Bloomberg discussed the importance of state and local climate action in implementing the agreement as well as the President’s Climate Action Plan. The President’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was also in attendance.

Source: whitehouse.gov

Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor Announce Selection of Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams

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The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams. These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses.

The six new ACTeams will be based in Cleveland; Minneapolis; Newark, New Jersey; Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California.  Each team will serve under the leadership of the local U.S. Attorney and the highest-ranking federal investigative agents in the regional field offices of the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of Labor.

“Human trafficking robs victims of their liberty, exploits them for labor and for sex, and infringes not only on their rights, but on their essential humanity,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “Through the ACTeam Initiative, we are harnessing resources across the federal government to ensure that our multi-agency fight against human trafficking is as comprehensive and effective as possible.  In the days and months ahead, the Department of Justice will continue to work alongside our federal partners to prosecute wrongdoing, support survivors, and bring this devastating crime to an end.”

“The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) Initiative is an important tool in our collective ability to combat sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude here in the United States,” said Secretary Jeh C. Johnson of Homeland Security.  “It highlights our commitment to increase capacity to rescue victims and bring perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.  Our collective efforts are amplified when we work together in furtherance of shared missions like this.  And, through DHS’s Blue Campaign, we will remain focused on ending human trafficking in the United States.”

“A trafficking victim shouldn’t have to spend time trying to determine whether they have a Department of Labor issue or a Department of Justice issue,” said Secretary Thomas Perez of the Department of Labor.  “Their basic rights are being violated, and we can accomplish so much more to redress those crimes when we work together.  The Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative, by bringing our respective departments’ collective resources and expertise to bear, is helping us build a whole even greater than the sum of our individual parts.”

“Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery that destroys lives and exploits the most vulnerable in our society,” said Director James B. Comey of the FBI.  “These Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams are the most effective way to investigate human trafficking by allowing us to work in a collaborative, victim-oriented manner.”

The new teams were selected by unanimous consensus of the Federal Enforcement Working Group after a rigorous, competitive and nationwide selection process.  The group includes subject matter experts from the Department of Justice (including the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the FBI’s Civil Rights Unit); the Department of Homeland Security (including ICE and Homeland Security Investigations’ Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit); and the Department of Labor (including the Office of the Inspector General and the Wage and Hour Division).

The new ACTeams will collaborate with the human-trafficking subject matter experts in the Federal Enforcement Working Group to implement a strategic action plan in their respective districts.  Over the next two years, teams are expected to develop high-impact federal investigations and prosecutions, dismantle human-trafficking networks, vindicate the rights of human-trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice.

Launched in 2011 by the Attorney General and Secretaries of Labor and Homeland Security, the ACTeam Initiative established six Phase I ACTeams in Atlanta; El Paso, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; and Miami.  In these ACTeam districts, prosecutions of forced labor, international sex trafficking and adult sex trafficking rose even more markedly than they did nationally.  For instance, the number of defendants convicted rose 86 percent in ACTeam districts, compared to 14 percent in non-ACTeam districts, and 26 percent nationwide.  Based on this demonstrated record of success, Attorney General Lynch, Labor Secretary Perez and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson launched Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative earlier this year.  The fight against human trafficking remains a top priority for the three officials and they have committed to collaborating with other governmental and non-governmental partners to continue to enhance their anti-trafficking efforts.

Source: Office of Attorney General

Our Community’s Biggest Challenges Are Neglected When Ideology Prevails

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OpEd By Robert Dale

Chairman, Illinois Black Chamber

Under the leadership of President Obama, the United States has taken unprecedented action to begin addressing climate change – one of the biggest issues facing our time. Through advancements in new technologies, environmental initiatives and cleaner energy resources, our country has already greatly reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Unfortunately, the public debate over the causes and solutions to climate change have become politically polarized, as issues too often do in this country. And unfortunately, the energy sector has been turned into a boogey man in this debate, even as it propels much-needed economic growth while exploring for new sources of clean energy. It should not be this way, especially if we are serious about addressing the real issues before us.

Like the rest of the country, our community in Illinois is facing myriad economic, political and social challenges. From stagnated economic development to police misconduct to the increasing violence in our inner cities, the African American community, especially, is facing a more divided and troubling future.

In fact, the Illinois unemployment rate for the African American community is more than double, 11.5 percent, the statewide unemployment rate. This is an unacceptable situation that must be addressed.

Part of the solution will be to reboot economic opportunities for African Americans in our state and areas around the nation. One place to start is to utilize opportunities developing in the growing energy industry. A recent report found that African Americans will easily account for over 100,000 jobs in the energy industry in the next 15 years.

Nearly 65 percent of these jobs will cover skilled (first line supervisors, electricians, industrial machine mechanics, etc.); semi-skilled (welders, truck drivers, excavating, etc.); professional (architects, engineers, surveyors, etc.); and management (general operations, engineering managers, accountants, etc.) positions.

Many may not be aware, but the energy industry has been one of the bright spots in our economy as we struggled to rebound from the protracted recession. Recently, the Progressive Policy Institute found that the United states energy sector invested more than $201 billion in domestic buildings, equipment, and software in 2014 alone.

Not only has this investment translated into jobs and opportunities for everyone from construction workers to accountants, engineers and scientists. It has also meant progress and technological breakthroughs that benefit both the economy and the environment.

In fact, it was ExxonMobil that pioneered the first lithium battery – an invention that served as the basis for the batteries in electric cars, like Tesla. More than that, investments by energy companies like ExxonMobil have expanded access to cleaner bridge fuels that can serve our needs until we can fully tap efficient, clean and renewable sources of energy.

There is no doubt that we are facing enormous challenges — whether it is the specter of climate change that haunts future generations or the burden of economic inequality that leaves behind some of our communities. But the solution will not be found in overheated rhetoric, recriminations or even scapegoating an industry as vitally important as the energy sector.

Indeed, I believe that the energy industry will play an integral role in finding a solution to the problem of climate change while continuing to help create new economic opportunities for all Americans, including economically disenfranchised communities.

It is within our grasp to find practical solutions that protect our environment while serving our economic interests. Now we must resolve to get on with that task – and set aside partisan bickering.
Photo: Chairman Robert Dale, Illinois Black Chamber

Fellowship Chicago Shares the Spirit of Christmas Giving; Will Distribute Food and Toys Saturday, December 19th

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Chicago’s historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, affectionately known as “The Ship”, and Pastor Charles Jenkins host their annual holiday community outreach,”Christmas at the ‘Ship” on Saturday Dec. 19, 2015.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. and Distribution of food and toys begins at 9 a.m.


Throughout the year, teams of supporters work to secure monetary donations which are used to purchase food and toys for distribution in the community the Saturday before Christmas. These items are packed and distributed by church members, donors, local politicians and other nonprofit organizations, such as Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Toys for Tots Foundation. The community gets involved by attending and engaging with the outreach at Fellowship MBC, and by registering to receive food and toys. This annual event was started in 1997 by Fellowship MB Church founder and Pastor, Reverend Clay Evans with 100 recipients. To this day, this outreach continues to grow and this year Fellowship MBC is expecting to serve 2,000 guests.


For more information about “Christmas at the ‘Ship,” visit fellowshipchicago.com.


About Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church

Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1950 by iconic faith leader Reverend Clay Evans and boasts a membership of over 8000 people. The mission of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church is to establish God’s ideas and impact in communities by sharing truth, encouraging growth, fostering family, and serving generously. This is accomplished by the vision of “Inspiring Love | Igniting Good.” Pastor Charles Jenkins is a respected leader in the community and for the past 15 years Jenkins has been the Senior Pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago. www.fellowshipchicago.com

‘Black on Black Economics’: Black Male Entrepreneurs Make Strategic Deposit in Black-Owned Bank

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By Hazel Trice Edney


(TriceEdneyWire.com) – In a strategic effort to continue the movement of “Black-on-Black economics” – circulating dollars in the Black community to every extent possible – a group of Black male entrepreneurs led by the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC) has opened accounts with the D.C.-based Black-owned Industrial Bank.

“In order for there to be a strong Black America, you must have strong Black businesses. In order for there to be strong Black businesses, we must have strong Black banks. So, from my standpoint, this is just a reciprocation for what Industrial Bank has done for our communities for the last 80 years,” said USBC CEO Ron Busby Sr. “There’s a trillion dollars of spending power in our community and we want to make sure that dollar stays within our community. Twenty-eight days a dollar stays in the Asian community, twenty-one days a dollar stays in the Hispanic community. In our community, our dollar leaves within six hours. We have got to change that…Until we have total control of how we circulate our money, our power and respect will continue to be marginalized.”

The 15 young men who gathered in the lobby of the historic Industrial Bank are members of the Black Male Entrepreneurship Institute (BMEI), which is in partnership with the USBC. The meeting took on a celebratory mode as Industrial President/CEO Doyle Mitchell congratulated Busby for his influence.

“I’m just humbled at the presence of mind that you have displayed since you first came to town and started taking a leadership role with the Chamber of Commerce and came to Industrial Bank and made a $5,000 deposit. You put your money where your mouth is,” said Mitchell. “Our only solution for us to get out of the situation that we are in as Black people is Black on Black economics. I love and appreciate the way you have taken that forward with this effort.”

Busby recalled that when he made that $5,000 deposit five years ago, he was intentionally choosing Black businesses in every area of his life. Buying a house at the time, he said he made sure he had a Black mortgage company, title company, home inspector, pest control company, and moving company. “Everybody that touched the transaction was a Black firm. The service was superior and the price was right.”

Since then, Busby has become a leading advocate for support of Black banks and Black-owned businesses. In that regard, USBC has now launched an ongoing fundraising effort for the BMEI, co-founded by Randall Keith Benjamin, Jr. and Howard R. Jean, who accompanied the young entrepreneurs to the bank.

“This is bigger than just a moment or taking pictures. It’s about how can we go out of our way to make sure that our communities are as strong as possible,” said Benjamin.

According to Jean, a BMEI reception and launch will take place Jan. 15, 2016.

“We know that our community banks are the strongest funder of small businesses, particularly Black businesses in the community,” Jean said. “So this is our campaign, starting here at the Industrial Bank in Washington, DC as we launch nationally with BME to encourage and inspire other entrepreneurs – male and female – of all ages to start banking Black.”

Photo Caption: USBC CEO Ron Busby Sr. (center left, red tie), with Industrial Bank CEO Doyle Mitchell along with members of the Black Male Entrepreneurship Institute. PHOTO: Ashlei Sutton

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