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Attorney General Madigan: New Year Brings New Laws

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Nursing home cameras; protections for sexual assault survivors, crime victims and workers effective Jan. 1

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan highlighted new laws initiated by her office that will go into effect Jan. 1. In 2016 Illinois will become the fourth state to explicitly allow electronic monitoring devices to be installed in resident rooms in nursing home facilities.

House Bill 2462 sponsored by Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, and Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan stemmed from complaints Madigan’s office received from nursing home residents and families who were concerned for their relatives’ care and safety. The new law allows residents of nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities or their family members to purchase and install video or audio monitoring devices in their rooms.

“The new year will bring new peace of mind for nursing home residents and their families, because for the first time, they will have the option of installing recording devices to ensure their loved ones are receiving appropriate care,” Madigan said.

Madigan noted that video and audio monitoring can be used as an added tool to help resolve disputes about suspected abuse or negligence. In addition, the video and audio monitoring allowed by this law can be helpful to nursing homes by alerting them to employees who may be involved in abusive or unacceptable behavior, and allowing them to take disciplinary measures.

After the General Assembly passed House Bill 2462 with overwhelming support, it was signed in August. The new law, which is Public Act 99-0430, will:

• Allow for audio and video electronic monitoring devices in resident rooms;
• Require resident and roommate consent;
• Make nursing home residents or their representatives responsible for the purchase, installation and maintenance expenses of the devices;
• Prohibit facility retaliation against residents for the use of the devices;
• Provide for recordings to be admissible into evidence in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings; and
• Provide misdemeanor and felony penalties for any person or entity that intentionally hampers, obstructs, tampers with, or destroys a recording or an electronic monitoring device.

Attorney General Madigan highlighted additional laws that go into effect on Jan. 1:

Cracking Down on Unlicensed Employment Agencies
Senate Bill 1859 (Public Act 99-0422), sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, and Rep. Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago, enables the state to take stronger action against employment agencies that operate without a license or violate the state’s Private Employment Agency Act. In November, Madigan filed lawsuits against three unlicensed Chicago employment agencies that targeted Latino workers for employment at Chinese buffet-style restaurants. Workers interviewed by Madigan’s office described long workdays, poor wages, high-pressure work environments, crowded and substandard housing conditions, verbal abuse, discrimination and threats of violence. The new law will enable the state to better track licensed employment agencies, impose stronger penalties for those that operate outside the law, penalize businesses that knowingly use unlicensed employment agencies, and offer greater protection for workplace whistleblowers.

Protecting Victims of Crime
Senate Bill 1866 (Public Act 99-0444), sponsored by Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford, D-Maywood, and Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, requires vendors who provide hospital, medical, dental and counseling services to victims of violent crime to wait until the Court of Claims issues a final decision on a victim’s crime victims compensation claim before demanding payment or referring unpaid bills to a debt collection agency. The need for this new law stemmed from frequent instances in which vendors would take action to collect on a crime victim’s bill while payment from the state was still pending, which can be emotionally traumatizing for the victims, as well as harmful to his or her credit rating.

The Office of the Attorney General, the Court of Claims and the Office of the Secretary of State jointly administer the Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP), which provides eligible victims of violent crime with financial assistance for certain expenses connected to the crime that are incurred after insurance, Medicaid or other benefits have paid. After receiving an application, the Attorney General’s Office will provide written confirmation that a compensation claim has been filed, which the victim can provide to vendors.

Protecting Survivors of Sexual Assault
House Bill 3848 (Public Act 99-0454) brings Illinois into compliance with the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which requires the state to certify that sexual assault survivors are not being billed for medical forensic examinations as a condition of receiving federal grant funds.

Sponsored by Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, and Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, the law prevents survivors of sexual assaults from being re-traumatized by expressly prohibiting hospitals, emergency room physicians and other providers of sexual assault services from charging the survivor or sending the survivor a bill. Hospitals must also provide a written notice to survivors when they are discharged, explaining that they may not be billed and providing information regarding who survivors should contact if they receive a bill. Under the new law, fines may be imposed on providers who bill or refer a survivor to a collection agency.

Activist Against Police Crimes Arrested Filming Cop Assaulting Woman On Metra Train

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Well-known Chicago activist Mike Siviwe Elliott was arrested on board a Metra train for exercising his right to observe and video an officer in the course of his or her duties.

Elliott was on the train when he observed officers “getting rough with a young woman.” He recorded it with his phone until one of the Metra Police tried to snatch his phone from him. When Elliott pulled back his hand, he was accused of assaulting the officer and placed under arrest.

Elliott was locked up in the 5th District station of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) overnight, released to a waiting crowd of supporters at 11:00 a.m. According to his jailers, his phone has been turned over to State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and will only be returned to him when he appears in court on January 13th.

Elliott sees his arrest as more of the same from police in Chicago.
“In a violent backlash to the countless nonviolent protests and demands of Chicago activists for justice and police accountability, the Chicago police have killed two more Black people and critically wounded a third on the same day, December 26. Especially during an ongoing federal investigation of the CPD by the Department of Justice, what does this say to every Black Lives Matter activist in Chicago?”

Elliott is a leader of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

“The city and the prosecutors were involved in the cover up of the murder of Laquan McDonald. We are calling for an investigation and prosecutions, not only of the CPD, but we also want Mayor Emanuel, the city council, State’s Attorney Alvarez, and the other police forces investigated and prosecuted here.”

“My arrest is further evidence that the police here are not being held accountable on any level. The only way to hold the police accountable is through community control.”

The Alliance is leading a coalition that includes the Chicago Teachers Union, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a diverse array of Black, Latino, Arab, Muslim and Asian groups calling for the passage of legislation to create an elected, civilian police accountability council.

Former Springfield, Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Defacing Islamic Center and Burning the Qur’an

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U.S. Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri announced that a former Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the civil rights of others by leading a conspiracy to deface The Islamic Center of Springfield with graffiti and burn two copies of the Qur’an.

Adam David Smock, 23, of Edgewater, California, formerly of Springfield, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush of the Western District of Missouri to a federal information that charges him with participating in a conspiracy to oppress, threaten and intimidate worshippers at the Islamic Center of Springfield in the free exercise and enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs.

The Islamic Center of Springfield provides services common to most religious establishments, including regular prayer service, a venue for individuals to pray on their own, community activities and a forum for charitable fund-raising.

Smock admitted that on Jan. 7, 2011, he and two other individuals (one of whom was a 14-year-old minor) spray-painted graffiti on the exterior walls of the Islamic Center of Springfield. The graffiti included explicit and offensive language in addition to such statements as “Bash Back,” “Now is our time!” and “You bash us in Pakistan we bash here.”

Smock also admitted that on April 10, 2011, he and the same two individuals partially burned two copies of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, and Smock left the burned Qur’ans directly in front of the main doors to the Islamic Center, approximately 30 feet away from the building, where a co-conspirator also left a computer-printed note that contained the image of a goat’s or ram’s head, and the following text:

To: Sincere Followers of Allah,

“Today, we show the Muslim Nation that its oppressive religion won’t go without a fight, not from soldiers, but from average citizens willing to fight for America – for there are three (sic) burned Qur’ans that lay spread in the driveway. For we grow tired of Anti-Zionism. The Islamification of Europe. Terroristic regimes. And worst of all, the membership of 1.5 billion Muslims that stain the earth. And we vow one thing: Islam will not survive.

“Death to Islam!”

Smock admitted that it was his idea to commit the acts and that he persuaded his co-conspirators to participate, and that he selected the Islamic Center of Springfield for vandalism because of the religious nature of the property in order to threaten and intimidate worshippers so as to hinder and interfere with the worshippers’ enjoyment of their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.

The total cost of restoration and repair of the damage to the Islamic Center of Springfield, including sandblasting and applying anti-graffiti paint, is $15,662.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, a joint recommendation will be made to the court that Smock be incarcerated for 14 days, followed by a five-year term of supervised release; that Smock must pay $10,440 in restitution; and that Smock must perform 40 hours of community service. If the Islamic Center of Springfield, or an Islamic Center located near Smock’s residence, is willing to have him perform his community service on its premises, then that is the location where Smock should perform his community service. Smock will meet with and personally apologize to the leadership of the Islamic Center of Springfield for his crime. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall D. Eggert of the Western District of Missouri. It was investigated by the FBI and the Springfield Police Department.

U.S. Department of Justice December 29, 2015
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Leaders Call Decision Not to Indict Killers of Tamir Rice “Criminal Injustice” As Protests Break Out Across U.S. in Response

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A protest rally is scheduled for 12 Noon, December 30, 2015, Michigan and Randolph Streets in Chicago.


Leaders of the movement to stop murder by police responded today to news that a Cleveland grand jury declined to indict two officers for killing 12 year old Tamir Rice last year, as he carried a toy gun in a city park. This comes less than 3 days after Chicago police killed Quintonio Legrier, a 19 year old college student, and Bettie Jones, a grandmother of 10.

Carl Dix, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, said, “We saw these cops ride up on Tamir and shoot him down in less than two seconds. We saw them refuse to give him any medical assistance after shooting him. We saw them tackle his sister and put her in the back of the police car when she ran out to comfort him. Yet the system tells us that these murdering cops committed no crimes.”

Dix is a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which posted More Police Murder… More Murdering Police Go Free! This Cannot Go Down Like This! This Cannot Go On! revcom.us, saying, “After over a year of lies and cover-up, the IN-justice system now says they will bring NO charges against the police who murdered Tamir Rice! This is outrageous. This is intolerable. Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old boy, playing with a toy gun in a city park. He was shot down in less than two seconds by police who rolled up on him.

“How many more will these murderers in blue shoot down people? How long can this be tolerated, from people who are supposed to ‘serve and protect’? What kind of a system does this?”

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is responding, along with activists and organizations with calls for protest in the streets tonight and Tuesday.

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com • (312) 933-9586

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more info, see stopmassincarceration.net

“We Need More Than Tears, Governor” – State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford

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Letters to Editors


From: Illinois State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford
Chairman, Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

Governor Rauner, your silence is deafening. As our state’s leader, you shed tears upon seeing the video of LaQuan McDonald’s shooting. We stand together to say the state needs more than your tears. With the recent shootings of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier, the drumbeat of death continues to shatter the public trust. We need your help easing the emotional pain of an entire community.

Everyone has a responsibility to safeguard the civil rights of all Illinois citizens. We must have the greatest possible confidence in each individual’s access to justice, and we believe only rigorous, independent investigations of law enforcement, oversight and prosecution alike – combined with a genuine commitment to change from state leaders – can restore that faith.

We sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch supporting calls for the Department of Justice to investigate the Chicago Police Department – a federal investigation has since been opened – and asking that the inquiry include both the Independent Police Review Authority and the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney.

With Senate Bill 1304, which takes effect Jan. 1, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus laid the groundwork to increase accountability and transparency in police policy. Our new law encompasses body cameras, training, appointment of special prosecutors, information sharing to deter hiring of officers dismissed for misconduct and many other landmark reforms.
But more is needed.

While federal investigations help shed light on the culture and practices that allow and tolerate misconduct, we know Tamir Rice died in Cleveland even after a DOJ investigation. We must not put all our faith in one approach; we must also work to put our own house in order.

As we craft additional criminal justice reform legislation, we need you to join us to build the political will for systemic change. We recognize that the police have a job to do, and we must explore new ways to help them protect the public more effectively and responsibly, whether through greater availability of non-lethal weapons, more extensive training or other resources. Can we count on your support as we raise our voices of outrage at the callous and blatant disregard of Black life at the hands of rogue police who have become the judge, jury and executioner of our constituents?

The fatal shootings of Laquan McDonald, Rekia Boyd and Ronnie Johnson and the overall increase in shootings of unarmed African-Americans in Chicago eroded the trust that must exist between a community and those sworn to serve and protect. This is not merely a Chicago problem or a string of isolated incidents that current structures can address. Time and again, existing oversight, prosecutorial and leadership structures have proven they are not up to the task.

As legislators, we will work to enact broad and prudent policies that build trust and accountability. As mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, we grieve with the families whose loved ones have been needlessly torn from their arms. And as concerned citizens, we join a multi-racial and inter-generational march forward on the journey to justice.
Come with us, Governor.

State Senator Kimberly A. Lightford, a Maywood Democrat, is an Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois Senate and chairman of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.

Menard Correctional Center Prepared for Possible Flood

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CHESTER, IL – Staff at Menard Correctional Center is preparing for a flood that could have an impact on the facility.  The National Weather service predicts the Mississippi River, along Kaskaskia Street, in Menard will crest at a high of 49.7 feet, which matches the levels recorded in the great floods of 1993.  At that level, there may be minor flooding inside the lower level cell houses and basements of buildings located behind the walls.


Some offenders have been transferred to other facilities and IDOC is providing temporary, alternate housing for others, inside the facility.  At this time, IDOC does not anticipate water being shut off however, the Department has more than one thousand gallons of water on standby and has set up portable restrooms should there be an issue with sewage.


“Our staff has worked tirelessly to implement strategic plans and ensure the safety of the institution is not compromised,” says Acting IDOC Director John Baldwin.  “Staff at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois State Police, and the City of Chester have also provided hundreds of hours of manpower to help us prepare for this flood.”

IDOC offender work crews also pitched in.  They filled more than 15-thousand sandbags, which have been placed around the facility to protect power sources, buildings, and generators.  

“We didn’t have much time to prepare for this flood but our team worked around the clock to prepare for high waters,” says Kimberly Butler, warden at Menard Correctional Center.  “We have also had a tremendous response from the community.  Local farmers and many others stepped up to donate their time and equipment to make these efforts seamless.  We are extremely appreciative of their help.” 

The Mississippi River is expected to crest on Saturday, January 1st.

The Vietnam War From the Perspective of Black Soldiers – New Novel Tells a Familiar Story in a Different Way

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A Long Way by J. Everett Prewitt


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) –  J. Everett Prewitt, an award winning author, presents his newest novel, A Long Way Back, an intriguing glimpse into the Vietnam War from the perspective of black soldiers.When a reporter for the Washington Post sees a group of wounded, half-starved, black troops disembark from a helicopter in Cu Chi during the height of the Vietnam War, he senses a story, but receives no cooperation from the army or the soldiers.

The men, mostly noncombat soldiers, are the remnant of a squad sent on an illegal mission to Cambodia as punishment for their participation in a race riot at Cu Chi base camp. Led by a battle-fatigued sergeant, they fall under enemy fire. Their leader inexplicably disappears, leaving the ill-prepared soldiers to fight the jungle and enemy on their own.

Although forced to confront the shock of combat and a deteriorating family life, the reporter pursues the story hoping to uncover the truth about what happened to the soldiers.

A Long Way Back is a tense journey merging the lives of the soldiers and the reporter as they struggle to overcome their fear, and face the battles they must fight to survive.



What others are saying:
…this is an intelligently crafted tale, brimming with both suspense and social commentary. — Kirkus Reviews

(A) fine novel. This novel takes an important place on the small shelf of African-American Vietnam War novels… the book is well worth reading. — Vietnam Veterans of America.

This is an awesome story. As a retired Army officer and veteran of two tours in Vietnam and having personally been under enemy fire, I can attest to how well you captured that experience within the events of the story. — Norman Mays, Major, USA, (ret)

I found your novel A Long Way Back to be a compelling recounting of the war from the perspective of black soldiers. — Anita Bunkley, author

A Long Way Back is a riveting story set in Vietnam in the 1960s. It captures the ugliness of war and racism, but is much more a page-turning story of brotherhood, determination, and survival. — Barbara Hacha, author of Line by Line and Sidetracks



About the Author:
J. Everett Prewitt is a Vietnam veteran and a former Army officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University. Prewitt was awarded the title of distinguished alumni at both schools.

Prewitts debut novel, Snake Walkers, placed first for fiction in four different literary contests, won the bronze award for general fiction in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year contest, and was also honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

Single and living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Prewitt is the proud father of Lia and Eric. Learn more at his website at www.eprewitt.com


Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, J. Everett Prewitt

IDOT: Illinois Law Enforcement Working Overtime this New Year’s Eve

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 Special patrols scheduled through weekend to reduce fatalities on Illinois roadways


CHICAGO, IL – As 2015 comes to a close, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be working overtime this New Year’s holiday weekend. The effort has one simple goal – to save lives and reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roadways.

“Fatality numbers are a way to measure progress, but they are clearly so much more than just numbers. They represent friends, family and loved ones,” said IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety Director Jared Thornley. “If you are going to drink this holiday, plan another way home before the celebration begins – and always remember to buckle up.”

During these final days of 2015, hundreds of additional law enforcement hours, funded through federal highway safety funds administered by IDOT, will provide additional roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and other patrols, reminding motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”


“With fatalities on the rise, Illinois State Police troopers will be stepping up patrols on New Year’s Eve looking for Fatal Four violations: DUI, Speeding, Distracted Driving and Seatbelt Compliance,” said ISP Colonel Tad Williams. “The ISP will conduct numerous Roadside Safety Checks and roving patrols in fatality areas throughout the state. Designate a driver when making plans this holiday season. Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over.”

Over the last five New Year’s holiday periods (2010-2014), which include New Year’s Eve, an average of 39 people died on Illinois roads, with 2,845 injured, according to IDOT data. Seventeen, or 44 percent, of those 39 individuals, died in crashes involving at least one driver who had been drinking.

During last year’s New Year’s holiday period, 10 people lost their lives and 856 were injured in motor-vehicle crashes. Five of the 10 fatalities resulted from crashes in which a driver had been drinking.

Illinois has experienced fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities each of the last six years, the lowest numbers since 728 in 1920 and 887 in 1921. In 1922, fatalities rose above 1,000, where they remained until 2009, when 911 people lost their lives on Illinois roads.  Fatalities reached an all-time high of 2,600 in 1941.

Provisional data show 999 traffic fatalities so far this year in Illinois, an increase of 8.5% from a year ago. For a more complete breakdown of the data, click here.

The public can do their part to make this a safe holiday weekend and achieve zero fatalities by following these simple rules:

  • Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

  • If you’ve been drinking, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member.

  • Use your community’s designated driver program.

  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.

  • Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers are safely buckled up. It is your best defense against a drunk driver.

Producer/Film Maker Seeks Donations for Her Musical Film, Western In Noir, Scheduled for Release January 1, 2016

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Western in Noir, a musical feature film with elements of diversity and social justice, was written by a 29-year old African American Writer/Musician who is fighting a battle with Stage 4 Breast Cancer.

1 Drop Rule Productions has launched a crowd funding campaign for Western In Noir, a musical feature film with elements of diversity and social justice. The film and soundtrack, owned by the cast and crew, is directed by an all female crew – Michele McMillan, author/producer/film maker; Award-Winning Editor and Director Jennifer Barlow, and Rachel Dunn, Director of Photography.
This all female crew is creating a haunting, realistic vision of America at its weakest in a hacker torn, vigilante ruled future where hearsay can be deadly. The official trailer will be released on Youtube on New Year’s Day.
Western In Noir is a musical film in the vein of Carmen or Pink Floyd’s the Wall. It takes place in a vigilante-run America, after hacks and a failed presidential campaign escalate an American revolt.

This film is a commentary based on the differences in challenges faced by Americans, and a plea for reform. It features a diverse cast.

Spawned by the disappearance of Skip Hutch, the social media fueled presidential hopeful, hackers and malcontent citizens escalate a civil war. Years after the violence settles, people are slowly beginning to trust each other and build again. The CEA, a promising new regime, recruits Elliot to scout the western part of the country for survivors. After stopping in a small church-run town, he meets Nivea, a knife fighter and farm owner who lives with her friends and former lovers. One day, a bounty hunter shows up for Elliot and he discovers that a small misunderstanding has snowballed (or tumble weeded) into a crusade against him funded by a group even stronger than the CEA… the church. While fleeing the farm, he is captured by the Grinch and his gang. Meanwhile, Nivea and her farm crew are all shipped back to her hometown, which was turned into a place for non-violent criminal rehabilitation during what some called “the Great Revision.” Run by the Congressman and his family, home is not what it used to be, and she finds herself working in a brothel called the Mangy Dog.

The soundtrack for the film contains original opera, hip hop, and electronic music, as well as several choreographed dance numbers. While the project has been described to date as very “real,” the film makers are considering going to a darker, more fantasy direction, if funding is secured.
Western In Noir can be watched with or without music video sequences, and the soundtrack includes opera, hip hop, blues, and more. Soprano Nique Wheeler sings the voice of Risky, featuring composition work provided by D_Elete, Ian D, Joe Andolino, and more by the team at Scoreascore.com.

“This project means a lot to me,” said McMillan. “We hope to build on our history as musicians and music video makers. The film is currently in production, and we are looking for funds to pay cast members, obtain permits, licenses, insurance, catering, props, locations, music, and other costs associated with the film.

“I began writing this film when I was first diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Cancer, and in the course of writing it, I lost one of my best friends,” McMillan noted. “We had discussed writing a film together but he passed away. I would really like to see this film go forward for his legacy and mine. I also lost an uncle to gun violence on Chicago’s South Side, and several of the songs in the film are written in his memory.”

McMillan’s goal is to raise $15,000. So far, they have invested $20,000 in the project. For a link to the completed budget: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NKrSJIITIgPsLC-jzYek7qqVIQsUaoTr4Stya98O1-8/edit?usp=sharing
You can view the film website at http://coolaidhouse.com/westerninnoir #westerninnoir
Interested parties can follow the women film makers online, or join their email list on coolaidhouse.com. or go straight to the donation page at http://www.hatchfund.org/project/western_in_noir.

A large portion of McMillan’s share of film proceeds will go towards rehabilitating some properties on Chicago’s South Side, and to the scholarship funds of Neal Bratcher III, and Quinn Heneghan, the son of her late friend Brett “Brett Brett” Heneghan. The rest of the proceeds will go to the cast and crew who will be owners of the film as well.

For more information or to make a donation to Musical Film Western In Noir, you can also email McMillan or phone (773) 818-4759.

Historic Capital Press Club Elects New President, Board of Directors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Internationally renowned civil rights leader Barbara Arnwine, fiery host of Radio One’s “Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine” and Founder and President of the Transformative Justice Coalition, civil rights organization founded in 2016, has been elected president of the historic Capital Press Club.

Arnwine is best known for her long-time award winning 26-year presidency of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, from 1989-2015. She is also the creator of the legendary 2011 Voting Rights “Map of Shame” and holds over 100 prestigious awards to date.

“Barbara Arnwine will be a dynamic representative of Black journalists and communications professionals,” says immediate past president Hazel Trice Edney. “Her prolific leadership skills and justice advocacy are internationally respected. Barbara and her new team will surely take the CPC to a new level of visibility and power.”

“I am deeply honored to be entrusted with this new role of leading this august organization and to continue the great tradition established by Hazel Trice Edney and my predecessors over these many decades of outstanding work”, said Ms. Arnwine. “The presence and voice of the Capital Press Club is urgently needed in this era to ensure that the media is faithful in fully and accurately expressing and reflecting the multifaceted perspectives, realities and aspirations of the African American community nationally and those of African Descendants throughout the Diaspora!”

Other newly elected CPC Board Members include:

First Vice President Pharoh Martin, communications director for DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development.

Second Vice President A. Peter Bailey, veteran journalist, lecturer and author; Bailey was a founding member of The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU), organized in 1964 by Brother Malcolm X.

Secretary Robyn Wilkes, public affairs specialist for DC Department of Housing and Community Development and former CPC first vice president.

Digital Media Chairman Derrick Kenny, digital media manager, Montgomery Office of Cable & Broadband Services.

Each of the new board members is looking forward to working together to fulfill the mission of increasing minority media presences and story accuracy, which plays a vital part in policy debates regarding civil rights.

About CPC:
The Capital Press Club, which celebrated its 70th anniversary last year, was established in 1944 after the National Press Club refused to accept African American members. It continues to unite communications professionals of color through professional development, networking, issues advocacy and public forums. Its diverse membership includes communications professionals from all disciplines including journalists, marketing, public relations, advertising and social media. To join: CapitalPressClub.org.

Photo Captions: Barbara Arnwine, President, Capital Press Club

Capital Press Club Executive Committee: President Barbara Arnwine; Secretary Robyn Wilkes; First Vice President Pharoh Martin; Second Vice President A. Peter Bailey; and Digital Media Chair Derrick Kenny

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