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FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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At approximately 9:40 a.m. (Pacific) on Thursday, February 11, 2016, the FBI brought three of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers into custody without incident. At approximately 11:00 a.m., agents brought the fourth into custody without incident.
  • Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
  • Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
  • Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
  • David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio

No one was injured, and no shots were fired. Thursday marks day 41 of the occupation of the refuge.

Agents arrested the remaining four occupiers as they walked out of the refuge to the FBI checkpoint. Those arrested will face arraignment before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland on Friday, February 12, 2016.

At times, there were dozens of highly armed militants occupying, visiting and supplying the refuge.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury indicted 16 people:

  • Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah
  • Sandra Lynn Anderson, age 48, of Riggins, Idaho
  • Sean Larry Anderson, age 47, of Riggins, Idaho
  • Jeff Wayne Banta, age 46, of Yerington, Nevada
  • Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
  • Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
  • Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
  • Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon
  • David Lee Fry, age 27, of Blanchester, Ohio
  • Kenneth Medenbach, age 62, of Crescent, Oregon
  • Joseph Donald O’Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
  • Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia
  • Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
  • Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, Peoria, Arizona
  • Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

Each subject faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge has been a long and traumatic episode for the citizens of Harney County and the members of the Burns Paiute tribe. It is a time for healing, reconciliation amongst neighbors and friends, and allowing for life to get back to normal. I want to thank our neighbors in eastern Oregon for their patience, resolve, and their kind and welcoming spirit to the many members of federal, county, state, local, and tribal law enforcement who have worked tirelessly to bring this illegal occupation to a conclusion. The fine work of so many dedicated public servants in a difficult endeavor cannot be understated. I am very proud of them all,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon.

“Much work is left to assess the crime scene and damage to the refuge and tribal artifacts. We are committed to seeing the job done and to pursue justice for the crimes committed during the illegal occupation.”

The FBI will release more information about the law enforcement work that still remains to be done at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge later in the day.

Related information:

FBI Portland February 11, 2016
  • Beth Anne Steele (503) 460-8099

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch: “…I am Deeply Saddened by the Shooting in Hartford County, Maryland, That Took the Lives of Two Long-Serving Sheriff’s Deputies…”

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U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch’s statement on fatal shooting of two law enforcement officials in Hartford County, Maryland – Maryland Senior Sheriff’s Deputies Mark Logsdon and Patrick Dailey:


“I am deeply saddened by the shooting in Harford County, Maryland, that took the lives of two long-serving sheriff’s deputies.  This was an appalling and senseless crime, carried out against two dedicated guardians of the public.  Losses like these are a tragic reminder of the dangers our public safety officers face every day – and the courage and commitment they routinely demonstrate in the fulfilment of their extraordinary charge.  My thoughts and prayers – and those of my colleagues throughout the law enforcement community – are with the families and loved ones of our fallen friends.”

Lincoln Park High Students Plan Walkout Against CPS Budget Cuts

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CHICAGO, IL – Students from Lincoln Park High School will walk out of class and meet outside in the mall at 2001 N. Orchard Street in Chicago today (2/12/16) at 9:55 A.M., to speak out against the drastic budget cuts announced Tuesday by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the intolerable consequences faced by students, teachers and the community as a whole. Students plan to rally with a coalition of supporters.

“Students are upset by the conflict between the City of Chicago and the teachers of Chicago. As students, it is time to speak out and demand that officials fund our schools without disparity,” says Adia Njie, a junior at Lincoln Park High School. “I am fed up with being seen as just a number who doesn’t deserve the same resources as students in affluent communities.”

Speakers at the walkout will include:

  • Nidalis Burgos, Senior at Lincoln Park High School
  • Alys Maldonado, Junior at Lincoln Park High School
  • Brandon Arias, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School
  • Adolfo Lopez, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School
  • Jaden Gray, Sophomore at Lincoln Park High School

Nidalis Burgos, a senior, was one of the Lincoln Park High School students who staged a walkout in 2013 to speak out against teacher layoffs. Since then, budget cuts within CPS have had a drastic, negative effect on the futures of students and teachers alike.

“I’m walking out against these mass budget cuts not only for my school, but for schools across Chicago,” says Nidalis. “We are told we are the future, but the state and the CPS board are wrecking the road to our futures with these cuts. I’m walking out to demand that our elected officials and unelected school board stop fearing future generations, and fund them instead. We are not just numbers attached to dollar signs and tests scores. We are the future and we won’t stop speaking out until they understand that.”

President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate John B. King as Secretary of Education

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President Barack Obama’s Statement:


“Since joining the Department of Education, John has worked to build on the progress our country has made in expanding opportunity for all of our children. There is nobody better to continue leading our ongoing efforts to work toward preschool for all, prepare our kids so that they are ready for college and career, and make college more affordable. John knows from his own incredible life experience how education can transform a child’s future. I look forward to the Senate working in a bipartisan way to confirm John quickly and continuing their work with him to tackle the vital challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”


Dr. John B. King, Nominee for Secretary, Department of Education

Dr. John B. King, Jr. is an accomplished lifelong educator who has been a teacher, a principal, the leader of a network of schools, and the State Commissioner of Education in New York.

Dr. King’s belief in the power of educational opportunity is rooted in his own life. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators. Though their lives have inspired him throughout his lifetime, both died from illness by the time he was 12. Dr. King has often said that his future could have unfolded very differently after that, but New York City public school teachers saved him and gave him hope and purpose.

Dr. King currently serves as Acting Secretary of Education, a position he assumed in January 2016. Dr. King also serves as the Department of Education’s Principal Senior Advisor. King joined the Department in 2015 and was delegated the duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary, overseeing all preschool-through-12th-grade education policies, programs and strategic initiatives, as well as Department operations. In that capacity, King also played a key role in President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and coordinated the launch of multiple high priority administration initiatives, including the Second Chance Pell pilot program and the Every Student, Every Day campaign to end chronic absenteeism.

As Commissioner in New York State, Dr. King brought numerous lasting changes that benefited students. He created grants to help support teacher leadership, built nationally recognized instructional resources and a statewide professional development network to support educators as they implemented higher learning standards, and launched a pilot program to encourage voluntary efforts to promote socioeconomic diversity in schools. He also spearheaded an initiative to reduce unnecessary and low-quality tests, working with the state legislature to cap the amount of time students spend on standardized tests.

Prior to his time at the New York State Education Department, Dr. King was a Managing Director of Uncommon Schools. He also co-founded and co-led Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, which closed achievement gaps and became one of the highest performing urban middle schools in Massachusetts.

King began his career as a public school teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies from Columbia University’s Teachers College, a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, and a Doctorate of Education  in educational administrative practice from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Dr. King lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife and two children, who attend local public schools.

Madigan Announces $22.5 Million Morgan Stanley Settlement

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Attorney General Madigan Settlement Over Mortgage-Backed Securities Recovers Funds for State’s Pension Systems

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $22.5 million settlement with Morgan Stanley as a result of the investment bank’s misconduct in its marketing and sale of risky residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) leading up to the 2008 economic collapse.

The settlement with Morgan Stanley stems from an investigation by Madigan’s office concerning the investment bank’s failure to disclose the true risk of RMBS investments.

“This settlement is the latest effort in my ongoing commitment to recover critical funds for the state due to Wall Street’s massive mortgage fraud,” Madigan said.

Under the settlement, Morgan Stanley will pay $22.5 million to Illinois to be distributed among the Teachers Retirement System of the State of Illinois, the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois, and the Illinois State Board of Investment, which oversees the State Employees’ Retirement System, General Assembly Retirement System and Judges’ Retirement System.

Today’s settlement is the fourth such agreement Madigan has secured as part of her work on the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group under President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Madigan has reached similar agreements with JPMorgan Chase & Company for $100 million to Illinois’ pension systems, with Citigroup for $44 million to the state’s pension systems and an additional $40 million in consumer relief, and with Bank of America for a record $300 million, including $200 million to Illinois’ pension systems and an additional $100 million in consumer relief.

Long before today’s settlement announcement, Attorney General Madigan has led the country in taking legal action against banks, lenders and other financial institutions for unlawful financial misconduct that contributed to the country’s economic collapse.

Madigan was a lead negotiator in the $25 billion national mortgage settlement with the country’s largest mortgage servicers – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC – that addressed allegations of widespread “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents and other fraudulent practices banks employed while servicing mortgages of struggling homeowners. As a result of Madigan’s leadership, Illinois borrowers have received more than $2.4 billion in direct relief.

Madigan also was the first attorney general in the nation to sue a national bank for fair lending violations. Madigan and DOJ secured a $175 million national settlement to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo illegally targeted African-American and Latino borrowers for sales of the lender’s poorest quality and most expensive mortgages during the height of the subprime mortgage lending spree. Madigan and DOJ also reached a $335 million national settlement with Countrywide, once the nation’s largest mortgage lender, to resolve similar allegations of fair lending violations. The settlement has provided restitution to harmed Illinois borrowers and is the largest settlement of a fair lending lawsuit ever obtained by a state attorney general.

Madigan reached a landmark $8.7 billion national settlement in 2008 against Countrywide for deceptively placing thousands of Illinois homeowners into ultra-risky and unaffordable subprime mortgages. The settlement with Countrywide’s new owner, Bank of America, established the nation’s first mandatory loan modification program.

Madigan also secured a $52.5 million settlement with Standard & Poor’s to resolve allegations that the company compromised its independence by doling out high ratings to unworthy, risky investments as a corporate strategy to increase its revenue.


Civil Rights Icon and Entertainer Harry Belafonte Endorses Sanders for President

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MILWAUKEE – Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of civil rights icon and entertainer Harry Belafonte.

“I would suggest to those of you who have not yet made up your minds, or maybe even some of you who have made up your minds, to maybe consider and reconsider what it is that Bernie Sanders offers,” Belafonte said in a video endorsing Sanders. “He offers us a chance to declare unequivocally that there is a group of citizens who have a deep caring for where are nation goes and what it does in the process of going.”

To see Belafonte’s video endorsement, click here.

FBI Announces Executive Appointments

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FBI Director James B. Comey announced today the following leadership appointments:

David Bowdich, associate deputy director of the FBI, FBI Headquarters

Mr. Bowdich will assume the position of associate deputy director of the FBI. Most recently, Mr. Bowdich served as the assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. In this critical role, Mr. Bowdich will oversee most of the FBI’s non-operational branches and divisions.

Michael Steinbach, executive assistant director for the National Security Branch, FBI Headquarters

Mr. Steinbach has been named executive assistant director for the National Security Branch, replacing John Giacalone, who will be retiring at the end of February. Mr. Steinbach most recently served as the assistant director of the counterterrorism division.

James Turgal, executive assistant director for the Information and Technology Branch, FBI Headquarters

Mr. Turgal has been named executive assistant director for the Information and Technology Branch. Most recently, Mr. Turgal served as the assistant director of the Human Resources Division.

Deirdre Fike, assistant director in charge, Los Angeles Field Office

Ms. Fike has been named assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. Most recently, Ms. Fike served as the special agent in charge of the Anchorage Division.

David Schlendorf, assistant director for the Human Resources Division, FBI Headquarters

Mr. Schlendorf has been named the assistant director for the Human Resources Division. Most recently, Mr. Schlendorf served as the assistant director of the Resource Planning Office.

Washington, D.C. February 11, 2016
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

State Board Issues Statement on Procurement for a New College Entrance Exam for Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – In July 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released a request for sealed proposals for a new college entrance examination because ISBE’s previous contract with ACT expired on June 30, 2015. The procurement process was conducted in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. 

A Notice of Award was posted that identified the College Board (which administers the SAT examination) as the successful proposer. A protest to the procurement process was filed, and the protest was denied. 

ISBE will now begin the process of negotiating a contract with the College Board. ISBE reaffirms its appreciation for the legislators who continue to support this commitment and who are working to find solutions for school districts during this critical time in our state.

An FAQ document with more details about the procurement process and protest will be posted on ISBE’s website at www.isbe.net  and www.isbe.net/hot-topics.htm.

Riled by Glass Ceilings: Perseverance, Skill Credited for Historic Growth in Black Female Entrepreneurship

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ByEdna Kane-Williams

Given the pioneering success of Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made black woman millionaire, people wanted to know how she got started in business ownership only decades after the end of slavery in America. Her answer was short and simple: “I got my start by giving myself a start.”

As for her astronomical success as owner of an Indianapolis-based hair and skin care factory, Walker had yet another pithy saying: “Perseverance is my motto.”

More than a century later, these morsels of wisdom still work – at least according to economic experts and advocates who have observed the historic rise of black women entrepreneurs over the past 18 years. According to an American Express Open study released in 2015, there’s been a 322 percent growth in black female-owned businesses since 1997, making black women the fastest growing entrepreneurial group in America.

The same self-start, perseverance and faith employed by Walker is still motivating Black women in 2016, says Julianne Malveaux, an economist and former president of Bennett College for Women.

“African-American women have earned degrees, have moved up the ladder, and have found corporate America sometimes wanting and have found the mainstream difficult,” Malveaux says. “Therefore, the 322 percent increase is a function of people being very skilled and talented and not finding space for themselves in the traditional pipelines. And so they are going into creating their own.”

Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “Women of color, when you look at the statistics, are impacted more significantly by all of the negative factors that women face. It’s not surprising that they have chosen to invest in themselves,” Dorfman told Fortune magazine.

Yet, Malveaux points out, it is crucial to note that despite the growth of black women entrepreneurs due to their talent and tenacity, they are still a huge minority when compared to white women.

BlackEnterprise.com reports that women in general now own 30 percent of all businesses in the United States, accounting for some 9.4 million firms. African-American women control 14 percent of these companies, or an estimated 1.3 million businesses. In contrast, white women own 6.1 million, the lion’s share of the women-owned firms, according to the National Women’s Business Council.

Generally, black businesses – owned by men and women – still lag grossly behind those owned by whites, says Malveaux. “The issue is that African Americans are less likely to have access to capital and African-American women are even less likely than that. In terms of access to capital, no African American has a level playing field.”

The Wall Street Journal reported in 2014 that black-owned businesses, which once received 8.2 percent of all loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, had dropped to only 2.3 percent.

From a black man’s perspective, it has been inspiring to observe the growth of entrepreneurship among determined black women, says Howard R. Jean, co-founder of the Black Male Entrepreneurship Institute. He concludes the growth is spurred, in part, by black women increasingly realizing their worth.

“It comes to a point when women have stopped begging for a seat in the boardroom and began creating their own,” Jean says. “Realizing their value on the open market and capitalizing on the certification pools that increase their opportunities for success in business, women are now in a position of influence in the business community.”



Photo Caption: Advertisement showing images of cold cream and hair and complexion products manufactured by Madam C.J. Walker.



Photo Credit: Library of Congress



Edna Kane-Williams is senior vice president for multicultural leadership at AARP.


Hip Hop and Butoh Combine for The Dance Center’s Presentation of Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto March 31 – April 2

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CHICAGO, ILThe Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago concludes its 2015–16 season with the choreographer-performer duo of Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto, performing their dance-theatre duet Flash. Performances take place March 31–April 2, 2016 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Written, choreographed and performed by Harris and Sakamoto, Flash is conceived as a “conversation” between the artists’ respective aesthetics (hip hop and butoh), cultural backgrounds (African-American and Japanese-American) and personalities. Hip hop and butoh were born from marginalized, postwar urban subcultures, and each embodies a philosophical approach to the creation of cultural identity through dance. In this work, Sakamoto and Harris combine their respective approaches to manifesting a body in crisis. Flash is an interdisciplinary performance project incorporating butoh and hip-hop dance, multimedia and other theatrical elements to address the intersection of urban and environmental crisis, social resistance and corporeal identity.

Rennie Harris
Rennie Harris is the founder and artistic director of Rennie Harris Puremovement, a hip-hop dance company dedicated to preserving and disseminating hip-hop culture through workshops, classes, hip-hop history lecture demonstrations, long-term residencies, mentoring programs and public performances. Harris founded his company in 1992 based on the belief that hip hop is the most important original expression of a new generation. With its roots in the inner-city African-American and Latino communities, hip hop can be characterized as a contemporary indigenous form, one that expresses universal themes that extend beyond racial, religious and economic boundaries and, because of its pan-racial and transnational popularity, can help bridge these divisions.

Michael Sakamoto
Michael Sakamoto is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar active in dance, theatre, performance, media and photography. His solo, ensemble and visual works have been presented in 14 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North America. His research and performance interests include contemporary imaginings of the butoh-based “body in crisis,” corporeal and mediated embodiments of self-reflection and social resistance and performing the cultural commons and cultural sustainability.

Residency Activities
A post-performance conversation with the artists takes place Thursday, March 31, free to ticket holders. Additional residency activities with community partners and Columbia College Chicago students take place throughout the week leading up to the performance weekend.

The Dance Center’s presentation of Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto is funded by The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and Engaging Dance Audiences, a program administered by Dance/USA and made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Dance Center
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international significance. The Dance Center has been named “Chicago’s Best Dance Theatre” by Chicago magazine, “Best Dance Venue” by the Chicago Reader and Chicago’s top dance venue in 2014 by Newcity, and Time Out Chicago cited it as “…consistently offering one of Chicago’s strongest lineups of contemporary and experimental touring dance companies.” Programs of The Dance Center are supported, in part, by Alphawood Foundation; Engaging Dance Audiences, a program administered by Dance/USA and made possible with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The Chicago Community Trust; The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Irving Harris Foundation; the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Special thanks to Friends of The Dance Center.

Ticket Information
The Dance Center presents Rennie Harris and Michael Sakamoto March 31–April 2, 2016, Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets are $30; subscriptions to three or more performances during the season offer a 20 percent savings. All programming is subject to change. The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. For information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents

Photo: Michael Sakamoto (L) and Rennie Harris, photo by Janelle Weatherford.

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