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Student Shut Down Tomorrow, Will Rally at the Thompson Center in Solidarity With CTU

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CHICAGO, IL – Students from Chicago Public Schools all over the city will join together and rally at the Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, in Chicago at 12 p.m., Friday April 1st, in solidarity with the Chicago Teachers Union day of action. Over the years CPS schools have continuously been under attack, from school closures to staff layoffs. This rally is concentrated on the recent budget cuts implemented by Bruce Rauner. These budget cuts will inevitably impact the learning environment of students in less affluent communities. The rally will then partner with University of Illinois Chicago students at 2pm and eventually join with teachers at 4pm.

April 1st, students will gather together in solidarity with teachers that were harshly affected by the announced budget cuts. Students will rally in support of sustainable forms of revenue. After the recent announcement of more budget cuts and the effect this has on both teachers and students, the engagement of student organizers has greatly increased to over 400 students.

Nidalis Burgos, a student from Lincoln Park High School says, “as a student, I’m striking along with my teachers because I’m tired of inequality in schools. We have, time and time again, been under attack by our officials, and this is our time to fight back as a whole. we are stronger when we fight together, and that’s what we will accomplish on Friday. It is up to us to change the corruption, so we will not only be rallying as students, but later joining the teachers in a citywide rally. This is where change begins, with us.”

In addition, Cameron Miller a student at Phillips Academy says, “because the currents we don’t see are more dangerous than the waves we do,” he will rally in solidarity with teachers.  Furthermore, Matthew Mata, a senior at Payton College Prep affirms that he is joining the action: “I strike because the education I receive shouldn’t be a privilege, but the norm.”

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1354329061259910/

Attorney General Madigan Settles Claims Against Sham Cancer Charities

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Settlement Concludes Action by Madigan, FTC & States Against Charities that Bilked More Than $75 Million from Donors

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Madigan joined with the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators from 49 states to announce a settlement with two sham cancer charities over allegations that the groups used millions of dollars in donations for personal use. The settlement concludes the largest joint charitable enforcement action by Madigan, the FTC and state regulators.

 

The settlement with Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CFA) and Cancer Support Services Inc. (CSS) will dissolve the national organizations and ban the head of the charities, James Reynolds II, from future charitable work. Madigan, the FTC and state regulators alleged CFA and CSS solicited donations under the guise that the funding would help cancer patients, but instead, the charities spent the overwhelming majority of donations for personal use, on their families and friends, and for fundraisers to raise more money for the organizations.

 

“This settlement puts an end to an egregious charitable deception,” said Madigan. “These charities defrauded donors and spent millions of dollars that should have gone to support cancer patients.”

 

The lawsuit was filed by Madigan, the FTC and state regulators in May 2015 and targeted four sham charities run by Reynolds and his family members that bilked more than $187 million from donors, of which more than $75 million was donated to CFA and CSS. The other two sham charities – Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc. (CCFOA) and The Breast Cancer Society Inc. (BCS) – settled in May 2015 for similar terms.

 

Under today’s settlement order, CFA and CSS will be permanently closed and their assets liquidated. Reynolds is banned from profiting from charity fundraising and nonprofit work and from serving as a charity’s director or trustee or otherwise managing charitable assets.

 

The order imposed a judgment against CFA, CSS, and Reynolds, jointly and severally, for $75,825,653, which was the amount consumers donated to CFA and CSS between 2008 and 2012. The judgment against CFA and CSS will be partially satisfied through the liquidation of their assets. The judgment against Reynolds will be suspended upon surrender of certain artwork, two pistols and the sale of a pontoon boat. The full judgment will become due immediately if he is found to have misrepresented his financial condition.

 

The other defendants in the case were the organizations’ chief financial officer and CSS’s former president, Kyle Effler; CCFOA and its president and executive director, Rose Perkins; and BCS and its executive director and former president, James Reynolds II. Under settlement orders, Effler, Perkins and Reynolds II were banned from fundraising, charity management, and oversight of charitable assets, and CCFOA and BCS are in receivership and will be dissolved after their assets are liquidated.

 

In filing today’s settlement, Attorney General Madigan urged consumers to review her office’s tips on Being an Informed Donor before donating to a charity.

 

Bureau Chief Therese Harris and Assistant Bureau Chief Barry Goldberg handled the cases for Madigan’s Charitable Trust Bureau.

 

 

 

FBI Warns of Rise in Schemes Targeting Businesses and Online Fraud of Financial Officers and Individuals

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FBI officials and various federal and local partners warn potential victims of the business e-mail compromise scam or “B.E.C.,” a scheme targeting American businesses that has resulted in massive financial losses. Officials also warn of scams targeting victims of online fraud, to include “Operation Romeo and Juliet,” a series of cases involving American victims who are targeted when they subscribe to online dating services.

The FBI and law enforcement partners worldwide have reported dramatic increases in schemes being carried out by criminal enterprises targeting businesses and individuals in online dating and job schemes, among others.

B.E.C. Scheme:

The main scheme is known as the business e-mail compromise scheme, or B.E.C. The scheme is also known as “CEO fraud” or the “man in the middle” scheme. B.E.C. is defined as a fraud targeting businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments. The scam is carried out when perpetrators compromise e-mail accounts through social engineering or through computer intrusion techniques to fraudulently direct electronic fund transfers.

There is no profile for victim businesses. Victims range from large corporations to tech companies, to small businesses, to non-profit organizations. The schemers conduct research to learn about the employees in a company who manage the money, as well as the protocol necessary to perform wire transfers within that business environment. In some cases, information is obtained through a phishing scheme. In others, businesses may be victims of ransomware or other cyber intrusion prior to the B.E.C attack.

Law enforcement globally has received complaints from victims in every U.S. state and in at least 79 countries. From October 2013 through February 2016, law enforcement received reports from 17,642 victims. This amounted to more than $2.3 billion in losses. The overwhelming majority of victims are located in the United States. Since January 2015, we have seen a 270 percent increase in identified victims and exposed loss.

In many cases, law enforcement cannot recover funds sent overseas and may not identify the perpetrator; therefore, education and prevention are stressed.

Romance/Online Scams:

A secondary scheme associated with B.E.C. affects victims in a much more personal way by targeting individuals for romance schemes and other online job scams. Of this subset of victims, law enforcement receives many complaints from individuals who have sought romance through online dating services, only to be convinced to either hand over money, or hand over their bank account information once they have been lied to about a relationship and have become emotionally attached. In most cases, the victims have never met the individual with whom they are communicating, but the bond they’ve established through a sophisticated grooming process can be very strong and very difficult to break.

Victims of these schemes are used as “money mules” by allowing their bank accounts to be used to transfer stolen funds. Sometimes they do this without realizing they are opening business accounts for fake corporations in their own name and that they are complicit in laundering illicit funds. These victims have lost their life savings, some have been charged criminally, and some have committed suicide based on the emotional suffering that takes place.

Tips for Businesses:

  • Your CFOs and employees handling monetary transactions are being targeted
  • Be cautious of requests for urgency and mimicked e-mail addresses
  • Practice multi-level authentication
  • Pick up the phone and verify legitimate business partners
  • If you’re defrauded, act quickly, contact your bank, and report to IC3.gov and law enforcement

Victims of Online Scams:

  • Do not send money to someone you have not met and have no reason to trust
  • Never provide your personal information, including your bank account information, to someone you do not know and trust

Operation Romeo and Juliet Victim Examples:

In one case, a California man, Tim, signed up for an online dating service after his mother passed away last year. The man had promised his mother that he would “find a good woman.” Within a short period of time, Tim found himself targeted by a romance scammer. Luckily, Tim worked with the FBI and helped to thwart the fraud before any transactions were made. With Tim’s assistance, a B.E.C. victim company located in Beverly Hills did not lose money. Tim’s cooperation led to the arrest on state charges of a money mule in the state of Georgia. Our Los Angeles Field Office is continuing to investigate this case and has not ruled out additional charges at the state or federal level.

Kathy, 83, met a man on a dating site and became engaged to be married, after a brief grooming process. The man had claimed to be a civil engineer from Washington State. Hodge ultimately convinced Kathy to wire him $23,000 to a bank account in Malaysia. Investigators believe the individual who defrauded Kathy is an impersonator of an actual identity theft victim with the same name. This case is also ongoing.

Versions of B.E.C. (aka Man in the Middle or CEO Fraud):

Version 1:

A business, which often has a long standing relationship with a supplier, is asked to wire funds for invoice payment to an alternate, fraudulent account. The request may be made via telephone, fax, or e-mail. If an e-mail is received, the subject will spoof the e-mail request so it appears very similar to a legitimate account and would take very close scrutiny to determine it was fraudulent. Likewise, if a facsimile or telephone call is received, it will closely mimic a legitimate request. This particular version has also been referred to as “the bogus invoice scheme,” “the supplier swindle,” and “invoice modification scheme.”

Version 2:

The e-mail accounts of high-level business executives (CFO, CTO, etc.) are compromised. The account may be spoofed or hacked. A request for a wire transfer from the compromised account is made to a second employee within the company who is normally responsible for processing these requests. In some instances a request for a wire transfer from the compromised account is sent directly to the financial institution with instructions to urgently send funds to bank “X” for reason “Y.” This particular version has also been referred to as “CEO fraud,” “business executive scam,” “masquerading,” and “financial industry wire frauds.”

Version 3:

An employee of a business has his/her personal e-mail hacked. Requests for invoice payments to fraudster-controlled bank accounts are sent from this employee’s personal e-mail to multiple vendors identified from this employee’s contact list. The business may not become aware of the fraudulent requests until they are contacted by their vendors to follow up on the status of their invoice payment.

Version 4:

A fourth version of this scam has recently been identified based on victim complaints. Victims report being contacted by fraudsters, who typically identify themselves as lawyers or representatives of law firms and claim to be handling confidential or time-sensitive matters. This contact may be made via either phone or e-mail. Victims may be pressured by the fraudster to act quickly or secretly in handling the transfer of funds. This type of B.E.C. scam may occur at the end of the business day or work week or be timed to coincide with the close of business of international financial institutions.

Version 5:

Based on complaint data submitted to IC3, B.E.C. victims recently reported receiving fraudulent e-mails requesting either all Wage or Tax Statement (W-2) forms or a company list of Personally Identifiable Information prior to a traditional BEC incident. These fraudulent requests are usually sent utilizing a business executive’s spoofed e-mail. The entity in the business organization responsible for the W-2 and/or PII, HR, bookkeeping or auditing section, is the targeted recipient of the fraudulent request. Victims report they have fallen for the W2-PII twist even if they were able to successfully identify and avoid the traditional B.E.C. incident. The B.E.C. W2-PII twist appears to be timed for the tax season. This new twist, at this time, does not appear to link with other tax scams.

Please visit fbi.gov or the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov to learn more about common schemes and tips for targeted victims.

Source: FBI

Illinois Secures Grant to Improve Career Pathways for Students

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State to develop plan to better align its education systems with business needs so all students are ready to thrive in the workforce  

 

SPRINGFIELD, ILThe Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed action plan to better prepare students for career success and, in turn, improve the economic opportunities available to all youth across the state.

“I am proud Illinois has been selected to receive this career readiness grant. The funds and resources will build upon our efforts to help more students access robust, quality career pathways in Illinois,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Students are better served when we are able to align programs in the classroom to high-skill, in-demand industries. These provide them with hands-on experience that can translate to a high-paying career.”

Illinois is among 24 states and the District of Columbia that secured grants for this work through phase 1 of the New Skills for Youth grant opportunity. These grants are one piece of a $75 million, five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Advance CTE. They are aimed at increasing economic opportunity for young people by strengthening career-focused education, starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with business needs.

Today, too many young people lack the education or training in high school and beyond that would put them on a track to qualify for these in-demand careers. By the age of 25, roughly only half of young Americans have a meaningful postsecondary credential that enables them to compete for good-paying jobs.

“Illinois is committed to raising engaged citizens with meaningful and rewarding careers. New Skills for Youth aligns with our existing initiatives to address college and career readiness within a holistic state system,” said Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis. “We are delighted to deepen our partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers and to take this opportunity to create more high-quality, career-oriented options for our children.”

Illinois has a solid structure and is a national leader in work connecting students to meaningful career credentials through structured pathways. For instance, ISBE, the Illinois Community College Board, the Department of Commerce, and the Office for Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois work together to define, align, and create quality high school and community college Programs of Study as they relate to the career pathways in each career cluster.

Furthermore, since 2011, Illinois agencies and businesses have partnered to implement the Illinois Pathways Initiative, which organizes and delivers sector-based support for career pathway implementation in eight high-growth industry sectors for the Illinois economy. Illinois Pathways includes the establishment of a six-agency committee by intergovernmental agreement for career pathways support. The program helps bridge gaps between secondary and postsecondary education through piloted bridge programs and assistance that reduce the need for remediation. In addition, legislation designed to reform school funding in Illinois includes a proposal to provide additional funding for career pathway participants.

Phase 1 of New Skills for Youth provides that Illinois and other selected states will each receive a $100,000 six-month grant, along with expert technical assistance and peer support from other grantees to perform a diagnostic assessment of their career preparation system and prepare for implementation of a new action plan. Illinois will be eligible to apply for the phase 2 grant opportunity, which will require states to demonstrate the commitment and capacity to execute the action plans developed in phase 1.

This grant opportunity builds on CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative, launched in 2015. The goal is to ensure that students are not only ready for college, but that all children graduate from high school prepared for in-demand careers.

For more information on the New Skills for Youth grant opportunity or CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative, visit www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Career_Readiness_Initiative.html.

 

President Obama Grants Commutations of Sentence to 61 Individuals

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 30, 2016, President Barack Obama granted commutation of sentence to 61 individuals.

The President granted commutations of sentence to the following 61 individuals:

  • Henry Claude Agnew – Miami, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Florida
    Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 24, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • David Lang Akana – Pahala, HI
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; District of Hawaii
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (February 15, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Robert Anthony Anderson – Louisville, KY
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, aiding and abetting; Western District of Kentucky
    Sentence: Life imprisonment (August 8, 1994)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

  • Marvin Bailey – Hollywood, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; aiding the travel in interstate commerce to promote the distribution of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of West Virginia
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; $25,000 fine (June 19, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017, and unpaid balance of the $25,000 fine remitted.

  • Bernard Beard – Compton, CA
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, and phencyclidine (PCP); felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; Central District of California
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 22, 2009)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Reginald Wendell Boyd, Jr. – Greensboro, NC
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine hydrochloride; carry a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Middle District of North Carolina
    Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (October 31, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Carmel Bretous – Miami, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to import at least five kilograms of cocaine; importation of five kilograms of cocaine; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Florida
    Sentence: 235 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (November 6, 2001)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Terry Brown – St. Louis, MO
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP); Eastern District of Missouri
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (July 7, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Willie Chevell Cameron – Panama City Beach, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, a mixture and substance containing cocaine, more than 50 grams of methamphetamine (actual) and more than 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine; Northern District of Florida
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 14, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Nathan Carter – Memphis, TN
    Offense:         1. Possession of 121 grams cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of

65.8 grams cocaine base with intent to distribute; Western District of Tennessee

2. Supervised release violation (attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine); Western District of Tennessee

Sentence:        1. Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 30, 1999)

2. 30 months’ imprisonment; 18 months’ supervised release; $10,000 fine (May 5, 1999)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence for both offenses commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Lewis Clay – College Park, GA
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of at least 50 grams of crack cocaine; possession of cocaine; Northern District of Georgia
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 1, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Manuel Colon – Springfield, MA
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; District of Massachusetts
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 25, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Alvin Cordell – Cincinnati, OH
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana; attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Southern District of Ohio
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; $50,000 fine (May 5, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017, and unpaid balance of the $50,000 fine remitted

  • Kevin County – New Orleans, LA
    Offense:         1. Distributing more than 100 grams of heroin; distributing less than 100

grams of heroin (two counts); Eastern District of Louisiana

2. Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride, distribution of cocaine base, distribution of cocaine hydrochloride, use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug crime; Eastern District of Louisiana

Sentence:        1. 151 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release (December 18, 2002)

2. 240 months’ imprisonment (concurrent); 10 years’ supervised release (March 26, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Nabar Moneek Criam – Brooklyn, NY
    Offense: Possessed with intent to distribute crack; possessed firearms during trafficking crime; Middle District of North Carolina
    Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (March 30, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Amos Embress Cyrus – Hemingway, SC
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base; supervised release violation (Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine); District of South Carolina
    Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (June 21, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Roy Lee Debose – Shreveport, LA
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine hydrochloride; conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Louisiana
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (September 18, 2000)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Dexter Lanoyd Dickens – Panama City, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine; distribution of a mixture or substance containing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (four counts); principal to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine; distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine; possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine; Northern District of Florida
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 17, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Andre Ester – Houston, TX
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; Southern District of Texas
    Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (October 25, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Christopher Tim Florence – Chapel Hill, NC
    Offense: Possessed with intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Middle District of North Carolina
    Sentence: 268 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (August 9, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Ian Kavanaugh Gavin – Eight Mile, AL
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; using/carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; Southern District of Alabama
    Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (March 8, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to four years of supervised release.

  • Isadore Gennings – Cincinnati, OH
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine; interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises; possession with intent to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine; Southern District of Ohio
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 14, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to five years of supervised release.

  • Lamont Durville Glass – Knoxville, TN
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; felon in possession of a firearm; Eastern District of Tennessee
    Sentence: 262 months’ imprisonment; eight years’ supervised release (January 9, 1998)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Vander Keith Gore – Little River, SC
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base, five kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, and less than 100 grams of heroin; District of South Carolina
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 30, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • George Michael Gray – Springfield, OR
    Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture, possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; manufacture of methamphetamine; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; possession of firearm in connection with drug trafficking offense; District of Oregon
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (July 3, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Curtis Greer – Rosenberg, TX
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base (two counts); Southern District of Texas
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $5,000 fine (August 21, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $5,000 fine remitted.

  • Jerome Harris, Jr. – Mobile, AL
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; use/carry/possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Southern District of Alabama
    Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 7, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Vernon Harris – Philadelphia, PA
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute; possession of firearm by convicted felon; Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (October 25, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Kenneth G. Harvey – Los Angeles, CA
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Western District of Missouri
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $10,000 fine (April 5, 1991)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Andrew Lee Holzendorf – South Bay, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Florida
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 14, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Tommy Howard – Cincinnati, OH
    Offense: Use of a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking offense; Southern District of Ohio
    Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (January 8, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Kenneth Isaacs – Little Rock, AR
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute hydromorphone; Eastern District of Arkansas
    Sentence: 180 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release (May 6, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Robert Lee Lane – Bradenton, FL
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 3, 1990)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Angela LaPlatney – Casper, WY
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute methamphetamine; concealing a person from arrest; District of Wyoming
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (February 17, 2005)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Anthony Lee Lewis – Tampa, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine; distribution of crack cocaine; possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine; convicted felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; Middle District of Florida
    Sentence: Life imprisonment (September 16, 1994)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

  • Herbert Lewis, Jr. – Okmulgee, OK
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute cocaine (two counts); Eastern District of Oklahoma
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $2,500 fine (March 7, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $2,500 fine remitted.

  • Byron Lamont McDade – Bowie, MD
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, aiding and abetting; District of Columbia
    Sentence: 324 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (May 29, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • John E. Milton, III – Baton Rouge, LA
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base; Middle District of Louisiana
    Sentence: 600 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $250,000 fine (April 3, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $250,000 fine remitted.

  • Gregory Morgan – Jonesboro, GA
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; Northern District of Georgia
    Sentence: 225 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (March 11, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Michael W. Morris – Fort Worth , TX
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute “crack” cocaine base; Southern District of Indiana
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 24, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and supervised release term commuted to five years of supervised release.

  • Larry Nokes – Quincy, IL
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute controlled substances; possession of a controlled substance; Central District of Illinois
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 10, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Wayne Parker – Miami, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base; Northern District of Florida
    Sentence: 420 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $1,500 fine (November 23, 1999); amended to 360 months’ imprisonment; six years’ supervised release; $1,500 fine (March 8, 2001)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Exdonovan Peak – Brooklyn, NY
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; Southern District of Mississippi
    Sentence: 365 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $12,000 fine (February 13, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $12,000 fine remitted.

  • Carol Denise Richardson – Texas City, TX
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base (incorrectly described in the judgment as cocaine); possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of cocaine base; Southern District of Texas
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (June 16, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Jose Ramon Rivera – Chicago, IL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin; distribution of heroin (two counts); Northern District of Illinois
    Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (November 10, 1993)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Ismael Rosa – Chicago, IL
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine (four counts); use of communication facility in commission of drug offense (two counts); Northern District of Illinois
    Sentence: Life imprisonment (August 8, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on March 30, 2017.

  • Melissa Ross – Daytona Beach, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and 50 grams or more of cocaine base; Middle District of Florida
    Sentence: 292 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $4,000 fine (June 11, 2002); amended to 240 months’ imprisonment (January 17, 2009)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016, and unpaid balance of the $4,000 fine remitted.

  • Jeffrey Sapp – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine; Southern District of Florida
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (January 24, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Robin Evette Shoulders – Louisville, KY
    Offense: Possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; Western District of Kentucky
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (December 16, 2002)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on September 26, 2016.

  • Eric Smith – Memphis, TN
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base; unlawfully maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing and using cocaine base; Western District of Tennessee
    Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 24, 1995)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Ernest Spiller – East St. Louis, IL
    Offense: Distribution of crack cocaine (two counts); maintaining a crack house; possession of a firearm in further of a drug trafficking crime; felon in possession of a firearm; Southern District of Illinois
    Sentence: 352 months’ imprisonment; three years’ supervised release; $1,000 fine (August 3, 2000)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Tairone Traniel Stanford – Buna, TX
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance – cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled substance – cocaine base; Eastern District of Texas
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 22, 1999)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Alohondra Rey Staton – Greenville, NC
    Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack); Eastern District of North Carolina
    Sentence: 360 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (August 21, 2001)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Corey R. Thomas – St. Louis, MO
    Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base (“crack”); Eastern District of Missouri
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (June 9, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Damion L. Tripp – Poplar Bluff, MO
    Offense: Possession with intent to distribute a substance containing 50 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute a substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana; Eastern District of Missouri
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 28, 2008)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Dwayne Twane Walker – Charlottesville, VA
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute cocaine base; Western District of Virginia
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release; $500 fine (May 27, 1997)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Jesse Webster – Chicago, IL
    Offense: Conspiracy; attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine (incorrectly listed on the judgment as conspiracy); filing false income tax return (two counts); Northern District of Illinois
    Sentence: Life imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $25,000 fine (March 21, 1996)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on September 26, 2016, and balance of the $25,000 fine remitted.

  • Shermaine Donnell Whitley – Charleston, SC
    Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base (“crack”); District of South Carolina
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (May 1, 2003)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Sammy Lee Woods – Aurora, CO
    Offense: Conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; use of a communications facility to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute 1.062 grams of cocaine base, aiding and abetting; District of Colorado
    Sentence: 240 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (April 21, 2004)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

  • Christopher Michael Wright – Elmira, OR
    Offense: Conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine; District of Oregon
    Sentence: 216 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release; $5,000 restitution (May 31, 2006)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

  • Michael A. Yandal – Murray, KY
    Offense: Possession with the intent to distribute approximately 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing cocaine base; possession with the intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; Western District of Kentucky
    Sentence: 195 months’ imprisonment; five years’ supervised release (April 24, 2007); amended to 180 months’ imprisonment (December 11, 2007)

Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on July 28, 2016.

 

National Lawyers Guild, Human Rights Activists Call for IRS Investigation into Charity Status of Jewish National Fund

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WASHINGTON DC  — Today, Palestinian Land Day, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) submitted a regulatory challenge to the IRS requesting an investigation into the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) on grounds of discrimination and contravention of U.S. policy.

In a legal complaint accompanying the regulatory challenge, the NLG outlined several reasons why the IRS should revoke the JNF’s tax-exempt status, including the fact that the organization  does not have a charitable purpose and engages in activities that violate US policy and international law. 

The regulatory challenge is part of a larger international Stop the JNF Campaign that seeks to end the JNF’s role in Israel’s continuing displacement of Palestinians. Efforts targeting the JNF are part of a growing boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. The campaign is calling for people to take part in Days of Action from March 30-April 18 (Tax Day) to pressure the IRS to respond to the regulatory challenge and launch an investigation into the JNF.

The JNF’s mandate is to promote racist and discriminatory policies such as forcibly displacing Palestinians from their lands to make way for Jewish-only housing developments, including inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders.. The JNF’s support for settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem also means its activities violate longstanding official  U.S. policies against settlements, as well as international law.

“The IRS has an obligation to revoke the JNF’s status because of its involvement in displacing Palestinian Bedouins from the Negev Desert and elsewhere, and because of its support for illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” said Andrew Dalack, one of the co-chairs of the NLG’s Palestine Subcommittee and member of the Guild’s International Committee. ”How can the IRS certify with a straight face that the JNF is organized for a charitable purpose when it engages in conduct that violates international law and well-established U.S. foreign policy?”

Founded in 1901, the JNF is a quasi-governmental Israeli agency that has played a major role in the dispossession of the Palestinians people, planting forests to help cover the reality of the more than 400 Palestinian towns and villages destroyed when Israel was created in 1948. Today the JNF continues to play an important role in the dispossession of Palestinians in both Israel and the occupied territories.

“The JNF and it’s Transfer Department was responsible for removing Palestinians from Palestine,” said Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications for American Muslims for Palestine. “And today the JNF is still planting forests to erase those depopulated Palestinian villages and helping to establish settlements on Palestinian land, in direct contravention of U.S policy and international law. They should not have tax-exempt status.”

The complaint was filed on Land Day because on this day Palestinians commemorate the day in 1976 when Israeli troops killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel who were peacefully protesting the appropriation of their land.

“For nearly 70 years Palestinians have been resisting Israel’s continued theft of our land,” said Nick Sous of the US Palestinian Community Network. “So many Palestinians have been directly impacted by Israel’s stealing their land with the support of the JNF and it is shameful that the IRS actually awards people who donate to support these illegal actions by allowing them to get a tax write-off.”

“One can find little blue JNF boxes in many Jewish households and so many of us put our pennies and dimes into them because we were told we were contributing money to a worthy cause,” said Sylvia Schwarz, of the Stop the JNF Campaign and a Fallen Donor. “We were not told that the JNF is instrumental in removing Palestinians from their homes and denying them their right of return. There is nothing charitable about this.”

DOWNLOAD THE LEGAL MEMO: Legal Complaint Regarding Violations of the Internal Revenue Laws by The Jewish National Fund. Read testimonials by Palestinians impacted by the JNF. Read testimonials by former donors to the JNF.

American Muslims for Palestine is a national grassroots organization dedicated to bringing the Palestinian narrative to the mainstream, national discourse. AMP experts are available for interviews and follow up questions. To schedule interviews, please contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications at 202.796.8417 or at media@ampalestine.org.

National Urban League to U.N.: Stop Unauthorized Use of Trademarked Logo

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NEW YORK –  The National Urban League has asked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to intervene in the U.N.’s ongoing illegal and unauthorized use of the National Urban League’s trademarked logo.

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said he was “absolutely surprised to learn that the United Nations began utilizing our logo without checking registrations in the United States patent or trademark office and then willfully refusing, despite voluntary requests to comply with our suggestion, to discontinue the use of our logo.”

Morial also has asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power for their assistance in protecting the trademark.The National Urban League has used the equal sign logo, since 1968 and obtained a federal registration for the logo in 1992.

The civil rights and social justice organization in December requested that the U.N. stop using the logo for its campaign for a sustainable development campaign. In a letter to the U.N.’s Office of Legal Counsel, the National Urban League wrote, “While we appreciate and commend your efforts, we believe that the use of NUL’s Mark in connection with your activities may cause confusion, cause mistake or deceive the consuming public as to the source, sponsorship, association or affiliation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development Campaign and serve to dilute the value of NUL’s Mark in violation of our rights under the Lanham Act.”

The Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act of 1946, is the federal statute that governs trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition.

As the U.N. has not complied, Morial has reached out to the Secretary-General.

“As a historic civil rights organization that serves those of economic and social disadvantage in this country with a focus on African Americans, our organization is well-known and our logo is well-socialized in this nation,” Morial wrote, “I am respectfully requesting your immediate intervention into this matter to avoid an embarrassment to the United Nations as well as to avoid the possibility of contentious and expensive litigation by the National Urban League against the United Nations.”

National Hellenic Museum Hosts Stanford University Scholar Josiah Ober

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 Josiah Ober, Stanford University Professor of Political Science and Classics, will have a  compelling conversation about the contemporary political and economic relevance of Ancient Greece as it relates to modern democracy.

 Ober works on historical institutionalism and political theory, focusing on the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world and its contemporary relevance. He is the author of a number of books mostly published by Princeton University Press, including “Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens” (1989), “Political Dissent in Democratic Athens” (2008), “Democracy and Knowledge” (2008). His new book on “The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece” argues that Greece’s rise was not a miracle but rather the result of political breakthroughs and economic development driven by the extraordinary emergence of citizen-centered city-states that transformed Greece into a society that defeated the mighty Persian Empire. He will discuss how ancient Greek politics can help us transcend the democratic dilemmas that confront the world today.

The event will be held Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, from  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 Introductory Remarks by Dr. Jonathan Elmer, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and English Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

This lecture is one of a series of events in support of The Greeks exhibition at The Field Museum. The rise and fall of Ancient Greece offers powerful lessons for modern society. Combining a history of Athens with contemporary theories of collective action and rational choice developed by economists and political scientists, Ober will examine Athenian democracy’s unique contribution to the ancient Greek city-state’s remarkable success.

Tickets available at https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/calendar/democracy-and-knowledge/

Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the sleek 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum at 333. S. Halsted St. is both contemporary and timeless, connecting all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. The National Hellenic Museum, previously known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, has been fulfilling this mission since 1983.

For more information, visit http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.

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Karen Reimer’s Latest Exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center “Shoretime Spaceline” Explores the History of The Art Center’s Site

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 Karen Reimer, Shoretime Spaceline (detail), 2016, hand-dyed fabric, dimensions variable


Exhibition Opens May 21 with a Reception on May 22 at 3 p.m. 

CHICAGO, ILHyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., welcomes back artist Karen Reimer for a solo exhibition at the Art Center, “Shoretime Spaceline,” in Gallery 1 May 21 through August 13, 2016. Reimer will create a site-specific installation to explore the history of the Art Center’s current location adjacent to the lakefront. Once the Chicago Beach Hotel, which catered to visitors to the 1893 Columbian Exhibition, the land surrounding the Art Center is rumored to be reclaimed from dredged sand from Lake Michigan. In emulation of this gesture, Reimer will use everyday materials to create simple interventions into the building, including filling the gallery floor with 40 tons of sand. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m.

More than 200 yards of hand-dyed blue fabric will divide the gallery into parts not visible simultaneously. For visitors who enter the installation on the lower levels, the fabric acts as the blue sky above a sandy beach. From the catwalk above, the fabric, with elaborate stitching, will represent the rippling lake. The installation will confuse and conflate time and space, where directions are reversed and present experiences are based on a fictional past.

Reimer’s installation will be an immersive environment that engages the senses. The installation will also feature a fresh-cut wooden boardwalk hand-milled by artist Bryan Saner from reclaimed South Side trees. These trees once shared time and space with the Chicago Beach Hotel and create a pathway that conceptually combines past and present through materiality. Visitors to the lower level are encouraged to walk off the boardwalk and feel the sand between their toes or relax beneath one of the many umbrellas set up along the way.

According to Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibition & Residency Programs at Hyde Park Art Center, “Karen masterfully transforms rigid architecture or mathematical concepts into tangible structures that we can inhabit and relate to. Her precise selection of found textiles and materials add another layer of history and context to the installation that bend and flip our contemporary understanding of ‘place-making.’”

About Karen Reimer

Karen Reimer received a Master of Fine Art from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Art from Bethel College. Reimer is a longtime Chicago artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous spaces including the Memphis College of Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland), Kohler Art Center, De Appel Art Center (Amsterdam), and locally at the Chicago Cultural Center and Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago) to name a few. In 2001, Reimer collaborated with Constance Bacon on a large, site-specific installation titled “Cold Comfort” at Hyde Park Art Center’s facility, then located at the former Del Prado Hotel, 5307 Hyde Park Blvd. Karen Reimer is currently represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. The Art Center is funded in part by: Allstate Insurance Company; Alphawood Foundation; Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts; Bank of America; Bloomberg Philanthropies; a CityArts grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Crown Family Philanthropies; David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Irving Harris Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Joyce Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; The Reva and David Logan Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.

#SchoolsNotJails Action to Close Youth Prisons in Solidarity with Calls to #ShutDownChi

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Organizers demand Gov. Rauner close youth prisons and reinvest funding into communities most impacted by youth incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline.

 

CHICAGO, IL  – On April 1st, join young organizers at 2 PM for an action at the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) Chicago, 136 N. Western Ave, in solidarity with calls to shut down Chicago and #FightForFunding in our communities. The group plans to join the 4 P.M. mass rally at the Thompson Center after leaving IYC.

Organizers of the solidarity action say we can secure more funding for the things that matter most by closing youth prisons across Illinois. Governor Rauner has recommended the closure of Kewanee prison. Project NIA supports this and wants the funds to be reinvested in our communities.

On April 1st Chicago will “stand up to Rahm Emanuel, Governor Rauner and their cohort of corporate conspirators who are working to protect the rich while implementing massive cuts intent on destroying our communities, disproportionately impacting black and brown lives,” says the Facebook event post for this action.

Organizer say they hope young people will join them April 1st to make it clear that Chicago needs schools, not jails; education, not incarceration; and no youth in prison.

This action is co-sponsored with:
Assata’s Daughters
Black Lives Matter – Chicago
Brown People for Black Power
Chicago Freedom School
Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Young Women and Girls
Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites
For the People Artists Collective

Launched in 2009, Project NIA is an advocacy, organizing, popular education, research, and capacity-building center with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. We believe that several simultaneous approaches are necessary in order to develop and sustain community-based alternatives to the system of policing and incarceration. Our mission is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime and to instead promote the use of restorative and transformative practices, a concept that relies on community-based alternatives.

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