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The Real Reason Why America Still has a Race Relations Problem

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By Attorney Roy Miller

Black Lives Matter protesting

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – When you begin building a structure that tilts from the ground up, like the leaning Tower of Pisa, it can never be made perfect, but will forever remain in its skewed position without falling. Race relations in America can never be ameliorated because of the founding document that undergirds U.S. laws. Although there is a lot of racial turmoil in America today, most Americans may want better race relations, but our laws prevent progress while at the same time aid the wishes of diehard racists.

 
The United States is constrained by the Paris Treaty of 1783, which gave America its independence when the Revolutionary War ended. The Paris Treaty was an agreement between the United States and England, but involved a host of other European nations. The United States can never make laws that conflict with the intent of the Paris Treaty, which is at the root of race relation problems in America. It is the foundation of our Constitution and an agreement that our Constitution can never breach.

 
The Paris Treaty and the U.S. Constitution combined are only a few pages long, but together they have been the genesis of large libraries filled with books, court rulings and laws. Because the Paris Treaty and the U.S. Constitution are “Documents of Implications” they imply policies based on what the Powers That Be deem to be expedient.

 
The Paris Treaty, which divides people by race, is still in effect. In it slaves were defined as property under the 7th Article, which states All prisoners on Both sides shall be set at Liberty and his Britanic Majesty shall with all convenient speed, and without causing any Destruction or carrying away any Negroes or other Property of the American inhabitants. Implying that Negroes were property placed an inferiority label on the African American race and also amounted to a forever inheritance of superiority to one race over another.

 
We know that the United States recognizes Native Americans as nations with designated territories and boundary lines. Thus Native Americans were forcibly made into a government- recognized nation by the United States according to the European definition. This was justification for America to conquer them and maintain ongoing treaties between nations. The Cambridge English Dictionary describes a treaty as a written agreement between two or more countries, formally approved and signed by their leaders: Such treaties would legally concede property and place Native Americans as inferior and subject to compliance with United States laws and forced civilization. Examples of such treaties are the 1778 Treaty with The Delawares, Article VI and the 1791 Treaty with the Cherokee, Article III.

 
America related to African Americans through their slave status and to Native Americans through forced nationhood and treaties, setting the stage for the flawed race relations that exist today. Indeed America could have healthier race relations, but the U.S. does not have the independent power to cure its racism. To violate the Paris Treaty would have international consequences because many nations prosper from the Golden Goose called the United States of America.

 
Our Preamble’s designation of “We the People” includes all other races except the Black American and the Native American in order to stay in compliance with the Paris Treaty. We The People” can never include African Americans as equal therefore various forms of “Separate but Equal” type laws and divisive Constitutional amendments, based on race are used as justification.

 
America is a machine programmed for poor race relations and we cannot fix a machine that does not belong to us. America belongs to international investors who went along with injustice for the reward. I have examined the machine, but a cure is not an option for those who do did not retain the power to cure the illness of racism.
Today we see a malnourished plant called good race relations languish in fallow ground and wonder what’s wrong. To find a cure, we must first look beneath the surface and examine the root. For America, that would mean changing the wording of our Constitution and our laws to make it clear that every citizen is to be treated the same, and all laws implying difference in races should be modified to make it clear that every citizen of the United States of America is included in “We The People.” Then we can begin to fix Americas flawed racial equality system.

 
Attorney Roy Miller is best known as the first and only person to have the n-word removed from a major dictionary. He can be contacted at attorneymiller99@aol.com or by calling (478) 745-2402.

Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Correctional Officer

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Florence, South Carolina —- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that  Enrique Lombrana-Perez has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, SC, to assaulting a federal correctional officer, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 111(a)(1).  United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the guilty plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that on February 23, 2015, Lombrana-Perez, while an inmate at FCI Williamsburg refused an order to change cells and started an altercation with the correctional officer.  During the altercation, Lombrana-Perez struck the officer in the face.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty for assaulting a correctional officer is imprisonment for 8 years and/or a fine of $250,000.00

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Assistant United States Attorney A. Bradley Parham of the Florence office is prosecuting the case.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

State of Illinois Reverses Denial – Permit Granted! for March 2

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In response to an appeal and a public outcry, the State of Illinois has now granted a permit for the special event, “Stolen Lives Families Demand Justice” to be held on March 2, 2016 at the Thompson Center on the concourse level from noon to 1pm sponsored by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN).  This is a very important victory and all those who want to see an end to police murder should be there on Wednesday.

Last week, the State of Illinois denied this permit.  Many people – ministers, students, activists and the families of those whose loved ones were murdered by police were outraged that this event would be denied a public space indoors to conduct their program.  SMIN wants to thank all those who called and wrote the state to reverse their decision as well as the attorneys who offered counsel in crafting the appeal of the denial.

March 2 is a Day of Resistance to Stop Police Murder: Which Side Are You On? Indict all the Murdering Cops and All Those Who Are Part of the Cover-ups, Send Them All to Jail!

There are two major actions on March 2:

12 noon to 1pm: “Stolen Lives” Families Demand Justice.  This event calls on people to join with the families whose loved ones were killed by the police to dramatically bring to life the humanity of those lives through song, testimony, poetry and visual images.  This event will be held downstairs, on the concourse level (near the food court) inside the State of Illinois building (Thompson Center) at Clark & Randolph in downtown Chicago. 

3 pm to 6pmNo Business as UsualMeet up at State and Jackson, downtown Chicago.  People will gather for an action “no business as usual as long as the business of usual is cops killing people with impunity.” At this event, organizers plan to disrupt the evening rush hour.

March 2 will mark 500 days since the police murder of Laquan McDonald. In the three months since the video of the execution of Laquan was forced into the light of day, there has been video after video of street executions by police, the tasing of prisoners to death in jail, the story of the police double murder on the morning after Christmas, cover-ups reaching to the very top, and threats and slanders against families who have bravely spoken out amid tears and rage. Then the cop who killed Quintonio Legrier counterattacked by suing his family because supposedly he, the cop, suffered emotional trauma after gunning down the 21-year-old college student!

The reign of unpunished police terror and murder continues, and the question before everyone is what is gonna be done?  Which side are you on?

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

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

@StopMassIncChi
 
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

Senator Kirk: ISIS Has Infiltrated Refugee Program in Europe

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Senator Kirk Statement on Confirmation That ISIS Has Infiltrated Refugee Program in Europe

Gen. Breedlove Testified that Refugee Programs are “Masking the Movement” of Terrorists

Kirk Has Repeatedly Called on Administration to Pause Refugee Program Until Security Gaps are Addressed

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the below statement after the top U.S. general in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, Commander of U.S. European Command (EUCOM), testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that ISIS is currently “masking the movement” of terrorists into Europe. At least two of the ISIS terrorists involved in the November 13th attacks in Paris, France, entered Europe by infiltrating refugee flows, and since September 11, 2001, 15 individuals who entered the U.S. via refugee programs have been involved in terror-related cases.

“General Breedlove reiterated today what U.S. intelligence officials have confirmed – ISIS has Syrian passport machines and are actively utilizing refugee flows throughout Europe. The gaps in our screening process leave Americans at risk when we ignore these warnings, so we should pause the Syrian refugee program until security officials can certify the men and women entering this country do not mean us harm.”

BACKGROUND:

  • Senator Kirk, with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), introduced the Defend America Act (S. 2435) to prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee programs by thoroughly screening all refugee and immigrant visa applicants for any pro-terrorist social media or other support to terrorist groups like ISIS.
  • On January 20, Senator Kirk proposed three amendments to the American SAFE Act. Similar to the policies included in S. 2435, the amendments would prevent terrorist infiltration of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee program and strengthen the vetting process for refugees by requiring the screening of applicants for pro-terrorism social media. The Administration currently does not comprehensively screen social media posts of those applying for immigrant visas or for entry into the United States through refugee programs.
  • ISIS has created a whole “industry” producing fake passports according to a recent ABC News report.
  • A Homeland Security Investigations Intelligence Report said that ISIS has access to a passport printing machine and blank passports.
  • Two Iraqi refugees were arrested in 2016 in an ongoing terrorism investigation, one of whom pledged allegiance on social media to various terrorist organizations.
  • Two al Qaeda terrorist bomb-makers infiltrated the Iraqi refugee program to resettle in Kentucky in 2009.
  • Current Administration policy reportedly blocks authorities from screening visa applicants for pro-terrorist social media.
  • At least two of the ISIS terrorists involved in the November 13th attacks in Paris, France, entered Europe by infiltrating refugee flows.

President Preckwinkle Announces National Accreditation For Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office

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Recognition Follows Operational Changes, Added Staffing and Technological Upgrades

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the County Medical Examiner’s Office has been awarded full accreditation by the National Association of Medical Examiners, known as NAME.

Full accreditation recognizes that the office has met or exceeds national standards in key areas of operations, staffing and procedures.

The professional recognition comes just over three years after President Preckwinke and Dr. Stephen Cina, the Chief Cook County Medical Examiner, vowed to attain the national accreditation. Two years ago, the Office was given provisional accreditation by NAME.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that for the first time since 2011, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has achieved full accreditation,” President Preckwinkle said. “This announcement speaks to the institutional integrity of the Medical Examiner’s office but most importantly, it should serve as an assurance to those whose loved ones pass through the Medical Examiner’s Office that the deceased are treated with dignity, care and respect.”

Dr. Cina was hired in September 2012. Since then, Preckwinkle said he has instituted new policies and procedures, raised expectations of employee performance, upgraded operations and technology, and brought a culture of change to the office.

The County has also invested in the office through additional staffing and equipment. A $1.4 million state-of-the-art cooler has replaced 30-year-old infrastructure and the office now uses a $900,000 cutting-edge, cloud-based case management system that tracks each case from the moment it’s called into the office until the decedent is released to a funeral home.

“With the support of President Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners, our office has met the standards set by NAME for full accreditation, the most rigorous criteria in the country for a medicolegal death investigation system,” Dr. Cina said. “We have done this in a fiscally responsible manner, adding new technology and staffing, while still operating at a budgetary level that is more than $5 million below what is expected for a NAME-accredited office serving a population of over five million people.”

Full national accreditation reinforces the institutional integrity of the Medical Examiner’s office.

It also:

·         Inspires public confidence that best practices are in place and are being followed.

·         Provides credibility when Dr. Cina or another one of our pathologists has to testify in court.

·         Demonstrates that key standards and measures are being followed to ensure that pathologists’ caseloads allow for quality work.

·         Puts us into play for grant funding and sustains our fellowship program.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is now the only medical examiner’s or coroner’s office in Illinois to have full NAME accreditation, said Dr. David Fowler, president of NAME and the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.

“Would you take your family to a non-accredited hospital or an unlicensed physician? The ME’s office is no different. It is a 24-hour emergency medical system and should be held to similar standards,” Dr. Fowler said. “Achieving accreditation shows your commitment to ensure that your population is receiving the best care possible.”

Dr. Cina vows his office will maintain its accreditation and continue to be a leader in the field of forensic pathology and medicolegal investigation.

“Every day we strive to improve and recommit ourselves to exceptional patient care, compassionate customer service, integration of state-of-the-art forensic science modalities, improving public health and fostering a spirit of professionalism, dignity and respect for the deceased within our office,” Dr. Cina said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office investigates more than 5,000 cases per year and performed nearly 3,000 autopsies in 2015.

Medical Equipment Company Will Pay $646 Million for Making Illegal Payments to Doctors and Hospitals in United States and Latin America

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Olympus Corp. of the Americas, Nation’s Largest Distributor of Endoscopes, Also Agrees to Reforms and Subsidiary Admits to Foreign Bribery

The United States’ largest distributor of endoscopes and related equipment will pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department’s Civil Division announced today.  U.S. Attorney Fishman and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division also announced that a subsidiary of the distributor will pay $22.8 million to resolve criminal charges relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in Latin America.

Anti-Kickback Statute Violations

Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in Newark, New Jersey, federal court with conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS), which prohibits payments to induce purchases paid for by federal health care programs.  OCA has entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) that will allow it to avoid conviction if it complies with the reform and compliance requirements outlined in the agreement.

“For years, Olympus Corporation of the Americas and Olympus Latin America dropped the compliance ball and failed to have in place policies and practices that would have prevented the substantial kickbacks and bribes they paid,” said U.S. Attorney Fishman. “It is appropriate that they be punished for that.  At the same time, the deferred prosecution agreement takes into account the companies’ cooperation and commitment to fully functional corporate compliance.”

As a result of the conduct outlined in the government’s criminal complaint and DPA, OCA has agreed to pay a $312.4 million criminal penalty and an additional $310.8 million to settle civil claims under the federal and various state False Claims Acts, the largest total amount paid in U.S. history for violations involving the AKS by a medical device company.

“The Department of Justice has longstanding concerns about improper financial relationships between medical device manufacturers and the health care providers who prescribe or use their products,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mizer.  “Such relationships can improperly influence a provider’s judgment about a patient’s health care needs, result in the use of inferior or overpriced equipment, and drive up health care costs for everybody.  In addition to yielding a substantial recovery for taxpayers, this settlement should send a clear message that we will not tolerate these types of abusive arrangements, and the pernicious effects they can have on our health care system.”

In a separate DPA, Olympus Latin America Inc. (OLA), a subsidiary of OCA, will pay a $22.8 million criminal penalty for violations of the FCPA.

The criminal complaint against OCA, which OCA agrees is true, charges that OCA won new business and rewarded sales by giving doctors and hospitals kickbacks, including consulting payments, foreign travel, lavish meals, millions of dollars in grants and free endoscopes.  For example:

  • OCA gave a hospital a $5,000 grant to facilitate a $750,000 sale;
  • OCA held up a $50,000 research grant until a second hospital signed a deal to purchase Olympus equipment;
  • OCA paid for a trip for three doctors to travel to Japan in 2007 as a quid pro quo for their hospital’s decision to switch from a competitor to Olympus; and
  • a doctor with a major role in a New York medical center’s buying decisions received free use of $400,000 in equipment for his private practice.

These and other kickbacks helped OCA obtain more than $600 million in sales and realize gross profits of more than $230 million.

The criminal complaint alleges that the improper payments happened while Olympus lacked training and compliance programs.  Unlike other medical and surgical products companies, Olympus did not create the position of compliance officer until 2009 and did not hire an experienced compliance professional until August 2010.

The DPA requires OCA to adopt several compliance measures to remedy its problems:

  • OCA must enhance its compliance training and maintain an effective compliance program;
  • OCA must maintain a confidential hotline and website for OCA employees and customers to report wrongdoing;
  • OCA’s chief executive officer and board of directors must certify annually that the program is effective; and
  • OCA must adopt an executive financial recoupment program requiring executives who engage in misconduct or fail to promote compliance to forfeit up to three years of performance pay.

Larry Mackey, a former federal prosecutor best known for trying the Oklahoma City bombing cases, has been selected as an independent monitor to evaluate and oversee Olympus’ compliance with the DPA.  He was selected by U.S. Attorney Fishman under department guidelines and approved by the Deputy Attorney General.  The DPA and monitor will remain in place for three years and can be extended for another two years if Olympus violates the DPA.

In the civil settlement, Olympus agrees to pay $310.8 million to the federal government and the states to resolve claims that Olympus’s payment of kickbacks caused false claims to be submitted to federal health care programs Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE, and thus violated not only the AKS but also the federal and various state False Claims Acts.  The federal share of the civil settlement is $267,288,323, and Olympus will pay $43,512,053 million to participating states that contributed to the falsely claimed Medicaid payments at issue.

The civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by John Slowik, the former chief compliance officer of OCA, in the District of New Jersey, under the federal and various state False Claims Acts.  The acts permit whistleblowers to file suit for false claims against the government entities and to share in any recovery.  Mr. Slowik will receive $44,102, 573 million from the federal share and $7 million from the state share of the civil settlement amount.

FCPA Violations

In a separate criminal complaint filed today in Newark federal court, OCA’s Miami-based subsidiary OLA was charged with FCPA violations in connection with improper payments to health officials in Central and South America, and OLA entered into a separate three-year DPA.  According to court documents, from 2006 until August 2011, OLA implemented a plan to increase medical equipment sales in Central and South America by providing payments to health care practitioners at government-owned health care facilities.  These payments included cash, money transfers, personal grants, personal travel and free or heavily discounted equipment.  The primary method to deliver these illicit benefits was through “training centers,” nominally set up to educate and train doctors, but which OLA used to provide benefits to pre-selected practitioners.  OLA and its conspirators paid nearly $3 million to practitioners to induce the purchase of Olympus products and recognized more than $7.5 million in profits as a result.

“Olympus Latin America admitted to bribing publicly employed health care providers and hospital officials across Central and South America so that it could illegally win business and sell its products,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bitkower.  “OLA’s illegal tactics in Central and South America mirrored Olympus’s conduct in the United States.  The FCPA resolution announced today demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the health-care equipment market, regardless whether the illegal bribes occur in the U.S. or abroad.”

OLA entered into the DPA with the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey.  The agreement requires OLA to pay a criminal penalty of $22.8 million, retain the same compliance monitor as for OLA (Mr. Mackey) for a period of three years and implement a number of compliance measures.  The department reached this resolution based on a number of factors, including that OLA did not voluntarily disclose the misconduct in a timely manner, but OLA did receive credit of a 20 percent reduction on its penalty for its cooperation, including its extensive internal investigation, translation of numerous foreign language documents and collecting, analyzing and organizing voluminous evidence.

Corporate Integrity Agreement

In addition to the criminal and civil resolutions, Olympus executed a corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).  The CIA details the compliance program OCA must maintain, which must include:

  • compliance responsibilities for OCA management and the board of directors;
  • a health care compliance code of conduct that includes certain standards;
  • training and education that includes specified standards;
  • requirements for consulting arrangements, grants and charitable contributions, management of field assets and review of travel expenses;
  • risk assessment and mitigation process; and
  • review procedures for testing the compliance program.

“Olympus Corp. of the Americas’ and its subsidiaries’ greed-fueled kickback scheme threatened the impartiality of medical decision-making and the financial integrity of Medicare and Medicaid,” said Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).  “Working with our law enforcement partners, we remain vigilant and committed to protecting beneficiaries and taxpayers from those seeking to unlawfully enrich themselves.”

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey prosecuted the criminal case under the AKS against Olympus and, with the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, reached the civil settlement.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey and the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section prosecuted the criminal case under the FCPA against OLA.  The HHS Office of Counsel to the Inspector General, the FBI, HHS-OIG Office of Criminal Investigations and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units provided assistance.

The FBI’s Newark Field Office, HHS-OIG and the FBI Allentown, Pennsylvania, Field Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. David Walk Jr. and Deborah J. Gannett of the District of New Jersey’s Health Care and Government Fraud Unit in Newark represented the government in the AKS criminal prosecution.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David E. Dauenheimer of the District of New Jersey and Senior Trial Counsel David T. Cohen of the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch represented the government in the prosecution of the civil case.  Mary Riordan and Nicole Caucci of the HHS-OIG negotiated the CIA.

Fraud Section Trial Attorney James P. McDonald and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Walk and Gannett prosecuted the FCPA case.  The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in this matter.

U.S. Attorney Fishman reorganized the health care fraud practice at the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of New Jersey, including creating a stand-alone Health Care and Government Fraud Unit, which handles both criminal and civil investigations and prosecutions of health care fraud offenses.  Since 2010, the office has recovered more than $1.29 billion in health care fraud and government fraud settlements, judgments, fines, restitution and forfeiture under the False Claims Act, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and other statutes.

This settlement illustrates the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud and marks another achievement for the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) initiative, which was announced in May 2009 by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  The partnership between the two departments has focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid financial fraud through enhanced cooperation.  One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act.  Since January 2009, the Justice Department has recovered a total of more than $27.4 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than $17.4 billion of that amount recovered in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs.

Source: U.S. Attorney Office

2016 Food Tank Summit Speakers Announced

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70+ Food and Agriculture’s Leading Experts to Speak at Upcoming Two-Day Summit

 

Food Tank, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, & University of Chicago Booth School of Business Host Summit November 16 & 17, 2016

Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com), in partnership with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will hold a two-day summit, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 and Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9AM-5PM. The Summit will take place in the Gleacher Center at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The event will bring together more than 70+ expert speakers who are among the top leaders across all sectors of the food industry, including business, government, and elected officials; nonprofit groups; farmers’ organizations; unions; funders; chefs; and more. Each panel will be moderated by an expert journalist or food advocate.

Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for interactive panels on topics that include nutrient density, investing in the food movement, chefs leading the food movement, farmers innovating agriculture in the midwest, and food justice among other topics. The entire two-day event will be live streamed on www.FoodTank.com.

This event will sell out. Confirmed speakers include (in alphabetical order – many more to be announced soon):

  • Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

  • Rick Bayless, Chef and Founder, Frontera Grill and Frontera Farmer Foundation

  • Cara Cummings, Executive Director, The Land Connection

  • Ariane Daguin, Founder and CEO, D’Artagnan

  • Bill Daley, Food Writer and Columnist, Chicago Tribune

  • Monica Eng, Producer, WBEZ Chicago Public Media

  • Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University; President of the Board, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

  • Karen Lehman, Director, Fresh Taste

  • Becky Liscum, Founder and Publisher, Edible Chicago

  • David MacLennan, Chairman and CEO, Cargill

  • Juliette Majot, President, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

  • Angela Mason, Associate Vice President, Urban Agriculture/Windy City Harvest, Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Jeanne Nolan, Founder, The Organic Gardener

  • Denise O’Brien, Founder, Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN)

  • Jonathan Pereira, Executive Director, Plant Chicago

  • Harry Rhodes, Executive Director, Growing Home

  • Natalie Shmulik, Food Incubator Consultant, The Hatchery

  • Jim Slama, Founder and President, FamilyFarmed.org

Sponsors include; Niman Ranch; Organic Valley; and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition. More to be announced soon.

Last year’s first annual Food Tank Summit in partnership with the George Washington University brought together 400 in-person attendees (completely sold out) from more than 25 states and waiting list of more than 1,500 people. There were an additional 15,520 livestream participants from more than 125 countries. 70+ expert speakers in food and agriculture presented and 11 top food journalists were stage as panel moderators from major media outlets including National Public Radio, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Voice of America, Politico, and more. This year, Food Tank is quadrupling our reach by hosting additional summits in Washington, D.C., Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Sacramento, CA.

WHO: 70 expert speakers who are among the top leaders across all sectors of the food industry
WHAT: Two-Day Summit hosted by Food Tank, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 and Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9AM-5PM. For more information: http://foodtanksummit.com/chicago
WHERE: Gleacher Center 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

About Food Tank
Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com) is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty. Food Tank also creates networks of people, organizations, and content that push for food system change.

About University of Chicago Booth School of Business
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is the second-oldest school in the U.S.—and second to none when it comes to influencing business education and business practices. The deans and professional staff strive to provide the best business education experience in the world with the expert advice and assistance of many devoted alumni and students.

About Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. The Council is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.

A limited number of press passes are available. Contact the info above to receive a promotional code for free entry.

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Danielle Nierenberg
President, Food Tank
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Links Hall Receives Prestigious MacArthur Award for Extraordinary Creativity and Effectiveness

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CHICAGO, IL – Links Hall was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The Award recognizes exceptional nonprofit organizations who have demonstrated creativity and impact, and invests in their long-term sustainability with sizable one-time grants.

“Receiving the MacArthur Award, alongside so many wonderful organizations dedicated to Chicago’s vibrant arts ecosystem, is a huge vote of confidence in the risk-taking artists we serve,” said Links Hall’s Director Roell Schmidt. “Links exists to provide space, time and support for artists and the Award is providing Links with breathing room, planning time and institutional support to ensure that we can continue to exist far into the future.”

Links Hall makes possible the work of nearly 750 Chicago artists and arts organizations every year.We support performing artists by providing residencies, performance and curation opportunities, professional development and trainings, and financial assistance, such as low¬cost rental space and fiscal sponsorships.

Since 1978, Links Hall has been Chicago’s go¬to resource for daring, exploratory, and improvisational performance and has a growing international reputation as an incubator for original multidisplinary performing arts. Our programming fosters independent new work, its network provides artists new peers and mentors, and its community engagement generates public dialogues about the issues of our times.

Links Hall will use the $200,000 that accompanies the Award to increase its cash reserve and dedicate a small portion to underwrite critical technology infrastructure and facility upgrades.

The award has been presented annually since 2006 to organizations across the country and around the world that demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness. This year’s 14 recipients are drawn exclusively from Chicago’s diverse arts and culture community in order to strengthen the city’s vibrant cultural life and underscore the Foundation’s commitment to its hometown. Each year, MacArthur supports more than 300 arts and culture group in Chicago, awarding more than $10 million in grants, mostly through general operating support.

“These superbly imaginative organizations exemplify Chicago’s thriving arts and culture community, which is vibrant and economically vital to the region,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch. “Support for these diverse and leading organizations reflects our enduring commitment to Chicago and to its cultural life that enriches us all.”

According to MacArthur, the Award is not only recognition for past leadership and success but also an investment in the future. For these Awards, the Foundation does not seek or accept nominations. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur’s core programs.

Additional information about this year’s MacArthur Awards is at www.macfound.org/MacAward.

A Day in the Life of Links Hall
A Day in the Life of Links Hall

 Links Hall is located at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 convenient to the Belmont/Clyborn & Western CTA Bus Stop in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood. The former viaduct lot at Western and Belmont will be available to Constellation audience. For more information call 773.281.0824 or visit www.LinksHall.org

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts.

Links Hall is supported by Alphawood Foundation, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation, City of Chicago, Creative Capital Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Boeing Company, A CityArts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Performance Network, Puppet Slam Network, TicketFly, Weasel Fund and many, many generous individuals.

Tony Award-Winner Christopher Gattelli to Choreograph War Paint, a New Musical Starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, Premiering at Goodman Theatre This Summer

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War Paint runs June 28 – August 7, 2016. Tickets are on sale now

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre announces veteran Broadway choreographer Christopher Gattelli will join the creative team of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy) and Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street). Gattelli, who won the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography in Newsies and whose work can currently be seen in the Coen Brothers’ film, Hail, Caesar! , returns to the Goodman where he choreographed Mary Zimmerman’s stage adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book (2013).  War Paint is a world premiere musical that reunites the creative team behind the musical Grey Gardens: composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, book writer Doug Wright, and director Michael Greif. The musical is inspired by the book, War Paint, by Lindy Woodhead, and the documentary film, The Powder & the Glory, by Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman.

War Paint runs June 28 – August 7, 2016 in the Goodman’s 856-seat Albert Theatre; opening night is Monday, July 18. Tickets ($25 – $125) go on sale next Friday, February 26 at 10am online ( GoodmanTheatre.org/WarPaint) and 12noon by phone: 312.443.3800. Group savings are available for parties of 15 or more; call 312.443.3820 or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. The Goodman is grateful for the generosity of its sponsors: Allstate Insurance Company and JPMorgan Chase are Major Corporate Sponsors and ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor.

In addition to Newsies, Christopher Gattelli’s Broadway choreography credits include The King and I (Tony Award nomination), Amazing Grace, South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Sunday in the Park with George, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Godspell, The Ritz, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, 13, High Fidelity and the upcoming SpongeBob the Musical. Off-Broadway credits include Dogfight (Lucille Lortel Award); Altar Boyz (Lucille Lortel and Calloway Awards, Drama Desk Award nomination); Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Award); tick, tick…BOOM!; 10 Million Miles; Adrift in Macao and I Love You Because. West End and London credits include South Pacific, Sunday in the Park with George and tick, tick…BOOM!. National and international tour credits include Newsies, Altar Boyz, Godspell, Grease and Pooh’s Perfect Day (world premiere by Disney Theatricals). He also choreographed South Pacific and the upcoming My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House. Regional credits include Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), Me and My Girl and O Henry’s Lovers (Goodspeed Opera House) and Tom Jones (North Shore Music Theatre). He directed and choreographed SILENCE! The Musical (Time Magazine’s Top 10 of 2011) off-Broadway, the world premiere of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and Radio Girl (Goodspeed Opera House), Departure Lounge (The Public Theater and New York Stage and Film’s Summer Series) and In Your Arms (New York Stage and Film and The Old Globe). Upcoming projects include Sponge Bob, The Musical for Broadway and My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House.

 

War Paint tells the story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole), who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.

 

Patti LuPone (Helena Rubinstein) most recently starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days, directed by Jerry Zaks, at Lincoln Center Theater. Her New York stage credits include Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (guest soloist with the NY City Ballet); Joanne in Company (NY Philharmonic); David Mamet’s The Anarchist; Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Gypsy (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards); John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations); Passion; Candide; Can Can; Noises Off; Sweeney Todd (NY Philharmonic); The Old Neighborhood; Master Class; Patti LuPone on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award); Pal Joey; Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award); Oliver!; Accidental Death of An Anarchist; The Woods;  Edmond; The Cradle Will Rock; Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards); Working; The Water Engine; and The Robber Bridegroom (Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations). London credits include Matters of the Heart, Master Class, Sunset Boulevard (Olivier Award nomination) and Les Misérables (Royal Shakespeare Company world premiere production) and The Cradle Will Rock (Olivier Award for both productions). Opera credits include Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back (San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, for the Los Angeles Opera), John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Brecht-Weill’s The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (LA  Opera debut) and Marc Blitzstein’s Regina (Kennedy Center). Films include Parker, Union Square, City by the Sea, David Mamet’s Heist and State and Main, Just Looking, Summer of Sam, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness. TV credits include Penny Dreadful, Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace, Passion, and Sweeney Todd, Oz, Monday Night Mayhem, Evening At the Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, Frasier (Emmy Award nomination), Law & Order, The Water Engine, L.B.J. and Life Goes On. Recordings, in addition to original cast recordings include Patti LuPone Live, Matters of the Heart, The Lady With The Torch, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches and Far Away Places. LuPone is a founding member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School and of John Houseman’s The Acting Company. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

 

Christine Ebersole (Elizabeth Arden), a native of Winnetka, received virtually every off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her dual performance as Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Other Broadway credits include her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the smash hit revival 42nd StreetDinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, I Love My Wife, Angel Street, Oklahoma, Camelot opposite Richard Burton, The Best Man and the recent revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, co-starring with Dame Angela Lansbury. She has starred in five City Center Encores! productions, and received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.  Ebersole has appeared in over 20 feature films including The Wolf Of Wall StreetAmadeus, Tootsie, Richie Rich, Black Sheep, My Favorite Martian, Dead Again, Folks!, True Crime, My Girl 2 and The Big Wedding, which also features an original composition that she wrote and sang for the end credits of the film. Her television credits include being a regular cast member of Saturday Night Live‘s 1981-82 season, the First Lady on the CBS hit show Madame Secretary, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtAmerican Horror Story: Coven, Royal Pains, three seasons of Sullivan and Son for TBS, Ugly Betty, Law and Order: SVU, Boston Legal, Will & Grace, and she starred as Tessie Tura  in the TV movie Gypsy with Bette Midler. Ebersole has performed in the concert version of the opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall, and she appeared with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall in a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. She performed at Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood starring as Desiree Armfeldt in a concert version of A Little Night Music with the Boston Pops. In televised concerts, she has often appeared on PBS, including her star turns in Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty. She has performed on the Kennedy Center Honors, for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Herman. As a recording artist, she has released several albums including Live at the Cinegrill, Sunday in New York, In Your Dreams,Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward and Strings Attached. christineebersole.com

 

About the Creative Team

Director Michael Greif’s Broadway credits include Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal and If/Then, as well as Never Gonna Dance, Grey Gardens and Rent. Recent work includes Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson’s musical Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage (also upcoming at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre), Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America at New York’s Signature Theater, the premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide. . at The Public Theater, and The Tempest, Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet at The Public’s Delacorte Theater.  Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown Theatre Festival (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center and Trinity Repertory Theatre. Work off-Broadway includes plays and musicals at The Public Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Compay, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Signature and the New York Theater Workshop, where he is an artistic associate.  Education: B.S. Northwestern; M.F.A. UCSD.

 

Michael Korie (lyrics) was nominated for a Tony Award and received an Outer Critics Circle Award for his lyrics to Grey Gardens, created with composer Scott Frankel, book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Greif, produced at Playwrights Horizons, and subsequently on Broadway, nationally and abroad. Grey Gardens premieres in January at London’s Southwark Playhouse. He wrote the lyrics to Far From Heaven with composer Frankel and playwright Richard Greenberg produced at Williamstown Festival, Playwrights Horizons and at Chicago’s Porchlight Theater later this season. Also with Frankel, lyrics to Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater, Meet Mister Future at Cardiff Festival, and Doll presented at Ravinia Festival. He co-wrote lyrics with Amy Powers to Doctor Zhivago produced internationally and on Broadway, and is currently collaborating on a new show with Tom Kitt and Donald Marguiles for Disney Theatricals. For opera, Korie adapted John Steinbeck’s novel for the libretto to The Grapes of Wrath, with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and created original librettos to operas with composer Stewart Wallace including Harvey Milk, Hopper’s Wife, Where’s Dick? and Kabbalah. Their operas have been produced at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, BAM Next Wave Festival, Carnegie Hall and Disney Los Angeles Symphony Hall. Korie’s lyrics have received the Edward Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. His songs with composer Frankel were featured at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Broadway Today. He serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild and moderates the Dramatist Guild Musical Theater Fellows Program. MichaelKorie.com.

Scott Frankel (music) was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his work on Grey Gardens, which ran at Playwrights Horizons before moving to Broadway. Since then, the show has been performed regularly across the country as well as internationally. He has also written the music for Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Finding Neverland (UK premiere, 2012), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), Doll (Ravinia Festival, Richard Rodgers Award) and Meet Mister Future (winner, Global Search for New Musicals), all with lyricist Michael Korie. Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He was the 2011-2012 Frances & William Schuman Fellow at The MacDowell Colony and is a graduate of Yale University.

 

Doug Wright (book) earned the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I Am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Award nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on a Hardbody. Film credits include Quills, based on his Obie Award-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television credits include Tony Bennett: An American Classic, directed by Rob Marshall. Honors include the Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa and the Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations include president of the Dramatists Guild; member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers; board of the New York Theatre Workshop. Wright is married to singer/songwriter David Clement.

 

Grammy-Nominated, Multi-Platinum Selling Artist, Producer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Akon Launches Zenolive

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Giving Everyone Tools to Broadcast Radio Any Where, Anytime 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — On Thursday, February 18th, Marquee hosted the launch event for ZenoLive, a free interactive broadcasting platform that enables anyone to create and distribute audio content in seconds. Guests of the star-studded soiree enjoyed floating appetizers, drinks, and a live performance, along with music from Hot 97’s DJ Juanyto.
The system was created to provide a unique audio experience that will allow users and content creators to have an intimate conversation. “We’re here tonight to celebrate the introduction of a great new system, created so audio broadcasters and producers can share their voice and connect worldwide with ease,” said Morris Berger, CEO.
Everyday technology is making the world smaller, said multi-platinum selling artist AKON. Conversations that used to be seen as just local issues are taking place globally. ZenoLive is helping people take part and frame those conversations. It’s an amazing time and I am happy to be here for the launch.
Peter Rosenberg, of Hot 97 and ESPN, was the master of ceremonies and held a Q & A session with the executives and producers of ZenoLive. Veteran music executive Jay Berman provided an introduction to AKON. Notable guests included Laura Stylez, Joell Ortiz, Lisa Evers, Chrissy Monroe, Peter Gunz, Jo Paul, Angelica Vila, Rebstar, Par-city, Johnny Donovan, and Monifah.
Visit www.zenolive.com for more information.

 

About ZenoLive(TM)
ZenoLive is a free, disruptive, patent-pending broadcasting platform available worldwide. ZenoLive enables anyone to become a streaming audio broadcaster. The content creation platform and live dynamic audience engagement enables interactivity and offers reporting modules to hosts and broadcasters. ZenoLive affords for all its content to be heard by dialing a phone number, mobile app or via a web browser. No additional equipment is needed. ZenoLive offers advertisers the opportunity to reach a targeted and viral US immigrant community through audio prompts on its platform.

 

About ZenoRadio Your Voice From Home®:
ZenoRadio is an innovative service that enables users to listen to live and archived news, sports, talk, and music from back home on any mobile or landline phone and computer with a browser. No data plans or smart phones are needed. ZenoRadios proprietary platform affords Broadcasters an opportunity to increase their market share and footprint among listeners across the US, Canada, Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, Central and South America, EU and Africa. ZenoRadio offers advertisers the opportunity to reach a targeted and viral US immigrant community through audio prompts on its platform.

 

About Akon:
Akon is an American-Senegalese R&B singer and producer. Brought up in a family of musicians, he spent his early childhood in Senegal before leaving at the age of seven to live in the USA in Union City, New Jersey. A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon is one of the world most influential voices in music today. In addition to having two multi-platinum albums, 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and over 150 guest appearances with artists such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Eminem and Gwen Stefani, Akon is the first artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

For more information on ZenoRadio and ZenoLive, please visit www.zenoradio.com or www.zenolive.com.

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