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Archive for April 5th, 2016

“… Eradicating Poverty is One of the Greatest Challenges of the 21st Century…”: Marc H. Morial

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A Visit to Urban League Affiliate Tackling Poverty

 

By Marc H. Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League
 

This week, I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at the annual luncheon of the Urban League of Rochester, where President and CEO William Clark has rallied strong local support for the affiliate’s housing, job training and education programs.

As Clark said, “One advantage we have is our community, it is more or less singularly focused on eliminating poverty and looking at programs that address poverty, and that address education.”

In my message to the affiliate, I noted that eradicating poverty is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The Urban League of Rochester is part of a coalition of organizations that have joined the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, a collaborative and community-driven approach to eliminating poverty in the Greater Rochester community. The Initiative’s ambitious goal is to reduce poverty in the region by 50% over the next 15 years and to increase the number of families who are self-sufficient.

While great challenges remain, I’m proud of William Clark and his affiliate for leading the effort to address economic inequality in their community. I hope their effort can become a model to the nation.

Many thanks to William Clark and his amazing team for an enlightening and rewarding visit to their city!

Kirk Bill Prohibits Transfer of Gitmo Detainees to Terror Hotspots

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) introduced a bill to permanently prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to state sponsors of terrorism and other unstable countries like Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Iran. Current law prohibits transfers to Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Syria through the end of the year, but not to Iran and Sudan, where 14 detainees have been sent over the past decade. U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are original co-sponsors of this legislation. 

Department of Defense officials have testified that 30 percent of released detainees are known or suspected to have re-joined the fight against Americans. This includes detainees like Ibrahim al Qosi, who was transferred to Sudan in 2012 after being classified by the administration as a “low-level” risk. He is now a terrorist recruiter featured prominently in propaganda videos produced by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. 

“When asked why terrorists like al Qosi were allowed to reengage in terror against America after being transferred to Sudan, a state-sponsor of terror, Secretary of State John Kerry’s only answer was that ‘he’s not supposed to be doing that.‘ Allowing the transfer of these dangerous criminals to terror hotspots only makes it easier for them to re-join the fight against America,” Senator Kirk said. “As the administration moves forward with plans to close the Guantanamo Bay facility, we have to stop those who seek to engage in terrorism from ever getting the chance.” 

Last month, the administration released as many as 17 detainees from Guantanamo Bay. In 2015, the Obama Administration quietly announced the release or transfer of 20 detainees, and fewer than 100 prisoners are now left at the facility.

BACKGROUND:

Blocking the Transfer of Gitmo Detainees

  • The FY16 omnibus contained Senator Kirk-driven language to block the transfer of Gitmo detainees into the U.S. and prohibit the construction of any facility on American soil to house Gitmo detainees. These Kirk provisions have been included in annual appropriations bills since FY11.
  • Senator Kirk authored this language in order to block the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense from acting on a 2009 Presidential memorandum to relocate detainees to Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois.
  • The FY 16 omnibus also requires notification of any agreement reached between the U.S. and another country regarding the transfer or release of Gitmo detainees.

Additional Kirk Actions

  • Senator Kirk led a group of senators in a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to reduce foreign aid to Ghana if the country is unable to hold and monitor the two detainees transferred there and ensure they do not reengage in terrorist activities.
  • Senator Kirk co-sponsored S. 165, Detaining Terrorists to Protect America Act of 2015, to prohibit the transfer or release of Gitmo prisoners.
  • Senator Kirk requested language in the FY12 CJS Appropriations bill to prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.
  • In the 112th Congress, Senator Kirk authored S. 209 to prohibit the use of funds to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S.
  • In 2011, Senator Kirk wrote Attorney General Eric Holder requesting the reversal of efforts to move Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Thomson, Ill., but to allow the federal government to operate Thomson Correctional Center as a maximum-security federal prison. 
  • Senator Kirk led Illinois Republicans in the House in successfully inserting language in the FY11 National Defense Authorization Act to block the transfer of Gitmo detainees into the U.S.

How More Than 10,000 Families Were Set Free From the Perils of Drug Abuse

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Florida Grass-Root Organization, Mothers In Crisis, Inc., Delivering Hope and Healing for 25 Years Due to the Passion and Vision of Founder, Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins

Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins
Tallahassee, FL (BlackNews.com) — Drug addiction continues to impact every segment of American society. Twenty-three million Americans are currently addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs. Only one in 10 of them (2.6 million) receives the treatment they need. The result: a treatment gap of more than 20 million Americans and families in crisis. A parents substance abuse problem, especially the mother of a single family home, can be traumatic. Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins knows this all too well for she experienced this first hand.I started Mothers In Crisis (M.I.C.), a non-profit organization comprised of women in recovery from drugs and alcohol addiction, in 1991 during the crack cocaine epidemic that was plaguing communities around the nation. It reached both urban and rural communities throughout the State of Florida. Women who were once the backbone of many single parent families were now strung out on drugs, leaving their children to be cared for by relatives or the State. I had four years clean and had been working as a social worker for non-profit drug treatment programs for three years when I founded M.I.C. We did great work and impacted the lives of thousands of families over the past 25 years, said Tompkins, who is also the author of the award-winning signature book, As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope her personal testimony.Tompkins received a Doctorate of Humanities Degree from the Five Fold Ministry Theological University for her Humanitarian work to help end drug and alcohol addiction and to relieve the suffering of families afflicted by the disease of addiction through her work with Mothers In Crisis, Inc.This month, Mothers In Crisis, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of service. The organization provides prevention, intervention and substance abuse support services to at-risk families but began as a support group to help women overcome drug and alcohol addictions. Over the past 25 years Mothers In Crisis has expanded programming to meet the various needs associated with at-risk families including early intervention services for children exposed to substance abuse, parent education, drug and violence prevention for children, teen programming, and jail outreach for women in addition to information and referral services. The result: MIC has helped over 10,000 families living in Tallahassee, Leon and Gadsden Counties in North Florida to overcome addictions and live drug-free lives.Mothers In Crisis is currently implementing several major initiatives including a Hope Universe campaign to bring hope to not just Florida, but worldwide, says Tompkins.Hope Universe Grace Initiative (HUGI) promoting Hope Universe Day every Friday, as a day to spread hope to families, communities and the world. HUGI strengthens and adds value to individual and collective assignments and mandates through entrepreneurial opportunities, national and international humanitarian endeavors, community outreach and partnerships, & television, radio, and Internet collaborative initiatives, said Tompkins.

In honor of the work that Mother In Crisis, Inc. has done over the last 25 years, here are some ways to spread hope in the community through the HUGI initiative:

* Volunteer by reading to children in schools
* Experience meaningful and healthy communication with loved ones, family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues
* Giving of time, food, and money to help families in need
* Minister to those incarcerated by writing letters and visiting
* Post on social media words of hope and hashtag #HUGI
* Sharing your testimony of overcoming with those who are going through hard times
* Lending a helping hand to those in need
* Cleaning up areas where there is trash such as parks and beaches

In addition to our HUGI campaign, we have a full calendar of events with some exciting international speakers coming in help us celebrate the success, said Tompkins.
Mother In Crisis Calendar:

* Friday, April 15, 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Proclamation from City of Tallahassee of Hope Universe Day, & Soirée Party with Hip First! Music and spoken word/book signing for Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins new book, Nimble Anointed Words Empower, a book of poetry (www.n-awe.com)

* Saturday, April 16, 2pm – 5pm: Hope 2.0 Seminar with Dr. Cynthia Kimble, Dr. Brenda Jarmon, with keynote address by celebrated evangelist and missionary Dr. Patricia Bailey. Dr. Bailey is a lecturer, author, and founder of Masters Touch Ministries Global, Inc. (MTM), a mission outreach with headquarters in North Carolina, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Georgia, South Africa, Belgium, Brazil and London, England.

* Sunday, April 17, 11am: Mothers In Crisis Reunion Worship Service and Dinner.
All events will be held at Turning Point International Church, 6866 Blountstown Hwy, Tallahassee, FL 32310.
To attend all the events is just $25 which is really just a donation to the Mothers In Crisis organization to help us further the work and vision theres still a lot more we have to do and more families we want to reach, said Tompkins.

For additional information please call (850) 222-7705, email mothersinc@aol.com, or visit www.hope-universe.com

 

Photo: Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins, founder of Mothers in Crisis

 

 

Mayor Emanuel, Chicago Park District and Field Museum Announce Local Teams of Artists and Non-Profits to Create Gathering Spaces Along City’s South Lakefront

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and officials with the Field Museum of Natural History today announced that five gathering spaces within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, which will be created by five teams of artists and community-based organizations.

 

The Burnham Wildlife Corridor is a 100-acre ribbon of natural areas located within Burnham Park along Chicago’s south lakefront.

 

“These gathering spaces along the south lakefront are part of our effort to give children and residents in every neighborhood the opportunity to learn about nature and to enjoy and experience nature right in their own backyard,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “These unique gathering spaces will add to the vibrancy of Chicago’s south lakefront while helping to inspire the next generation to preserve and protect Chicago’s natural wonders.”

 

The Corridor extends from the McCormick Bird Sanctuary in the north to the Burnham Nature Sanctuary in the south. Its various sections are at different points in the ecological restoration process, but, upon completion, the Burnham Wildlife Corridor will be the largest contiguous stretch of natural areas along the Chicago lakefront.  Through a Request for Proposals, Chicago Park District and The Field Museum challenged teams of artists and community-based organizations to produce gathering spaces within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor that are reflective of nature and culture and will serve as assembly grounds and rest areas for people exploring this part of the lakefront. The designated gathering spaces locations are situated on both the east and west sides of Lake Shore Drive.

 

“The objective of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor is to create healthy, vibrant and native habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife; and to meaningfully connect visitors, especially those from neighboring communities, to a revitalized public green space in ways that inspire exploration, enjoyment, and stewardship of the area,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Mike Kelly. “We are pleased to partner with these organizations to create spaces where community members can gather and take advantage of nature in this bustling city,” he said.

 

The winning teams were selected by an independent Curatorial Committee, in consultation with Chicago Park District and The Field Museum, from an original pool of 22 proposals. All winning teams have prior public art experience and are based in and/or have meaningful connections to the Corridor’s neighboring communities of Bronzeville, Chinatown, Little Village, and Pilsen. Over the course of the next two years, the community-based organizations that are affiliated with the winning teams will help activate the gathering spaces through programming that celebrates the ecological context and cultural significance of these installations. In support of the teams’ efforts, Chicago Park District is awarding $20,000 grants to each group. Over the course of two years, the community-based organizations that are affiliated with the winning teams will help activate the gathering spaces through programming that celebrates the ecological context and cultural significance of these installations.

 

La Ronda Parataka (lead artists:  Hector Duarte, Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves; non-profit:  Casa Michoacan)

This project is a circular sculpture inspired by the magic symbolism of the butterfly, harmony with nature, and migration.  It will be demarcated by a delicate sculptural ring or “ronda” (in Spanish) of interlocking butterfly forms. The center of the space will feature native plants and cement blocks that are being repurposed as rustic seating. Located in the Pilsen community, Casa Michoacan is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural, social, sporting activities and between the Mexican and immigrant Michoacán community with a transnational vision.

 

Caracol (lead artists:  Georgina Valverde, Diana Solis; non-profit: contratiempo)

This project is based on the interior shape of the conch shell —a logarithmic spiral– which represents the desire to belong while also maintaining the core of memory and identity. Language and images will feature prominently within a spiral open-ended structure that can function as a work or picnic table and community mural surface. The table/mural will be covered with wood or concrete slabs that can be painted with designs by community groups and artists.  The installation will also include repurposed wooden stumps as stools and a stage for outdoor performances, as well as native plants and sculptural artistic elements. Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Latino writers in Chicago and based in Pilsen, contratiempo is a literary center with a mission to preserve and highlight the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking Latino population in the United States.

 

Set in Stone (lead artists:  Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy; non-profit:  Chinese-American Museum of Chicago)

The goal of this project is to create an interpretation of a traditional Chinese “scholar’s rock” by sculpting, molding and fabricating a sculpture that emulates the magnificence felt through viewing these rocks. The rock sculpture will stand 7feet tall and vary in width from 1-3 feet. The sculpture will be painted to represent the beauty and texture of a scholar’s rock. The sculpture will then be placed at the center of a tranquil rock garden with smaller rocks covering the base and one or two small log benches for viewing.  The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago is located in the city’s Chinatown community and has the mission of promoting the culture and history of Chinese-Americans in the Midwest through exhibitions, education and research.

 

Sounding Bronzeville (lead artists:  Fo Wilson, Norman Teague; non-profit:  Bronzeville Community Development Partnership)

This project includes several organic, amorphous sculptural forms. They will rise from the site in different heights and shapes and have native plant material covering them. The function of some of the forms will be to define the boundaries of the area, while other forms will provide seating. Some will have “sound ports” or “nesting ports.” These openings will allow for visibility through them as well as opportunities for specific audial experiences between people. Founded in 1987 and located in Bronzeville, the Bronzeville Community Development Partnership focuses on information technology, heritage tourism, hospitality workforce development and training, preservation and sustainability.

 

Sankofa for the Earth (lead artists:  Arlene Turner Crawford, Dorian Sylvain, Raymond Thomas; non-profit:  South Side Community Arts Center

This project features a “Sankofa” bird made from mixed-media (painti, wood, and mosaic) and recycled materials. In Africa, a bird looking backwards over its tail represents the Sankofa symbol, which means “Go back and fetch it.” It is an understanding that our past(s) holds important information to move us forward in life. A support for the bird will be constructed of bamboo, found and recycled wood, metal electrical conduit piping, and leather binding. Seating will be created from repurposed wood. The South Side Community Arts Center, which is located in Bronzeville, seeks to preserve, conserve and promote the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.

 

Each team is expected to complete its respective installation by June 2016.

 

In addition to the new gathering spaces within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, the Chicago Park District is working with the Chicago Architecture Biennial to create new Lakefront Kiosks—to activate cultural life on Chicago’s lakefront through creative architectural solutions. The Chicago Park District currently oversees more than 40 kiosks that punctuate the shoreline. During the summer, the kiosks offer food, retail and recreational services—ranging from beverages to clothing to surf rentals.

 

The gathering spaces and kiosks are components of Mayor Emanuel’s comprehensive strategy of investments along the Lakefront, the Chicago River, parks and neighborhoods for residents across Chicago; the Mayor will unveil this new plan in a speech he will deliver on Tuesday.

 

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to Headline International Black Organization’s 2-Day Conference

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BUSI to Present Leadership Conference at Tennessee State University 

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Nashville, TN (BlackNews.com) — Black United Summit International (BUSI) will present the 2016 BUSI Leadership Conference, a two-day event to take place Friday, April 15, 2016 and Saturday April 16, 2016 on the campus of Tennessee State University. BUSI is a non-profit organization that fosters collaboration and mobilizes leadership among Historically Black College and University students. The conference is free and tickets are available to both students of Tennessee State University and the general public through the BUSI Conference website.The conference will open Friday at 9:00 a.m. with a Leadership Bootcamp that will include sessions on conflict resolution techniques, cooperative economics, how to business plan, and how to connect to the community. There will also be self-defense training facilitated by Grandmaster Anthony Muhammad, founder of Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, a system of martial arts. Sessions will run until 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Multipurpose Room.The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will headline day two of the conference with the keynote address, BUSIness is Warfare, titled after the presenting organization, in the Kean Hall Gymnasium. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., The Minister will speak at 6:00 p.m.The keynote address is aptly titled because, BUSIness is Warfare! According to BUSI Cofounder and President Samuel X, In this world, business is just that. It implies that strategy, skill, and tact must be used. It implies discipline, structure, confidence and fearlessness must be employed to put the Black community on equal footing with the rest of the world.BUSI was founded on that same premise in 2012. BUSI desires to cultivate critical thinking and develop leadership in college students to become producers that create opportunities, rather than consumers, waiting for opportunities. BUSI seeks to strongly encourage college and university administrators of curriculum to ensure that the classroom of every HBCU does exactly that, explained X. He continued, BUSI also desires to foster a true love and passion for bringing the wonderful education back to the communities from which we came to become the purveyors of strong development and economic revival.To attend the 2016 BUSI Leadership Conference at Tennessee State University, register at www.BUSIConference.org and click on the #Nashville Registration tab.
About BUSI
Black United Summit International (BUSI) has been fostering collaboration and mobilizing leadership among Historically Black College and University (HBCU) students since 2012 when it launched its 1st Annual Collegiate BUSI Conference at Tennessee State University, with the goal of addressing the plight of HBCUs. The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan served as the keynote speaker. As stated by The Minister, in the word business you have, busi (busy). The vision of Black United Summit International is that Historically Black College and University students will own their social responsibility and utilize their education and skills to change the economic and social climate in our communities.

For more information on BUSI, please visit www.BUSIConference.org.

Like BUSI on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusiConference123, and follow them on Twitter at @BUSIConference.

Photo: The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Psychiatrist Sentenced to 144 Months in Prison for Role in $158 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

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A Houston psychiatrist was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for her role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false claims for mental health treatment.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region, Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Houston Field Office and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) made the announcement.

Sharon Iglehart, 58, a former attending psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital (Riverside) of Houston, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. of the Southern District of Texas.  Judge Werlein also ordered Iglehart to pay $6,363,528.82 in restitution and to forfeit the same amount.

On Sept. 10, 2015, following a seven-day trial, a jury convicted Iglehart of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of health care fraud and three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters.

According to evidence presented at trial, from 2006 until June 2012, Iglehart and others engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting through Riverside approximately $158 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare for partial hospitalization program (PHP) services, an intensive outpatient treatment for severe mental illness.  The evidence presented at trial showed that the Medicare beneficiaries for whom Riverside billed Medicare did not receive PHP services.  In fact, evidence proved that most of the Medicare beneficiaries rarely saw a psychiatrist and did not receive intensive psychiatric treatment at all.

In addition, evidence presented at trial showed that Iglehart personally billed Medicare for individual psychotherapy and other treatment purportedly provided to patients at Riverside locations – treatment that she never provided.  Further, Iglehart falsified the medical records of patients at Riverside’s inpatient facility to make it appear as if she provided psychiatric treatment when she did not, the evidence showed.

To date, 12 other individuals have been convicted based on their roles in this scheme, including Earnest Gibson III, 71, of Houston, the former president of Riverside; Earnest Gibson IV, 38, of Pearland, Texas, the operator of one of Riverside’s PHP satellite locations; Regina Askew, 50, of Houston, a group home owner and patient file auditor; and Robert Crane, 59, of Spring, Texas, a patient recruiter, who were all convicted after a jury trial in October 2014.  Earnest Gibson III was sentenced to 45 years in prison; Earnest Gibson IV was sentenced to 20 years in prison; Askew was sentenced to 12 years in prison; and Crane has not yet been sentenced.  Mohammad Khan, 66, of Houston, an assistant administrator at the hospital, who managed many of the hospital’s PHPs, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The FBI, HHS-OIG, IRS-CI and the MFCU investigated the case with assistance from the Railroad Retirement Board’s Office of Inspector General and the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Inspector General.  The case was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.  Assistant Chiefs Laura M.K. Cordova and Ashlee C. McFarlane of the Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged over 2,300 defendants who collectively have billed the Medicare program for over $7 billion.  In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.

Source: FBI

Chicago ICE Director Demands Two Fathers Self-Deport Days Before Supreme Court Case That Would Give Them Relief

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With the President’s Executive Action in court, area parents fight deportation in order to benefit from it.

 

A community rally and press conference will be held in support of Noe Adan Carlos Herrera and Jose Juan Moreno. Both are parents of U.S. citizen children who could qualify for the President’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) announced on November 20, 2014. The Supreme Court of the United States is set to begin hearing arguments in favor of the program on April 18, but both fathers are supposed self deport by April 12th and April 15th, respectively. Noe Adan’s attorney will be submitting a request to the Chicago ICE Field Office for a Stay of Removal in order to put a stop to Noe Adan’s deportation order.

The two fathers who are facing deportation, Noe Adan Carlos Herrera and Jose Juan Moreno, their family members and supporters, members of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), community advocates and allies will attend the rally.

The rally and press conference will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago at 10:30 a.m.

Responding to campaigns demanding action, President Obama announced the expansion of the deferred action deportation relief program in November, 2014 to extend to approximately five million undocumented individuals who are parents of US citizens or legal permanent residents. The program is set to be heard in front of the Supreme Court on April 18th after being enjoined by a Republican lawsuit seeking to block its implementation altogether.

In between the President’s announcement and the court’s decision, immigration authorities have not hesitated to continue their aggressive pursuit of removal of undocumented Chicagoans, two of whom are fathers who are being instructed by ICE to self-deport just days before the Supreme Court hearing.

Noe Adan spent thirteen months in Dodge County Detention after making a right turn at a red light. OCAD secured his release last year and he has since fulfilled all required immigration check-ins. He is the proud father of a 4 year old US citizen. He is a member of the Aurora community, and a member of Organized Communities Against Deportations. Although he does not fit any of the DHS guidelines for deportation, an agent from the Chicago ICE Field office has erroneously claimed he is a “priority” for deportation. For his next check-in with Chicago ICE on April 12, 2016 Noe Adan has been told to bring in a ticket to Mexico in order to self-deport or be taken into custody again.

Jose Juan  is the sole breadwinner of his family and the father of five US citizen children of 2, 5, 9, 12, and 14 years of age. He has lived in the U.S. for over 16 years. He is a member of the Bolingbrook, IL community and a leader with the Southwest Suburban Immigration Project. Although he has a 2009 conviction for a DUI, DHS has discretion over whether to consider it a significant factor in his case if he were able to apply for DAPA.

Although DAPA has not gone into effect, it is unacceptable and cruel for the Chicago ICE Field office to target fathers for deportation who could qualify for this relief. The Chicago ICE Field Office can exercise prosecutorial discretion and stop these fathers’ deportations.

For more information, contact: Lissette Castillo, 312-770-0350, OCAD
Irene, 708-703-6258, OCAD

First Lady Michelle Obama to Address 2016 Graduating Seniors

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As part of her Reach Higher initiative, Mrs. Obama will deliver the commencement addresses at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS ; Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, NM and City College of New York in New York, NY. These mark the final commencement addresses Mrs. Obama will deliver as First Lady.

 

Saturday, April 23rd

Jackson, Mississippi – The First Lady will deliver the address at Jackson State University’s 139th Spring Commencement Ceremony. Mrs. Obama will address more than 1,000 graduates as well as their friends, family and members of the university community.

Jackson State University was founded in 1877 as a four-year public university; it is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in Mississippi and a Historically Black University originally established to educate newly freed African Americans to become ministers and teachers. Mrs. Obama has delivered remarks on an HBCU campus each year she has served as First Lady.

Echoing the call of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, Jackson State University and the Jackson Public School District collaborated to form the first laboratory school in the Jackson area. Since 2013, Blackburn Laboratory Middle School has partnered with JSU in an effort to transform Blackburn into a highly successful middle school for replication and study of successful practices in the district, state, and nation.

This event is open to pre-credential media. To RSVP, please contact Dr. Elayne H. Anthony at elayne.h.anthony@jsums.edu.

 

Thursday, May 26th 

Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, the First Lady will deliver the high school commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and programs to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Last year, the First Lady addressed the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC.

Originally founded in 1890, as a Federal off-reservation boarding school, the Santa Fe Indian School is currently owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Recently honored as a National Association Secondary School Breaking the Ranks Showcase School, SFIS is a leader in Native American education and proud of its history to educate the next generation of tribal leadership. Graduates of SFIS participate in the culture of their communities and will have the skills to pursue the education and careers that will benefit them, their families, and their people. For the past five years, SFIS has had an average graduation rate of 98%, and over 90% of this year’s graduating class plan to pursue a post-secondary degree.

This event is open to pre-credential media. To RSVP, please contact Kimball Sekaquaptewa at kimball@sfis.k12.nm.us.

 

Friday, June 3rd

New York, New York – The First Lady will deliver the commencement address during the 170th Commencement Ceremony at The City College of New York on the CCNY campus in historic Harlem, where more than 3,000 students make up the Class of 2016.

The City College of New York was the first public higher education institution in New York City and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation with over 40% first-generation college students, almost 40% non-native English speakers, and half from low-income households. Established as a free institution dedicated to overcoming barriers to advancement, CCNY continues its mission of access to excellence and keeping tuition affordable.

This event is open to pre-credential media. To RSVP, please contact Deidra Hill at dhill@ccny.cuny.edu.

 

Additional information on Commencement Addresses by First Lady Michelle Obama:

In 2009, Mrs. Obama addressed the first full graduating class at the University of California, Merced and spoke at the Washington Math and Science Tech Public Charter High School Graduation in Washington, DC. In 2010, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the George Washington University, and the Anacostia Senior High School. In 2011, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of the University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College, and Quantico Middle High School. In 2012, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of Virginia Tech, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Oregon State University. In 2013, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of Eastern Kentucky State University, Bowie State University, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School. In 2014, Mrs. Obama addressed graduates of Dillard University, the District of Columbia College Access Program, and an assembly of high schools in the Topeka, Kansas Public School District. In 2015, Mrs. Obama Addressed the graduates of Oberlin College, Tuskegee University, and Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School.

What Climate Change Means for Your Health and Family: Fact Sheet

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Obama Administration Releases Scientific Assessment on Impact of Climate Change to Human Health in the United States

Delivering on another commitment in the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Obama Administration released a new final report called The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment, which significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it.

Developed over three years by approximately one hundred experts in climate-change science and public health – including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) – the Climate and Health Assessment reinforces that climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people not just in the future but right now. As the climate continues to change, the risks to human health will grow, exacerbating existing health threats and creating new public health challenges, and impacting more people in more places. From children to the elderly, every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change, now and in the future. A few examples of the increased health risks found in the assessment include:

  • Air pollution and airborne allergens will likely increase, worsening allergy and asthma conditions. Future ozone-related human health impacts attributable to climate change are projected to lead to hundreds to thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses each year in the United States by 2030, including increases in asthma episodes and other adverse respiratory effects in children. Ragweed pollen season is longer now in central North America, having increased by as much as 11 to 27 days between 1995 and 2011, which impacts some of the nearly 6.8 million children in the United States affected by asthma and susceptible to allergens due to their immature respiratory and immune systems.
  • Extreme heat can be expected to cause an increase in the number of premature deaths, from thousands to tens of thousands, each summer, which will outpace projected decreases in deaths from extreme cold. One model projected an increase, from a 1990 baseline for more than 200 American cities, of more than an additional 11,000 deaths during the summer in 2030 and more than an additional 27,000 deaths during the summer in 2100.
  • Warmer winter and spring temperatures are projected to lead to earlier annual onset of Lyme disease cases in the eastern United States and a generally northward expansion of ticks capable of carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Between 2001 and 2014, both the distribution and the number of reported cases of Lyme disease increased in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.
  • Increase the risks of water-related illnesses. Runoff from more frequent and intense extreme precipitation events, and increased water temperatures, will increasingly compromise recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, and sources of drinking water, increasing risks of waterborne illness.
  • Climate change, including rising temperatures and changes in weather extremes, is expected to increase the exposure of food to certain pathogens and toxins. Rising temperature and increases in flooding, runoff events, and drought will likely lead to increases in the occurrence and transport of pathogens in agricultural environments, which will increase the risk of food contamination and human exposure to pathogens and toxins. This will increase health risks and require greater vigilance in food safety practices and regulation.
  • Climate change will have the largest health impact on vulnerable populations including those with low incomes, some communities of color, limited English proficiency and immigrant groups, Indigenous peoples, children, pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.
  • Extreme weather and other events related to climate change will impact health by exacerbating underlying medical conditions, increasing exposure to foodborne and waterborne illness risks, and disrupting infrastructure, including power, water, transportation, and communication systems, that are essential to maintaining access to health care and emergency response services and safeguarding human health.

In addition, today, the Administration is announcing a number of actions to respond to the critical challenges and vulnerabilities outlined in the Climate and Health Assessment. These include:

  • Expanding the scope of the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children to focus on the impacts of climate change on children’s health.
  • Developing K-12 educational materials on climate change and health.
  • A Climate-Ready Tribes and Territories Initiative, which will provide awards for tribal and territorial health departments to investigate, prepare for, and adapt to the health effects of climate change.
  • An update to the Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Toolkit, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Designating May 23-27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week, during which Federal agencies will take a number of actions to work with community planners and public-health officials to enhance community preparedness for extreme heat events.

The findings of the Climate and Health Assessment strengthen and broaden the scientific foundation for future decision making, allowing individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to proactively manage the health risks of climate change.  A better understanding of how climate change affects our health, and the health of our children and grandchildren, underscores the need for urgent action to combat the threats climate change poses on American citizens and communities.

Already, under President Obama’s leadership, the United States has done more to combat climate change and protect the health of communities than ever before. For example, the Clean Power Plan will deliver better air quality, improved public health, clean energy investment and jobs across the country. Since the historic global climate agreement was reached at COP21 in Paris last year, the United States has announced plans to not only implement the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but has also committed to adopting an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would phase down HFCs, a potent greenhouse gas. The Administration has forged a global agreement to cut aviation emissions, and most recently taken a series of actions to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, while also helping to spur a historic increase in wind and solar energy while doubling the fuel efficiency in our cars.

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS HEALTH:
KEY FINDINGS AND MESSAGES FROM THE ASSESSMENT

Changes in Extreme Heat and Extreme Cold.  A warmer future is projected to lead to “on the order of thousands to tens of thousands of additional premature deaths per year across the United States by the end of this century” from heat.  Any reduction in cold-related deaths is projected to be smaller than the increase in heat-related deaths in most regions. High temperatures can also lead to a wide range of illnesses. Examples of illnesses associated with extreme heat include cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal illnesses; diabetes; hyperthermia; mental health issues; and preterm births.  Even small differences from seasonal average temperatures result in illness and death.  An increased risk for respiratory and cardiovascular death is observed in older adults during temperature extremes.

Impacts on Air Quality. Changes in the climate affect the levels and location of outdoor air pollutants such as ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter.  These changes in ozone are projected to lead to hundreds to thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses per year in the United States in 2030.  In addition, the area burned by wildfires in North America is expected to increase dramatically over the 21st century due to climate change.  Air pollution from wildfires can affect people far downwind from the fire location, increasing the risk of premature death and hospital and emergency department visits.  Higher temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide levels also promote the growth of plants that release airborne allergens.

More Frequent and Intense Extreme Events.  Climate change will expose more people to increases in the frequency and/or intensity of drought, wildfires, and flooding related to extreme precipitation and hurricanes.  Many types of extreme events related to climate change cause disruption of critical infrastructure, including power, water, transportation, and communication systems, that are essential to maintaining access to health care and emergency response services and safeguarding human health.  Health risks may also arise long after the event, or in places outside the area where the event took place, particularly if multiple events occur simultaneously or in succession in a given location – this could be the result of damage to property, destruction of assets, loss of infrastructure and public services, social and economic disruption, and environmental degradation. Poverty also is a key risk factor, and the poor are disproportionately affected by extreme events.

Altered Timing and Location of Vector-Borne Disease. Climate change is expected to alter the geographic and seasonal distributions of existing vectors and vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus infections, and other diseases spread by vectors like mosquitoes. Rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and a higher frequency of some extreme weather events associated with climate change will influence the distribution, abundance, and prevalence of infection in the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus, the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.  Outdoor workers are at a greater risk for contracting Lyme disease and, if working in areas where there are infected mosquitoes, occupational exposures can also occur for West Nile virus.

Increased Risks of Water-Related Illnesses.  Runoff from more frequent and intense extreme precipitation events will increasingly compromise recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, and sources of drinking water, increasing the risk that infrastructure for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater will fail due to either damage or exceeding system capacity. Although the United States has one of the safest municipal drinking water supplies in the world, water-related outbreaks still occur—between 1948 and 1994, 68 percent of waterborne disease outbreaks in the United States were preceded by extreme precipitation events. Inequities in exposure to contaminated water disproportionately affects tribes and Alaska Natives, residents of low-income rural subdivisions along the U.S.–Mexico border, migrant farm workers, the homeless, and low-income communities not served by public water utilities—some of which are predominately Hispanic or Latino and African-American communities.

Increased Threats to Food Safety and Nutrition.  As climate change drives changes in environmental variables, such as ambient temperature, precipitation, and weather extremes (particularly flooding and drought), increases in foodborne illnesses are expected. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are 48 million cases of foodborne illnesses per year, with approximately 3,000 deaths.  Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can actually lower the nutritional value of most food crops. Climate-change impacts on food production, food processing and utilization, food prices, and agricultural trade were recently addressed in a separate assessment report on Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System.

Adverse Impacts on Mental Health.  The cumulative and interactive effects of climate change, as well as the threat and perception of climate change, adversely impact individual and societal physical and mental health and well-being.  Mental health consequences of climate change range from minimal stress and distress symptoms to clinical disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  The mental health impacts of extreme events, such as hurricanes, floods, and drought, can be expected to increase as more people experience the stress—and often trauma—of these disasters.  People with mental illness and those using medications to treat a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events and extreme heat.

Disproportionate Effects on Vulnerable Populations.  Every American is vulnerable to the health impacts associated with climate change.  People at every life stage have varying sensitivity to climate change impacts.  The most vulnerable populations include individuals with low income, some communities of color, individuals with limited English proficiency and immigrant groups, Indigenous peoples, children, pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.

  • Communities of Color, Low Income, Immigrants, and Limited-English-Proficiency Groups. Vulnerable populations are at increased risk of exposure given their higher likelihood of living in risk-prone areas (such as urban heat islands, isolated rural areas, or coastal and other flood-prone areas), areas with older or poorly maintained infrastructure, or areas with an increased burden of air pollution. Communities of color, low income, immigrant and limited-English-proficiency groups also experience relatively greater incidence of chronic medical conditions, such as cardiovascular and kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can be exacerbated by climate-related health impacts.
  • Indigenous Peoples in the United States.  Because of existing vulnerabilities, Indigenous people, especially those who are dependent on the environment for sustenance or who live in geographically isolated or impoverished communities, are likely to experience greater exposure and lower resilience to climate-related health effects.
  • Pregnant Women. Climate-related exposures may lead to adverse pregnancy and newborn health outcomes, including low birth weight, preterm birth, dehydration and associated renal failure, diarrhea, and respiratory disease.  Estimates indicated that there were more than 56,000 pregnant women and nearly 75,000 infants directly affected by Hurricane Katrina and that pregnant women with high hurricane exposure and severe hurricane experiences were at a significantly increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
  • Children. Climate change—interacting with factors such as economic status, diet, living situation, and stage of development—will increase children’s exposure to health threats. Children are vulnerable to adverse health effects associated with environmental exposures due to factors related to their immature physiology and metabolism, their unique exposure pathways, their biological sensitivities, and limits to their adaptive capacity.  Children have a proportionately higher intake of air, food, and water relative to their body weight compared to adults. They also share unique behaviors and interactions with their environment that may increase their exposure to environmental contaminants.
  • Older Adults.  The nation’s older adult population (ages 65 and older) will nearly double in size from 2015 through 2050.  Between 1979 and 2004, deaths from heat exposure were reported most commonly among adults aged 65 and older.  The need to evacuate an area during or after extreme events can pose increased health and safety risks for older adults, especially those who are poor or reside in nursing or assisted-living facilities.  Air pollution can also exacerbate asthma and COPD and can increase the risk of heart attack in older adults, especially those who are also diabetic or obese.
  • Occupational Groups.  Outdoor workers are often among the first to be exposed to the effects of climate change. Climate change is expected to affect the health of outdoor workers through increases in ambient temperature, degraded air quality, extreme weather, vector-borne diseases, industrial exposures, and changes in the built environment.  An increased need for complex emergency responses will expose rescue and recovery workers to physical and psychological hazards.  The incidence of heat illness among active duty U.S. military personnel is several-fold higher than the summertime incidence in the general U.S. population (147 per 100,000 among the military versus 21.5 per 100,000 in the general population per year).
  • Persons with Disabilities.  An increase in extreme weather can be expected to disproportionately affect populations with disabilities, who experience higher rates of social risk factors—such as poverty and lower educational attainment—that contribute to poorer health outcomes during extreme events or climate-related emergencies.  Persons with disabilities often rely on medical equipment (such as portable oxygen) that requires an uninterrupted source of electricity.
  • Persons with Chronic Medical Conditions.  Preexisting medical conditions present risk factors for increased illness and death associated with climate-related stressors, especially exposure to extreme heat.  Hospital admissions and emergency room visits increase during heat waves for people with diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and psychiatric illnesses. Medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or mental illnesses can impair judgment and behavioral responses in crisis situations, which can place people with those conditions at greater risk.

NEW ADMINISTRATION ACTIONS RESPONDING TO THE
CLIMATE AND HEATH ASSESSMENT

President Obama has already taken action to combat the health impacts of climate change and protect the health of future generations. Just last year, the Administration:

  • Brought together health and medical professionals, academics, and other interested stakeholders to discuss the challenges of climate change for public health through a series of convenings, workshops, and a formal White House Climate Change and Health Summit;
  • Expanded access to climate and health data, involving more than 100 health-relevant datasets, to spur innovation so that communities and businesses could act to reduce the health impacts of climate change;
  • Started integrating climate considerations into agency health and safety policies; and
  • Created initiatives at EPA, USGS, CDC, and the Department of Defense to improve, consolidate, and better visualize data connecting climate change effects to human health.

Today, the Administration is announcing a series of additional actions to keep us on track to better understand, communicate, and reduce the health impacts of climate change on our communities, including:

  • President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children Addresses Climate Change.  The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, has expanded its scope to include climate change.  The Task Force includes representatives of 17 federal departments and White House offices and focuses on environmental threats to the health and wellbeing of children that are best addressed through interagency efforts.  Its priorities are asthma disparities, healthy settings, chemical exposures, and climate change and children’s health.  Today, the Task Force is making available examples of actions being taken around the country to protect children from the impacts of climate change on HHS’s new climate and health website at http://www.hhs.gov/climate/childrenshealth/index.html.
  • Developing a Climate-Ready Tribes and Territories Initiative. This year, CDC’s Climate and Health Program will launch the Climate-Ready Tribes and Territories Initiative, which will provide awards for up to five tribal and territorial health departments in the U.S to support public health preparedness and resilience activities that address the health challenges of climate change in these areas.  Although some state and city health departments receive guidance and funding for climate and health research and adaptation planning, no similar program has been available to assist tribal and territorial governments. CDC will work with stakeholders to develop guidance relevant to the unique challenges faced in these jurisdictions.  CDC will use its disease prevention expertise to assist tribal and territorial governments in investigating, preparing for, and adapting to the health effects of climate change.
  • Updating the Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Toolkit. The Toolkit is undergoing pilot testing and evaluation and will be revised and expanded by the end of the year.  In addition, lectures and trainings on the toolkit are being planned for a series of major conferences this year, including the NACCHO Preparedness Summit, the meeting of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the CleanMed Conference. Also planned is a series of training webinars for the private sector on how to use of the toolkit by Practice Greenhealth.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to Develop K-12 Educational Materials on Climate Change and Health.  NIEHS is developing educational materials on climate change and health at the K-12 level based on the new Climate and Health Assessment.  They will partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society to help disseminate the materials and offer training. The audience for training is teachers and “train the trainer” teacher experts.  The training is expected to be piloted this fall.
  • Reducing the Health Impacts of Extreme Heat. The Administration is announcing that May 23 – 27 is Extreme Heat Week during which agencies will take a number of activities to prepare the nation for extreme heat. This week is a key part of America’s PrepareAthon!, the Administration’s seasonal campaign to build community-level preparedness action. The White House is planning a webinar during Extreme Heat Week focused on education and outreach to populations more vulnerable to extreme heat as well as to community planners and public health officials to enhance community preparedness to extreme heat events.

Source: whitehouse.gov

NAACP Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold “One Person, One Vote”

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BALTIMORE  – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement about today’s Supreme Court decision on voter representation in Evenwel v. Abbott:

“We are extremely pleased that the Supreme Court today re-affirmed a key principle of our representative system upheld at every lower level of the court system – that people who hold elected office are chosen by and represent the interests of ALL the people who live in their districts, regardless of whether they were active voters, or supportive of an individual candidate’s or party’s agenda and philosophy.

“If voting is a civic sacrament, then the principle of “one person, one vote” is a civic commandment enshrined in our Constitution.  Today, the Court unanimously affirmed that principle.

“In this year, when candidates for president are asking people to support policies that would denigrate, demean, discriminate and even deport people who have been living and working in America, the NAACP remains unapologetic in our fight against attempts to silence large segments of our population, or game the election process to preserve their own power and influence.

“Regardless of age, prior background, citizenship status or other circumstance, everyone  deserves a voice in important policy decisions affecting critical issues like education, health, and job creation and economic development.  Given these and other widespread attempts to weaken the voices of the poor, the young, voters of color, we consider today’s decision to be a huge win for our democracy.

“As we remember and honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was taken from us 48 years ago today, we shall continue our work to perfect this Union and demand that all have a seat and a voice at the table to declare that ‘Our Lives Matter, and Our Votes Count.’”

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