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Michigan Association of Black Social Workers says the Crisis in Flint, Michigan is Comparable to Genocide

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 A Crisis in Flint: Callous Cause, Genocidal Effect 

 

NABSW National Conference New Orleans

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — During a recent March 25th presentation at the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Cheikh Mbacké, a previous president of The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc (MABSW), said, The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc has been affiliated since 1972 with the national and international chapters of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. We believe that whatever discussion(s) generated about Flint must rightly call for the resignation of Michigans Governor and criminal prosecution of those having knowledge of or duplicity in the perpetuation of the horrific travesty surrounding what has become known locally, regionally, nationally, internationally, and universally [sic] as ‘the Flint water crisis.’

Mbacké continued, MABSW is advocating for a pragmatic data-based, research driven, and out-come focused, long-term solution to this dilemma facing Flint. Mere anecdotal commentary, apologetic, severity minimizing rhetoric, flowery, or warm-fuzzy sound bites and photo ops will not suffice. Nor will condescending re-statement of the obvious, or discounting the values and beliefs inherent in the culture and history of people of African ancestry be acceptable. Finally, we vehemently oppose any conciliatory action which would further victimize the people of Flint by failing to create sustainable change.

According to Ella Green Moten, a previous President of both MABSW and the Flint ABSW chapter, As Black social workers, the MABSW membership is constitutionally mandated to involve itself in human service delivery systems relative to the needs of Black people, and declare ourselves to be advocates of the Black community. As such, our finances, energies, and time is devoted to the development and implementation of programs and policies that reduce threat and enhance the growth of the Black community.

On July 26, 2010, the UN General Assembly declared the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation to be a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” Prior to that declaration, the world had previously acknowledged rights to health, well-being, food, and freedom from political persecution, and much more. But not water and sanitation.

Anthony Harris, current MABSW President, states, Access to a basic water requirement is a fundamental human right implicitly and explicitly supported by international law, declarations, and State practice. Governments, international aid agencies, non-governmental organizations, and local communities work to provide all humans with a basic water requirement and to guarantee that water as a human right. By acknowledging a human right to water and expressing the willingness to meet this right for those currently deprived of it, the water community has a useful tool for addressing one of the most fundamental failures of 20th century development.

Harris and the MABSW contend that the United States, which has typically been a world leader on protecting and enhancing political human rights, has always had a flawed position on economic and social human rights, including the human right to water. It has long been a position characterized by bad logic and a narrow and inconsistent interpretation of human rights law. The United States chose to abstain from voting on the 2010 resolution and sought to justify its abstention by asserting that the resolution described a right to water and sanitation in a way that was not reflective of existing international law; and further that there was no right to water and sanitation in an international legal sense as described by the resolution.

Their disposition is this:

The international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. The two elements of the crime of genocide include a physical and mental element, both having the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. A crime must include both elements to be called “genocide.”

In Article II of the current Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Those acts include killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. Article III described five punishable forms of the crime of genocide: genocide; conspiracy, incitement, attempt and complicity.

Whether intentional, inadvertent, or through failed oversight, the situation in Flint, by extension, certainly displays the clear absence of a moral compass. The situation in Flint visibly brushes against the physical and mental elements of the crime of genocide through its potential to destroy, in whole or in part, an ethnic or racial group. Was there conspiracy, or complicity. We say that is a question best suited for in an arena for criminal and legal proceedings.

Michigan Governor Snyders actions, concomitant with the premeditated actions of other state, county, and local government officials, effectively orchestrated the poisoning of Flint, home to a population of predominant (57%) African ancestry. The deleterious behavior of heartless politicians and their bureaucratic lackeys literally opened the tap permitting unsafe levels of lead and other toxins to flow unabated into Flints water supply.

State officials who tried to report this callous, reprehensible, and inhumane act were rebuffed or ignored. The discounting of those ignored concerns has led to irreversible brain damage in Flint’s children, in addition to the future potential for significant bodily harm to all of Flint’s citizens. While making an economic decision, Michigans Governor, members of his administration, and a host of others were instrumental in the April 2014 cut off of clean, Great Lakes water (Lake Huron via Detroit) to which Flint had long been privy.
Current Flint ABSW Interim President, Majorie Evans, says, With 68% of residents having annual income (2010 U.S. Census) of less than $40,000 (22% less than $10,000, and 27% less than $25,000) Flint had already suffered through two bouts of emergency financial management upon suddenly finding itself in the cross-hairs of a tremendous water associated financial burden. In addition, long-term medical, psychological, and physical challenges loomed over Flints future due being forced to use water from the Flint River….an industrial dumping ground for numerous manufacturing, chemical and automotive entities for more than a century. The uncalculatable costs and devastating consequences of this debacle are and will continue to surface for generations to come.

Today, over 50% of the world is found in urban cities like Flint. By 2040, it is projected that around 60% of the world’s population will occupy cities and will be confronted with major challenges, particularly the provision of clean, potable water. As with most disparities and inequities, the greatest impact will be borne by urban poor: typically disenfranchised, marginalized, and suffering long-term, chronic economic distress. Lacking reliable access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, cities will require sustainable, equitable management of water resources and systems as a paramount priority.

Mistakenly, the purity of tap water is often taken for granted, placing people at considerable risk. Many U.S. water systems deliver drinking water that poses health risks as a result of pollution and deteriorating, out-of-date plumbing. Employment of pre-World War I-era water delivery systems and treatment technology exacerbates breakage in aging pipes, and seepage of contaminants into the water. Equipment designed originally to filter out or kill parasites and bacteria decades ago, are today incapable of managing many of the contaminants being introduced into the environment. As the highest elected Michigan authority, the Governor has ultimate oversight and bears the responsibility and obligation for insuring that Michigan water is safe, clean, and potable.

The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. charges that a crime against humanity has been committed in Flint, Michigan. Although they are acutely aware that in the strictest sense the actions or inaction of Governor Snyder do not fit perfectly within the definition and charge of genocide, they do contend that the resultant outcome has proven to be no less grievous, must not be minimized, and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

For more details about the Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., visit www.michiganabsw.org

 

Photo Caption: Attendees of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

New Book Investigates Donald Trump and “The White Man” – Reveals a Detailed Untold Story of What Whites Did to Africa for More Than 500 Years

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Investigation of White People By Tony Rose

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – According to NAACP award-winning author and publisher Tony Rose, the true and detailed story and history of the atrocities and horrors of what the White people of America and Western Europe did to West Africa, Africa, and its people for over 500 years and the destruction of generations of hundreds and hundreds of millions of Africans, including African Americans in America and those of African descent around the world, has never really been told.

Rose says that who these White people were, what they were, where they came from, what made the White people of Western Europe and America go crazy and have a blood lust and hatred for Africans, Africa, African Americans and people of African descent, to enslave, colonize and subjugate them for over five hundred years has never been revealed… until now!

Rose has released his newest book entitled, An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe, and he calls it an investigation of Donald Trump and “The White Man”.
Book Details:
An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe
By Tony Rose
ISBN-13: 978-1937269487
ISBN-10: 1937269485
Published by Amber Books
(Available in paperbook and as an e-book on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com)
Here’s an overview/ synopsis of the book, according to Tony Rose himself:

Every person and country of color in the entire world hates the name, “The White Man”. Every person and country of color hates “The White Man”. Whenever “The White Man” has gone into countries of color, he has brought death, disease, rape, murder, massacres, prostitution, lies, stealing, enslavement, extinction, land theft, terrorism, his white Jesus religion, and much, much worse.

The White Man is a ridiculous, ignorant, dangerous and murderous person who doesn’t know that everyone in the world laughs at his need for greed, world conquest and power. While all the time, dragging around the world his white, blonde, blue eyed Jesus. Praying to a white Jesus and a white God, when everyone knows that Jesus was a first century Hebrew from Judea, a Middle Easterner Levantine, who was a man of brown complexion and lank, wooly hair”, and that God who is everywhere and everything has no color. Yet The White Man will fight, kill and die for this ignorant, laughable belief and pray to a God and Jesus he thinks is in his white image.

Africans in Africa and African Americans in the United States of America especially hate the name, “The White Man”, and especially hate “The White Man” and “The White Man” knows why. That’s why “The White Man” of America and Western Europe lives in fear, hate and distrust of African Americans and people of color throughout the world.

For hundreds of years, Black people havee lived with so much terror, terrorism and racism from The White Man in the United States of America, that the World Trade Center, 9/11, although horrific, was nothing in comparison to the terror that has been imposed by The White Man on our African forefathers and African Americans throughout the history of America.

The countries and people of color in the Middle East, Asia, South East Asia, Africa, India, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, the Native People of North and South America, the Aborigines of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, the Eskimos or Inuit people, the Hawaiian Islands, all hate the name “The White Man” and all hate “The White Man” who came to their countries with their wars, death, disease, racism and prejudice, lies, terrorism, religion, guns and weapons and pillaged, raped, enslaved, murdered, belittled their culture and stole their land.

I’ve been told that a lot of younger “White Men” don’t know, don’t understand what all the commotion is about in America with “Black Lives Matter” and around the world. Their history books in high school tell them that “The White Man” is privileged and powerful and has only brought good and heroic values to the world, and that the world that should love them, is just jealous of them.

They don’t seem to understand why Black lives matter in America, and what that is about. Well don’t worry! This book will tell you why and what your father, your grandfather, your great-grandfather, your great-great grandfather, your great-great-great grandfather, and so on did to Native Americans, Africans and African Americans in Africa, the United States of America, Western Europe and people of color throughout the world.

This book will tell you why The White Man should cleanse himself and remove the stigma, stain horror and disgrace of his name The White Man forever, into perpetuity, by beginning the process of calling himself what he is, a European American Man. But, he won’t because what The White Man name represents to him is power and white privilege over the Black and colored masses of the world.

As I was watching “The White Man” of America cry over the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-seven people killed at the World Trade Center, the one hundred and thirty people killed in Paris and the fourteen people killed in San Bernardino. I was wondering if “The White Man” had cried over the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of African and African Americans he terrorized, enslaved, brutally killed, raped, murdered, pillaged, stole from, segregated, red-lined, ghettoized, performed institutional racism and intergenerational poverty on for over five hundred years, emotionally and physically destroyed a whole culture. I wondered did “The White Man” cry for the destroyed families and the mass selling of tens of millions of brutally whipped, beaten and raped Black Slaves in America.

I wondered did “The White Man” cry when he watched his government of the United States of America through acts of Congress parcel out and give millions and millions and millions of acres of land, free and superior education, agriculture and subsidies in the north, south, West and the Midwest to its white peasants and immigrants from Europe. Underwriting “The White Man” of America, with bank loans and an economic floor plan that lasts to this day, while giving nothing, absolutely nothing to its poor Black masses, except ghettos, projects and prison. Did you cry then?

Donald Trump, currently running for President of the United States of America, is the epitome of “The White Man’s”, white privilege and power in America. He is a throwback to every “White Man” who terrorized, demoralized, massacred, enslaved, raped, abused, and destroyed every Native American and African American in Africa and America.

He is what every “White Man” in America wants to be again. They, “The White Man”, want America back so that they are free to keep all the colored people in their place. Free to be cruel harbingers of racism and prejudice. Free to take away every right, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans have lived, fought and died for in the tens of millions to get. Free to make America “The White Man’s” domicile and round up, keep in our place, deport, destroy, keep jobless, poor, and begging to our so-called white masters and free to be politically incorrect.

These ignorant white people actually believe that Donald Trump cares about them and will make America white for The White Man again and when Donald J. Trump becomes the President of the White People of the United States of America, he damn well will do all that for The White Man and much, much, more.

Donald Trumps Make America Great Again slogan is a call to all racists and White Supremacist that he will take America back to the good old days of White oppression and terrorism. He the great Donald Trump will Make America Great Again for The White Man.

Donald Trump is a wealthy, stupid, racist, greedy, evil, vicious, fat, ignorant, white bully, who has little regard for anybody, much less African Americans, and if elected will prey upon the weakest and poorest of men. He is a man born to great privilege and wealth, who is selling himself as a man of the white people of America. He is ready to be their leader, much as Hitler was ready to lead the white people of Germany.

He is saying what “The White Man” in America secretly wishes and wants, much like Hitler did in Germany, which is to dominate and control the world with his White Supremacist views and subjugate all the people of color in it.

“The White Man” has been responsible since they crawled out of Greece and Rome for wars that have brought suffering and death to countless trillions of people on earth. But, there was no greater mass murderer and serial killer than Adolph Hitler, who much like Donald Trump is preying on the lower middle class of America, preyed upon the lower middle class Aryan white people of Germany; telling them to take their country back, to make Germany great again, and led them to the slaughter and destruction of hundreds of millions of people all over the world, including themselves.

And now right here in America, Hitler has been reborn in the form of a wealthy white privileged, German immigrant scion, “White Man”, named Donald Trump and the white media can’t get enough of him, thinking he is just some harmless asshole.

If elected President of the United States of America he will bring more death, destruction, poverty, abuse and terrorism to untold millions of Black people and people of color in this country and around the world. This is secretly, under the covers, in the night, what “The White Man” of America really wants. He will keep his promise to The White Man and along with Americas white police force, keep the Black ghettos and projects of America under siege and terrorized.
For more details about An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe and/or to purchase the book, visit www.theinvestigationofwhitepeople.com

Photo Caption: Bookcover and NAACP-award winning author/publisher, Tony Rose

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not CopyLine Magazine

 

31 Indigenous Crops Promoting Health, Food Security

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According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), just twelve crops provide 75 percent of the world’s food. Three of these crops, rice, maize, and wheat contribute to nearly 60 percent of the protein and calories obtained by humans from plants. Since the beginning of the 20th century, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost. 

 

Restoring interest and investment in indigenous crops may offer a solution to food insecurity and the increasing loss of biodiversity. Some traditional plant varieties can help improve nutrition and health, improve local economies, create resilience to climate change, revitalize agricultural biodiversity, and help preserve tradition and culture.

For example, the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC)’s Vegetable Genetic Resources System and Slow Food International’s Ark of Taste are working to catalog indigenous species of fruits and vegetables around the world. And Bioversity International, a research organization in Italy, is delivering scientific evidence, management practices, and policy options to use and safeguard biodiversity among trees and agriculture to achieve sustainable global food and nutrition security.

Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox travels around the world, documenting and tasting thousands of crops. He interviews villagers, and searches markets across the globe for rare and indigenous crops. Simcox helps increase awareness about the importance of preserving plant varieties that are in danger of extinction, improving biodiversity, and distributing rare seeds to the public.

Food Tank has compiled 30 indigenous fruits, vegetables, and grains from many regions across the globe. These foods are not only good for the environment, but delicious, too!

AFRICA

1. Bambara Bean: This tropical African bean is highly nutritious and resilient to high temperatures and dry conditions. The versatile seeds from this hardy plant are used in traditional African dishes, boiled as a snack, produced as flour, and extracted for oil.

2. Cowpea: This legume is one of Africa’s oldest known crops, and an estimated 200 million people depend on it as a staple. The cowpea can be beneficial for both human and environmental health, helping with the body’s absorption and breakdown of other foods and enriching soils.

3. Finger Millet: This African native variety of millet is one of the most nutritious cereal crops in the world. It is high in protein, the amino acid methionine, and has the third highest iron content of any grain.

4. Gemsbok Cucumber: The vines of the Gemsbok cucumber can be seen throughout the sandy deserts of southern Africa. The fruits are a stable to the Kalahari Bushmen and other tribes. The hardy nature of the plant merits attention as a sub-tropical desert crop. The vines are pest-resilient, tenacious and serve as a great ground cover over baking hot sand or soil.

5. Lablab: The native sub-Saharan African legume is a versatile food staple and an ideal grazing crop for goats, cattle, sheep, and pigs. It can be used as a cover crop to repair degraded land and restore nitrogen to the soil.

6. Marama: Often referred to as the green gold of Africa, the marama plant produces edible seeds high in nutrition above ground, and a high-protein tuber below ground. It is native to the Kalahari Desert and serves as an important crop in the region where malnutrition and food insecurity are high.

7. Marula: The versatile native African fruit tree is found in 29 sub-Saharan countries. Fruit from the marula tree has four times as much vitamin C as orange juice and its kernels are rich in antioxidants. Leaves from the marula tree are used to feed livestock; wood is used for bowls, drums, and stools while the tree’s bark has many medicinal qualities.

8. Safou: The safou tree is often referred to as the “butterfruit” for its rich and oily pulp. Native to the tropical forests of West and Central Africa, the safou is high in fats, calorie-dense, and rich in amino acids, micronutrients, and minerals.

EUROPE

9. Ermelo Orange: These Portuguese, medium-sized oranges are known for being sweet and juicy. The thin rind is a distinctive feature of the fruit grown in the region overlooking the Lima River where pesticides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers are forbidden. 

10. Formby Asparagus: Formby asparagus is white at its base, green at its stem, and purple at its tip. Formby, a town near Liverpool, England, was once revered for the award-winning asparagus grown on its fine, sandy soil. The vegetable is high in protein, fiber, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. It also aids in protein synthesis, reduces calcium loss, and has antioxidant properties.

11. Målselvnepe Turnip: This distinct and strong-tasting turnip is considered a delicacy in northern Norway, where it is often consumed raw in addition to being used as an ingredient in stews, soups, and stir-fries. The hardy plant is high in vitamin C and potassium. 

12. Perinaldo Artichokes: This unique thistle vegetable, also known as the French violet, is native to the Mediterranean region and was originally cultivated in ancient Greece. Perinaldo, a small Italian town in the far west of Liguria, is known for the production of the artichokes, which have no spines or choke and are violet in color. The edible flower bud is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, and various minerals. This variety of artichoke is tolerant of cold temperature and drought and very hardy.

ASIA

13. Bitter Melon: Originally from the Indian subcontinent, the tropical and subtropical vine is grown largely throughout Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, which is extremely bitter. It is used in traditional medicine to relieve diabetes, and for the treatment of respiratory illnesses, wounds, skin diseases, and rheumatism.

14. Corchorus olitorius: This native shrub of the Philippines is the primary source of jute fiber. The leaves and young fruits are used as a vegetable and the dried leaves as a tea and soup thickener.

15. Jackfruit: Native to South and Southeast Asia, it is believed to have originated in present-day Goa, India. The jackfruit tree can produce between 100 and 200 large fruits a year, which are rich in vitamin C and protein. Jackfruit is hardy and requires very little maintenance while being resistant to pests and high temperatures.

16. Lemongrass: This widely used culinary herb is found in many Asian countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnamese, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia. Its subtle, citrus flavor is used in soups, teas, and curries. Lemongrass is high in minerals and essential vitamins, which help control blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It is also used for its essential oils, which possess anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-septic properties.

17. Mungbean: The mungbean is native to the Indian subcontinent and cultivated today in India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as in hot, dry regions in the Southern United States and Southern Europe. It is a key component of Asian diets and is valuable for its easily digestible protein. Its high levels of iron help improve the diets of the most vulnerable women and children while also fixing nitrogen in the soil, making it valuable for crop rotations.

18. Pomelo: This large citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia tastes like a sweet, mild grapefruit, and is often used in desserts, salads, drinks, and marmalades.

19. Rambutan: This red, tropical fruit is native to Southeast Asia and closely related to the lychee. The plant, which is also grown in the Caribbean and Africa, is used for its fruit, leaves, bark, and seeds, which are thought to have medicinal qualities.

20. Taro: This popular culinary plant is known for its root starch and leaves. It originated in southern Asia, but is know also recognized as a staple of African, Oceanic, and South Asian cuisines, and is gaining popularity in the western world.

AUSTRALIA AND OCEANIA

21. Bunya Nut: Bunya nuts have been consumed for generations by Australian Aboriginals. The nut is similar to the chestnut both in appearance and taste. The nuts grow on the enormous pines in the few rainforest regions of Australia, but these trees are becoming harder to find as a result of deforestation. 

22. Kumara: The large, sweet, tuber is cultivated on many Pacific Islands and was a staple crop for hundreds of years. The vegetable is rich in complex carbohydrates and beta-carotene and a great source of protein, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, and dietary fiber.

23. Lifou Island Taro: This taro plant, which is native to New Caledonia, has large leaves and sturdy stalks, which provide a key source of starch for many of the Pacific populations. The plant is high in calcium, iron, and protein.

24. Lifou Island Yam: This starchy tuber plays an important role in both nutrition and food security in many Pacific Island nations. The vegetable can be roasted, fried, grilled, boiled, smoked, or grated. Yams can be stored for a long time, and the vegetable has a social and cultural significance on many islands.

25. Perry Pear: This formerly wild variety of pears, otherwise inedible, is pressed for its juice. The pear juice is then transformed into a fermented alcoholic beverage, which can be either sparkling or still. The English introduced the perry pear to Australia, but its production is still very limited, and many of the perry pear varieties are critically endangered.

AMERICAS

26. Chayote: The chayote has been cultivated in Mexico for hundreds of years. The fruit, stems, and young leaves and tuber portions of the roots are eaten as a vegetable, both alone and plain boiled, and as an ingredient of numerous stews. The fruit is often used in children’s food, juices, sauces, and pasta dishes because of its softness.

27. Coconillo: This tropical relative of the Tomato has a large range in tropical South America. The Coconillo is sweet like a cherry, with the same savory flavor of a tomato. The tart, juicy fruits are commonly used to make beverages, and often used in pepper sauces and relishes served with meat or fish. Plants do not seem to be cultivated; rather the locals harvest the fruits off of wild plants.  

28. Sapote: The sapote is a fruit tree from the lower parts of Central America. Its fruit is often eaten raw, and flesh is used to make jams, ice cream, and sauces. In Costa Rica is it used as a linen starch and in Guatemala and El Salvador the seed is used as a skin tonic, to reduce muscular pain, and to treatment rheumatic illnesses.

29. Sweet Corn Root: This tuber, also known as the dale dale, has been cultivated for a long time by the indigenous people of the Amazon basin. It thrives in the tropical wetlands and could be a food source for millions around the world.

30. Woodland Sunflower: This relative of the common garden sunflower used to be a staple food of the Native American people. It is a vigorous and hardy plant, producing abundant tubers that can be cooked just like potatoes. Plants are naturally found in woodland fringes from Illinois to Maine.  

Sincerely,

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Danielle Nierenberg
President, Food Tank
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Sec’y of State Jesse White Kicks Off Organ/Tissue Donation Campaign

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Focus on encouraging registration at Driver Services facilities

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White kicked off the state’s organ/tissue donor campaign as part of a statewide effort to encourage registration and awareness at all 138 Driver Services facilities.

“Since many registrations happen at our facilities, we want to be sure that people are informed when making the decision to give the gift of life,” said White. “There are many myths that make some people fearful about donation and we want to dispel those concerns.”

During the campaign organ/tissue donor staff will be on-site at a number of facilities to answer questions regarding donation. Countertop displays of local recipients and donor families will be featured at various Driver Services facilities so that patrons can see how organ/tissue donation impacts their community. In addition, facility personnel will receive additional training on organ/tissue donation in order to discuss registration with patrons.

April is National Donate Life Month. White will attend events at facilities, hospitals and other venues throughout Illinois to encourage donation. Organizations will be working together to promote donor awareness throughout the state.

Currently, there are more than 5.9 million people registered to become organ/tissue donors in Illinois. However, more than 5,000 are on the waiting list and about 300 people die each year waiting for an organ transplant.

White held a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. In attendance were 7-year-olds Luke and Jake Swanson whose lives were saved because of organ donors. In addition, Secretary of State employee Fatrice Austin-Geiger a two-time kidney recipient and 14-year-old heart recipient Nicholas Lindblad spoke about how organ donation impacted their lives.

“We encourage Illinoisans to join the Secretary of State’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry,” said White. “It takes less than a minute and one person can improve the quality of life for up to 25 people.”

Illinoisans can register with the Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at LifeGoesOn.com, 1-800-210-2106 or by visiting their local Driver Services facility.

This month Driver Services facilities will be distributing organ/tissue donor materials and hosting donor drives.

Health fairs, schools, colleges and hospitals will also be hosting donor drives and featuring displays statewide. In addition, television and radio ads about organ/tissue donation will air in English and Spanish statewide throughout the month. The spot will also be shown in more than 400 theaters across the state.

Donate Life Illinois partners include the American Liver Foundation-Illinois, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor

Network; Eversight; Illinois Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program; LifeSource; Mid-America Transplant Services; Rock River Valley Blood Center; and National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

 

Multiple Shots Fired at FBI SWAT Team Executing Search Warrant

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Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields, Jr. of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Milwaukee Division announced on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at approximately 6:00 a.m. that members of the FBI Milwaukee Division SWAT team executed a state search warrant in the 5700 block of N. 42nd Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon making contact with the residence, multiple shots were fired at FBI personnel from inside the home. However, the bullets impacted a ballistic shield, and no law enforcement personnel were injured. The occupants of the residence were subsequently removed from the home and taken into custody without further incident.

The referenced search warrant was in support of a Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Gang Task Force investigation. The task force’s mission is focused on gang and violent incident crimes and consists of personnel from the FBI and Milwaukee Police Department. As a result, personnel from both agencies responded to the scene.

The referenced investigation is being worked jointly by the FBI Milwaukee Division and Milwaukee Police Department and is being coordinated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Source: FBI

Former St. Louis Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Violating Civil Rights by Assaulting Arrestee

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A former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer pleaded guilty to depriving an arrestee, identified in court documents as M.W., of his civil rights by assaulting him while he was handcuffed, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri.

Thomas Carroll, 52, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Autrey of the Eastern District of Missouri to deprivation of rights under color of law.  Carroll was taken into custody immediately upon the conclusion of today’s hearing.

“Each time a law enforcement officer abuses their authority and the power entrusted to them, it erodes the public trust and makes it that much more difficult for good law enforcement officers to do their jobs,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gupta.  “The Civil Rights Division is committed to prosecuting those law enforcement officers who abuse their authority, break the law and then attempt to cover up their criminal behavior.”

“I have zero tolerance for the actions of police officers who discard justice for their own angry vendetta,” said U.S. Attorney Dickinson.  “I know the vast majority of law enforcement officers join me in repudiating this brand of brutality.  This former police officer not only violated the civil rights of a person in police custody, he violated the public trust and his oath of office.”

M.W. was arrested at Ballpark Village on July 22, 2014, because he was unlawfully in possession of a credit card that belonged to Carroll’s daughter.  Carroll, who was on duty that night, responded to Ballpark Village and confronted M.W., who was already under arrest, handcuffed and seated in the backseat of another officer’s patrol car.  Carroll yelled at M.W., telling him that he made a “huge mistake” and “broke into the wrong girl’s car.”

Another police officer then drove M.W. to the Central Patrol police station, and Carroll followed behind in his own patrol car.

Carroll admitted that, despite orders from a superior officer to stay away from M.W., he entered the interview room where M.W. was handcuffed and shackled to the floor.  Carroll began yelling at M.W., questioning him about who broke into his daughter’s car.  Carroll threw M.W. into a chair and then picked him up and threw him into a wall.  While M.W. was on the ground, Carroll punched M.W. in the torso.  M.W. was handcuffed throughout the assault.  As a result, M.W. suffered bodily injury.

M.W. never posed a threat to Carroll.  Nonetheless, Carroll assaulted M.W. knowing it was wrong and against the law to do so, and knowing that it violated his oath as police officer.

By pleading guilty today, Carroll admitted that he deprived the victim of his constitutional right to be free from unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by a law enforcement officer.

According to the plea agreement, the government will present evidence at Carroll’s sentencing hearing regarding the severity of the assault, which is in dispute, including evidence that Carroll brandished his gun and put it in M.W.’s mouth as well as evidence regarding the nature and extent of the injuries suffered by M.W.  The government will also present evidence that Carroll engaged in obstructive conduct in the days immediately after he assaulted M.W.

Under federal statutes, Carroll is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

In a separate but related case, a former prosecutor for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office pleaded guilty on Oct. 26, 2015, to concealing her knowledge of Carroll’s assault.  Bliss Barber Worrell, 28, of Clayton, Missouri, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony.  Worrell was an assistant circuit attorney in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office Misdemeanor Division from August 2013 through July 2014.  Worrell will be sentenced at a later date.

Worrell admitted that she failed to notify authorities of the assault and that she took an affirmative step to conceal the felony.  Worrell also admitted that she filed charges without disclosing knowledge of the assault to her colleagues, supervisors or the judge assigned to setting a bond.  She admitted that she allowed the charges to stand despite later learning that the facts that made out the charge of attempted escape were fabricated to cover for injuries that the arrestee sustained during the assault.

These cases are being investigated by the FBI’s St. Louis Division.  These cases are being prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Ketchmark of the Western District of Missouri, who has been appointed as Special Attorney to the U.S. Attorney General, and Trial Attorney Fara Gold of the Civil Rights Division.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Missouri is prosecuting these cases with the Civil Rights Division due to the recusal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Missouri.

Source: FBI

The Way to End Police Crime is Community Control!

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 From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

 
The only thing new in the office of Police Monitor, proposed Tuesday by Ald. Leslie Hairston to replace the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), is that the Monitor would not be appointed by the Mayor. Instead the City Council would select the people who would select the person who the Council would then select as the Monitor. Hairston adds a few town halls to this merry-go-round, and that’s it for community input.

 

There is little that the proposed Monitor could do that the current Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) could not do. In fact, Sharon Farley, the mayor’s newly appointed chief of IPRA, has already proposed many of these ideas, all subject to the approval of the mayor.

 

Hairston’s Monitor can still be overruled by the City Council, the Police Board or the Police Superintendent. The Monitor would serve at the pleasure of the mayor. So the mayor is still running the show. And that’s a problem.

 

This proposal by Ald. Hairston is just re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. However well-intentioned she and the authors of the ordinance may be, the ship is still sinking. The people are still being victimized by police crime.

 

Only the day before she announced this proposal Ald. Hairston participated in a joint meeting initiated by the City Council Black Caucus to review proposals with the aim of holding the police accountable to the community. The Chicago Alliance, the Community Renewal Society, and the IPRA leadership all presented their proposals.

 

Ald. Hairston very actively participated in that discussion. She did not say one word about this proposed Monitor until the next morning.

 

Police crimes will continue until the City Council puts the power to control all aspects of police policy and practice into the hands of the people by passing the proposed ordinance for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). This will give the people the power to decide how their communities should be policed and by whom. It will give the people the power to fire, and send for federal prosecution, cops who commit crimes such as murder, torture, and racial profiling.

 

CPAC is the only viable alternative to this tragic cycle of police crime. It is also the only democratic solution. Now is the time for all of us to say:

 

No More IPRA! No More Police Board! No auditor! No Monitor! Only CPAC!

 

Cook County Board to Consider Approval of Construction Budget For New Central Campus Health Center

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Cook County Board of Commissioners will be presented with a proposal for construction of the much-needed Central Campus Health Center, a new state-of-the-art outpatient facility, at its meeting April 13.  

The new facility, which will adjoin the current John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital, will provide patients of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) with improved health care delivery and consolidate many functions now housed in three buildings that have passed their useful lives.

The measure will be introduced at the April 13 Board of Commissioners meeting and then referred to the Board’s Finance Committee. Once approved by the Cook County Board, the development team will shift to Phase Two implementation of the health center project that consists of finalizing design and construction for the clinical and office spaces in the new facility.

The proposal would authorize a contract extension and budget for the development team of $108.5M.  The total project budget of $118.5 million includes about $10 million in “soft” costs often associated with large capital projects, such as consultants, legal fees, contingencies and financial analysis.

“Building this new ambulatory care facility is more than replacing old buildings,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “It is a transformative centerpiece for system-wide operational and programmatic reform.  It will enable the health system to offer a modern patient experience that is competitive in contemporary healthcare markets for years to come by providing facilities that match the first-rate care already available through the health system.”

“Health systems across the country, including ours, are increasingly focused on providing more outpatient ‘health’ care and reducing the need for costly inpatient ‘sick’ care,” said Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO, CCHHS. “The new Central Campus Health Center will allow us to provide patients the care they need to get and stay well in a more efficient and patient-centered manner.”

The building will dramatically reduce the County’s real estate footprint with a new, efficient building by decommissioning three buildings that are outdated and operationally inefficient.

Highlights of the new Central Campus Health Center include:

·         A new nine-story 282,000-square-foot building that will consolidate many of the services in the current administration building on Polk Street (which was built in 1931), the Fantus Health Center (built in 1959) and the Hektoen Administration Building (built in 1964). Altogether, these old buildings comprise about 680,000 square feet of real estate.

·         The Central Campus Health Center will allow CCHHS to improve and expand outpatient services, reduce operating costs, improve patients’ experience, and increase clinical and administrative efficiency. CCHHS sees more than 100,000 unique patients through over 550,000 clinic visits annually on the central campus, demonstrating the need for more clinically efficient and upgraded Central Campus Health Center.

·         The new building will also allow the County to avoid costly capital renewals for the outdated and inefficient buildings. Deferred maintenance on the old buildings, according to a U.S. Equities study from 2013, was estimated to be $125M ($128M in inflation-adjusted costs today), greater than the amount to be spent on the new building.

·         Much-needed surface parking for the CCHHS campus will be added on the current Fantus site once the clinics are moved into the new facility and Fantus is demolished.

The Board last October approved a development team for the project headed by Clayco, which has been at work on Phase One programming and schematic design for the construction project. The Board’s action followed an extensive Request for Proposals process that began in November 2014.

Groundbreaking is anticipated for the first quarter of 2017 contingent upon all necessary regulatory rules and approvals, including the Illinois Facilities and Services Review Board. Completion of the new building is anticipated in mid-2018.

Project construction will meet the County’s MBE/WBE, local hiring and prevailing wage requirements and/or goals.  The development team will work closely with the Chicago-Cook Workforce Partnership on outreach and training, with a focus on local hiring.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Brief Remarks on Press Conference Call to Announce the Justice Department’s Action to Block Halliburton’s Acquisition of Baker Hughes

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Washington, DC

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch: Thank you Bill [Baer], and good morning everyone.  Thank you for joining us on this call.  I know that there’s a great deal of interest in the activity of today, and we’re pleased to have this opportunity to provide you information and give you a chance to ask questions of Bill on this call.  And I thank all of you for following this work and following our economic news.

Obviously, this is one of our significant merger cases.  Our merger laws seek to protect the economy by condemning and/or blocking acquisitions that would eliminate rivals, increase market concentration or reduce incentives to compete and to innovate.  And when we find those examples in a proposed transaction, the Department of Justice has an obligation to review it and take action.

Halliburton’s effort to acquire Baker Hughes – one of its two leading U.S. and worldwide competitors – violates the core antitrust principles that I have just outlined.  The proposed merger would substantially reduce competition in 23 separate markets for oil field products and services, and it would turn many of those markets into non-competitive duopolies.

Now, as we all know, this industry is critical to energy exploration and production both in the United States and around the world.  Now America and the American consumer deserve meaningful competition today and in the future in each of these markets so these markets can thrive.

Now, I know the companies do claim that they can overcome these fundamental antitrust problems by offering to divest a mix and match of assets in some of the markets.  And those of you who follow these cases know that often times divestiture can be effective – but not always.  And the proposal put forth by the companies fails to address our concerns.  The proposal is complicated, risky and regulatory, but most importantly, it falls far short of preserving – much less enhancing – the current competitive dynamic.  Simply put, the parties’ merger puts competition at risk in too many markets.  It’s not fixable and it should be enjoined.

Now, let me offer my thanks to the Antitrust Division team that has worked so diligently to investigate this merger and uncover these many flaws.  As the complaint that we filed today illustrates, a vibrant economy depends on meaningful competition and vigilance by the department in challenging transactions like this that threaten to deny our citizens the benefit of competitive markets.

I will be speaking on this topic later today at the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Spring Meeting, but for now, let me again thank you all for joining this call, let me turn the call back over to Bill who will give you further information on the action that we filed today and he will take your questions.

Thank you all so much.

Collaboraction’s 20th Anniversary World Premiere Connected to Explore Technology, Spanning Time and Space, April 21-May 29 in Chicago’s Flat Iron Arts Building

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CHICAGO, IL – For its 20th anniversary show, Collaboraction is exploring mankind, technology and our connection to it all with the world premiere of Connected, the story of humankind as told by the nine planets in our solar system, starting with the Big Bang and stopping at numerous historical and future campfires along the way.

 

Part historical docudrama, part science fiction, Connected soars through the history of space and time for an exciting new immersive theatre experience illuminating our relationship with technology and each other, and how a special tribe used its unique connection to one another to survive it all.

 

Performances are April 21 through May 29 at Collaboraction, in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Room 300, in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

 

 

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are $15-$30. For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call (312) 226-9633.

 

Led by Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, Connected will be a milestone production that takes on the critical social issue of technology and whether we allow it to bring us together or isolate us further. Connected features intimate staging where the audience of 50 sits in a circle around a metaphorical campfire as the action takes place all around them. The production uses puppets, 3-D mapped video projections, meta-theatrics, social media, audience interaction and story-telling.

 

Audience members are asked to bring headphones and a smart phone, if they have them, in order to experience the pre-show silent disco. Each performance will be followed by a town hall discussion with an expert in astrophysics, technology or human evolution. Audience members also can join the Connected community, share content to be included in the show and find information that deepens the experience of seeing the performance at collaboraction.org.

 

“For our 20th anniversary show, we wanted to explore and celebrate the origin of theatre itself, the ancient phenomena of coming together around a campfire to share stories and dream about the unknown, a uniquely human endeavor which speaks to our need for community and our penchant for asking the questions ‘why’,” said Moseley. “We aim to make this a show really about community and our connection to one another. I can promise it will be a truly unique piece of Chicago theatre history in its staging and scope.”
Connected features an ensemble cast included Collaboraction company members Antonio Brunetti and Luis Crespo, along with Justin Dietzel, Amber Hughee, Warren Levon, Mary Mikva, Annie Prichard, Rasika Ranganathan, and introducing Stella Moseley.

 

The design team includes Anthony Moseley (writer/director), Jen Ellison (assistant director), Ashley Woods (set design), Erik Barry (lighting design), Elsa Hiltner (costume design), Matthew Reich (sound design), Rachel Watson (puppet and prop design), Sam Porretta (Outside Eye), Sarah Moeller (producer), Erica Bush (production manager), Caitlin Body (stage manager), Ian Downing-Beaver (dramaturg) and Stephanie Svarz (artistic intern).

 

Previews of Connected are April 21-26: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Press opening is Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Performances run through May 27: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Industry Night performances are Monday, April 28 and May 23 at 7:30 p.m. No show Thursday, April 28. Single tickets are $30; $15 for students, educators and industry. Purchase tickets online at collaboraction.org or call 312.226.9633.

 

About Collaboraction

 

Collaboraction (collaboraction.org) collaborates with artists, community activists, and citizens from throughout the city to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues with a diverse community of Chicagoans. Collaboraction has worked with more than 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to more than 100,000 audience members.

 

Production highlights include Collaboraction’s acclaimed series of Crime Scene productions responding to Chicago’s current crime epidemic, 15 years of the SKETCHBOOK Festival, Sarah Moeller’s Forgotten Future: The Education Project in 2014, 2010’s Chicago premiere of 1001 by Jason Grote, 2008’s world premiere of Jon by George Saunders and directed by Seth Bockley, and 2007’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow: an instant message with excitable music by Rolin Jones.

 

Collaboraction, based on the 3rd floor of Wicker Park’s historic Flat Iron Arts Building with three theatre spaces, is led by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, Executive Director Darcy Addison and a dedicated staff and board of directors.

 

Collaboraction is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation via the MacArthur Foundation, and the Wicker Park & Bucktown SSA #33 Chamber of Commerce. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

 

 

For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call 312.226.9633.

 

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