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Senator Collins, Treasurer Summers Aim to Protect Small Businesses

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Anti-predatory lending measure approved by Senate committee


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) is working with City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers to protect small businesses with legislation recently approved by the Senate Financial Institutions Committee. The measure will apply to the sparsely regulated alternative commercial lending industry the same kinds of transparency standards that currently govern residential mortgage lenders, banks and credit unions.

“Small businesses are the engines of our economy and employ half of Illinois’ private sector workers, but their access to credit through traditional lenders has dwindled since the recession, and alternative lenders – some of which are operating in a misleading or predatory manner – have stepped into the void,” Collins said. “Our goal is to craft a law that maintains access to capital for small business owners who need it, yet protects them from deceptive practices, excessive fees and loans they ultimately cannot repay.”

“Too often we’re seeing instances where hard-working entrepreneurs are being preyed upon by a growing number of unscrupulous lenders,” Summers said.

Senate Bill 2865 requires alternative lenders to disclose their interest rates on commercial loans, limits certain types of fees and creates standards that protect small business owners from economic distress by requiring lenders to assess borrowers’ ability to repay.

Congressional Black Caucus Statement on Republican Congress Missing Budget Deadline

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) made the following statement after House Republicans missed the April 15th budget deadline:

“The Republican Leadership in the House have chosen the route of inaction and failed to present a 2017 budget for Congress to debate and consider. But it is more alarming that Speaker Ryan’s ‘Road to Ruin’ proposed cuts that were not deep enough for a majority of his party to agree on. His proposal to end the Medicare guarantee and execute $6.5 trillion in cuts demonstrates Congressional Republicans’ disdain for the social safety net that so many Americans depend on.

“The budget is supposed to provide direction on how we can plan to fund the federal government in the upcoming year, but the missed deadline will make it that much harder for a plan to be vetted, debated, and decided on by Congress. We will continue to fight for a budget that reflects the values of the American people and one that will emphasize our long-standing commitment to eradicating poverty in America by increasing economic opportunities through investments in education, infrastructure, affordable housing, small business, and job training. We must protect and strengthen the social safety net, which will stop millions of families from sinking deeper into poverty.”

11 Seguin-Based Texas Mexican Mafia Members and Associates Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

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Federal, state and local authorities arrested eight individuals and are looking for three others in connection with a heroin/cocaine trafficking operation in the Seguin and New Braunfels, TX areas announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Seguin Police Chief Kevin Kelso and New Braunfels Police Chief Tom Wibert.

Those arrested include:

  • Joey Mertz Gonzales (aka “Wheel Chair”), age 47, of Seguin;
  • Jeffrey Ozell Sarabia (aka “Guero”), age 43, of Seguin;
  • Eddie Flores (aka “Lil E”), age 29, of Seguin;
  • Carlos Rios, age 45, of Live Oak, TX;
  • David Phillip Urdiales (aka “Termite”), age 37, of New Braunfels;
  • Cruz Carlos Acosta, age 36, of New Braunfels;
  • Noel Arce, age 44, of Mario, TX; and,
  • Mario Albert Leal, Jr. (aka “Lil Man”), age 34, of Seguin.

Authorities are still searching for:  Adrian Francisco Barbosa (aka “Lil A”), age 29, of New Braunfels; John Gary Ortiz (aka “Big John”), age 30, of Seguin; and, Christopher James Davila (aka “Luck”), age 32, of Seguin.

A federal grand jury indictment, unsealed this afternoon in San Antonio, charges the defendants with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Rios is also charged with three counts; Acosta and Arce, two counts; and, the remaining defendants with one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.  The indictment alleges that the defendants are responsible for distributing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in the Seguin and New Braunfels areas since 2010.

During this investigation, authorities seized approximately three pounds of heroin, approximately 13 pounds of powder cocaine, one pound of “crystal” methamphetamine; one pound of marijuana; approximately $60,000 in U.S. Currency; and six firearms.

The defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison upon conviction.  Those defendants arrested today remain in federal custody awaiting detention hearings in federal court next week.

It is important to note that an indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This case resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI together with the Seguin Police Department, New Braunfels Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  If you have information as to the whereabouts of Barbosa, Ortiz and Davila, please contact the FBI at (210) 225-6741.

Source: FBI

Munger: ‘We Are All in This Together, We All Will Wait In Line’

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Comptroller puts elected leader pay on par with other obligations


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Sunday announced that compensation for Illinois’ General Assembly members and Constitutional Officers – herself included – will be treated the same as all other government payments and delayed due to the state’s $7.8 billion bill backlog.


Illinois is in its 10th month of operation without a budget in place, leaving the state to pay bills under a patchwork of Court Orders, Consent Decrees and statutory authorizations. As a result, the state is expected to dig $6.2 billion deeper in the hole this year, worsening its fiscal condition, exacerbating cash flow challenges and lengthening payment delays.


With families, social service organizations, schools and businesses waiting months on end for promised payments from the state, Munger said it is appropriate for elected leaders to face delays as well.


“Our social service network is being dismantled, mass layoffs are occurring and small businesses across Illinois are awaiting payments for services they’ve already provided,” Munger said. “As our cash crunch grows in the coming months, it is only appropriate that the unfair prioritization of payments to elected leaders ends. We are all in this together, we all will wait in line.”


Salaries for the state’s six Constitutional Officers and 177 General Assembly members total approximately $1.3 million a month, or $15.6 million annually. The elected leaders are customarily paid on the last day of the month. Munger noted that her office will still process the vouchers monthly, but the warrants will then wait in a queue with other payments before being released when cash is available.


State payments are currently delayed a minimum of two months, unless they are expedited due to severe hardship. That wait time is expected to grow in lower revenue months in the Summer and Fall.


“It is the right thing to do,” Munger said. “And if this action helps bring all sides together to pass a balanced budget and end this unnecessary and devastating hardship to our state, that is an added benefit.


“Illinois needs a balanced budget. It is well past time that we get it done.”



Whistleblower Summit® for Civil & Human Rights Summit Talks-Whistleblower Lecture Series

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Over the past twelve years members of the MISC (whistleblowers and advocates) have passed thirteen laws, including: No FEAR and the WPEA, conducted congressional lobby days, provided CLE training, written Op-Eds, published magazines and books, hosted radio shows, provided mentoring and lawyer referrals, penned sign-on letters, submitted amicus briefs, written columns and law review articles, made television appearances, held protest rallies at the White House and on the National Mall; we’ve even “occupied” government agencies and hosted both national and regional conferences in Washington, DC; New York, N.Y.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; Baltimore, Md.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Houston, Texas.


It is an impressive list of accomplishments when you consider all of the stigmatism and stress that individual whistleblowers face at the hands of the government and evil corporations. Together, the MISC community has achieved impressive results.


The purpose of the Whistleblower Summit® is to celebrate the collective achievements of whistleblowers and our advocates. The Whistleblower Summit® for Civil and Human Rights, is the largest and most prestigious whistleblower conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. We are organizing a whistleblower lecture event (mini-summit) at the Clinton School in April. We are researching historically significant Arkansas Whistleblowers as well as notable investigative journalists in the state and nationally. Consequently, we are partnering with the Clinton School of Public Service to bring the Whistleblower Summit® to Little Rock later this spring.


The Whistleblower Summit® is unique because it combines legislative advocacy, public policy discussions with community and social events. During the conference we have panel discussions, press conferences, award presentations, receptions, luncheon/dinner, movie night, book signings, etc. Senator John Boozman was previously honored with a “Pillar Award” at the Whistleblower Summit® on Capitol Hill in 2014 for supporting criminal prosecutions following the revelations about wrongdoing and “cooking the books” within the Veteran’s Administration.


We are in the midst of a campaign to designate July 30th as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. While the usage of the term “whistleblower” in popular culture began in the 1970s around the Vietnam War-the first law the provided protections to citizens (whistleblowers) who report abuses of the public trust was passed by the Continental Congress on July 30th, 1778. Arkansas State Representatives Vivian Flowers and Ken Ferguson are introducing a proclamation or resolution to support that holiday-Arkansas could be the first State Legislature to support National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
We are planning a one and a half day summit built around our panel/presentation at the Clinton School on April 22, 2016.


And we want to center the summit on national whistleblowers as well as high-profile journalists. We have already reached out to AETN and they have expressed interest in this topic and event. I have attached a tentative schedule / calendar of events to this email.


Marcel Reid, Whistleblower Liaison, Pacifica Radio Network
Michael McCray, ACORN 8/co-founder, International Association of Whistleblowers
The MISC is as assortment of various public interest and advocacy groups including the ACORN 8, Government Accountability Project, Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund, International Association of Whistleblowers, American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Project On Government Oversight, Public Citizen, Coalition for Chang (C4C), No FEAR Coalition, the Union of Concerned Scientists, United Food and Commercial
Workers International Union, Voices for Corporate Responsibility, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters. MISC members focus on significant areas of public concern and individual rights, such as First Amendment, federal workforce, medical safety, national security, judicial reform, etc.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:30-9:00 PM
Radio (Drive Time) In-Studio with Whistleblower Call-Ins
Power 92.3 FM
News Talk Radio
PSAs should run (10x) at least 15 Days in Advance / per station.
1:00-3:00 PM
Little Rock Central High School-VIP Tour
Ntl Park Service / Visitor Center
2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72202


3:30-5:00 PM
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center-VIP Tour
Mosaic Templars Center
501 W. Ninth Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
5:30-8:30 PM
Whistleblower Summit-Welcome Reception
Hearn Fine Art Gallery
1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C
Little Rock, AR 72206
Friday, April 22, 2016
9:00-10:00 AM
Press Conference: National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Flint Water Contamination Crisis
State Representative Vivian Flowers
State Representative Ken Ferguson
Michael McCray, Whistleblower Summit
Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center
Marcel Reid, Pacifica Radio Network
Carlton Winfrey, Detroit Free Press
Clinton Presidential Library
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
10:00-11:00 AM
Clinton Presidential Library-VIP Tour (Request)
Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
11:30-1:00 PM
Luncheon / Keynote: National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center
State Representative Vivian Flowers
State Representative Kenneth Ferguson
Senator John Boozman (or staff)
Clinton School for Public Service
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
1:00-2:30 PM
Whistleblower Panel A: Whistleblower Summit / Make It Safe Campaign (MISC) Veterans Administration Crisis
Michael McCray, USDA Whistleblower
Marcel Reid, ACORN Whistleblower / Pacifica Radio
Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project
Sean Higgins, VA Whistleblower (Memphis, TN)
Clinton School for Public Service
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
3:00-4:30 PM
Whistleblower Panel B: National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Fearless (No FEAR) Advocacy, Flint Water Contamination Crisis
Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblower Center
Matthew Fogg, U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal (retired)
Carlton Winfrey, Detroit Free Press
Diane Andrews, In Black & White
Clinton School for Public Service
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
6:30-8:30 PM
Whistleblower Summit-Movie Night: Film Screening
Matthew Fogg, U.S. Chief Deputy Marshal (retired)
The Seven Five (Documentary)
Hearn Fine Art Gallery
1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C
Little Rock, AR 72206
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00-12:00 PM
Whistleblower Book Signing & Discussion Group
Michael McCray, Race, Power & Politics (Inside ACORN Story)
Marcel Reid, Race, Power & Politics (Inside ACORN Story)
Stephen Kohn, The Whistleblowers Handbook
Tom Devine, The Corporate Whistleblowers Survival Guide
Pyramid Book Store
1001 Wright Avenue. Suite C
Little Rock, AR 72206


Father of 5 Asks for Sanctuary in Chicago Southside On Day Supreme Court Hears DAPA

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Family Refuses to Allow One -Year Short of Paperwork Be Cause of Their Separation
Jose Juan Federico Moreno is a father of 5 U.S. citizen children who had been given until last Friday April 15, 2016 to leave the country and ‘self-deport.’ After seven years of fighting his deportation, the Chicago ICE office denied the request to postpone the separation from his family, leaving him no option but to take sanctuary in a south side church.

On Monday, the day that the Supreme Court begins arguments on the President’s deferred action program for parents of U.S. citizens (DAPA), Moreno and his wife, Berenice Alonzo, will be speaking to the press about their decision to seek sanctuary. Ms. Alonzo, who would be eligible for DAPA, will be speaking at Chicago’s press conference on the Supreme Court hearings in front of ICE on Monday morning. After the press conference, along with supporters, she will go visit Mr. Moreno at his space of Sanctuary, where he will be available to talk to press.

The press conference will be held Monday April 18, 2016 11:00-11:30 A.M., outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, 101 West Congress, in Chicago. Moreno, his wife Alonzo and his five children., members and leaders of Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP), the Chicago Religions Leadership Network (CRNL), West Suburban Action Project (PASO), and members of the #Not1More Deportation Campaign will attend.

On the day that the Supreme Court of the United States begins to hear arguments for the President’s deferred action program that is supposed to bring relief from deportation to millions of parents of U.S. citizens, Moreno, a father of 5 U.S. citizens, announced that he is taking refuge in a Chicago south side church. Mr. Moreno was supposed to go to O’Hare airport to self-deport on Friday, but instead decided to fight to stay with his children.

His wife, Alonzo, who would qualify for DAPA, said: “When I heard about DAPA I thought it would be good for my entire family. Maybe me and my husband could stop fearing being separated from our children. When he was given the date for deportation, we talked and decided that our children would have a better life and opportunities in their country where they were born. We would stay here even if he were to be deported. But we also know the best option for our children is if he is here to help me raise them, to provide for them, help them in school and in life. I ask ICE to re-consider their decision and let our family stay together.”

Moreno was first placed in deportation proceedings in 2009 following a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He paid all his fines, attended rehabilitation and driving safety classes, and otherwise has never had any other infraction. Despite that, his family has had to fight tirelessly to stop his deportation as ICE refuses to use discretion in his case. While a judge recognized that Juan Jose’s deportation would cause hardship and undue suffering for his children, he ultimately upheld his deportation order because although he has lived here for 16 years, he could only find paperwork to prove he’s been in the US for the last nine. The local ICE office has denied his petitions for a stay of deportation despite the extreme hardships that his family would face if he was deported.

A petition in support of stopping Mr. Moreno gathered over 2,600 signatures before Mr. Moreno took sanctuary. A new one can be found at:  http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/portfolio/josejuan/

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a community based organization in Illinois that organizes against unfair and inhumane immigration enforcement practices that impact immigrant communities.

TODAY, On Tax Day, Chicago Activists Tell the IRS: “Our Tax Dollars Should Not Subsidize the Jewish National Fund’s Displacement of Palestinians”

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Group to call on IRS to investigate Jewish National Fund’s tax-exempt status as part of national call issued by the Stop the JNF Campaign

In support of a legal complaint filed by the National Lawyers’ Guild as part of the international Stop the JNF Campaign, Chicago-area activists will symbolically deliver thousands of petition signatures to Chicago IRS office calling for an investigation into the Jewish National Fund’s non-profit status.

On Monday, April 18 (Tax Day), the group leaves from 637 S. Dearborn at Noon and arrives at Federal Plaza around 12:15.

This petition delivery is taking place in tandem with actions in the Bay Area, Twin Cities, and Washington, D.C. organized nationally by the Stop the JNF Campaign.

The Stop the JNF Campaign is led nationally by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), the National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG) and the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA. International organizers of the campaign include IJAN, the Boycott National Committee (BNC), Stop the Wall, Palestinian Farmers Collective, Scottish PSC & Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Local co-sponsors of the petition delivery include American Muslims for Palestine-Chicago, the Arab-Jewish Partnership, the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP), Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago and the US Palestinian Community Network (USCPN).

On March 30, 2016, the National Lawyers Guild submitted a regulatory challenge to the IRS requesting an investigation into the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund (the JNF) on grounds of discrimination and facilitating human rights violations. Thousands across the country are signing an online petition to support this request and wholeheartedly encourage the IRS to investigate the questionable charitable status of the JNF.

The JNF is an organization that receives tax-exemption as both a charitable and an environmental organization. In reality the JNF is neither and therefore does not qualify for tax-exempt status. The JNF was created in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land for exclusively Jewish settlement and use. This mandate alone warrants the revocation of the JNF’s tax-exempt status because it forms the basis for the JNF’s current-day discriminatory and racially motivated land-use restrictions that undermine the human and civil rights of Palestinians.

Today, through “Blueprint Negev,” the JNF in the United States is investing over $600 million to develop housing tracts and to landscape over Bedouin villages and land. As such they are leading activities that are based on race-based discrimination and include inequitable access to facilities, housing discrimination, and forcible transfer.

Based on its long history of discrimination and participation in forced displacement of Bedouin and Palestinian people, we call on the IRS to investigate and ultimately revoke the charitable status of the JNF on grounds that its activities are discriminatory and illegal.

For more information, contact: Hatem Abudayyeh, US Palestinian Community Network, hatem85@yahoo.com, 773-301-4108

Michael Deheeger, Chicago Organizer, Jewish Voice for Peace, michael@jewishvoiceforpeace.org(847) 494-0356


FBI Recognizes Leaders from Around the Nation; Director’s Community Leadership Awards Presented

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At FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., 56 individuals and organizations—all leaders within their communities—were recognized by Director James Comey on their extraordinary contributions to education and to the prevention of crime and violence within their communities.

Comey called today “one of the very best days in the FBI’s year.”

Each recipient received the Director’s Community Leadership Award, presented every year since 1990 by FBI field offices around the country to publicly honor those who have gone above and beyond the call to service by tirelessly working to make their own cities and towns a better and safer place for their fellow residents.

The 2015 award recipients come from all backgrounds, all professions, and all parts of the country, and the issues they focus on vary greatly. But according to Comey, “They are united by a single thing—an effort to do good.” 

Comey explained why the FBI publicly recognizes community leaders in this annual ceremony. “First,” he said, “we want to thank them, because they’re doing the same things we’re doing, which is trying to make life better for the American people.”

“And secondly,” added Comey, “we want to show the world what America looks like…and that this is what we do in communities all over the country.” He also hopes that the honorees inspire others, especially young people, to follow in their footsteps.

Among the individuals and organizations recognized during 2015 by FBI field offices were:

Anchorage: Samuel Johns, for helping homeless Alaskan native reconnect with their families, friends, and culture through Forget Me Not, the non-profit organization he founded. More

Baltimore: Operation Pulse (People United to Live in a Safe Environment), for its work to reduce violent crime in and around East Baltimore through a variety of crime prevention programs for churches, senior groups, churches, and businesses. More

Honolulu: Roy Sakuma, who for the past 50 years has taught, mentored, inspired, and brought hope to thousands of people in Hawaii and even Japan, and who has spent countless hours speaking to school children, candidly sharing his experiences regarding bullying, suicide, and insecurity. More

Houston: The Houston-based non-profit K9s4COPS organization, for providing K-9s to help police find explosives, drugs, and weapons in some of our nation’s most at-risk communities and for assisting in the apprehension of more than 400 violent fleeing suspects. More

Los Angeles: Omar Siddiqui, for bringing Muslim community leaders to the table to meet with Los Angeles FBI representatives and for encouraging young Muslim adults to participate in FBI-sponsored community outreach programs. More

Memphis: Zulfat Suara, for her work with students in Hardeman County involving the Junior Achievement Program, which teaches students skills like managing finances and making good career choices. More

San Francisco: The KlaasKids Foundation, established by the family of murder victim Polly Klaas, for its efforts in locating and assisting children exploited by perpetrators of child sex crimes in the Bay area. More

St. Louis: The Fortune 500 company Emerson, through its Ferguson Forward initiative, for donating $8.5 million and operating 30 programs—focused on areas like early childhood education, youth jobs, college scholarships, and technical and trade careers—for the young people of Ferguson and North St. Louis County, Missouri. More

A special thanks to the winners for giving of their time and talents to enhance the lives of others.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Statement on Police Accountability Task Force Report

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“I’ve been briefed on the task force’s findings and recommendations and I want to commend Lori Lightfoot and members of the task force on their work and their honesty in bringing long-needed official focus to these issues.

“This report serves as a critical voice for thousands of Chicago residents and entire communities.  I have long believed, and have often stated, that the institutional mindset within CPD needs drastic reform. CPD must act quickly and effectively to establish confidence with Chicago residents, especially in communities of color.

“The people of Chicago have spoken and not just with their voices, but with their feet and with their votes on this issue. The message is clear: police must be accountable to the people, and it is time for all elected officials to take that message to heart.  We must dismantle long-standing institutional roadblocks and implement policies that will empower ordinary people.  We must change the status quo that has damaged communities of color and destroyed public trust in the system.

“I am ready and willing to help the mayor on the specific recommendations that mention my office and on any other initiatives that will move the needle on reform.”

National Urban League Mourns the Passing of Alma Arrington Brown

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From: Marc H. Morial, President & CEO

National Urban League


There are few members of our Urban League family who have made a greater impact, or whose loss will be felt more deeply than Alma Arrington Brown, who passed away last week at the age of 76.

Alma was lifelong Urban Leaguer who attended Camp Atwater, the summer camp owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield, Massachusetts. She and her husband, the late DNC Chair and Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, were passionate champions of the Urban League Movement throughout their lives.

During her nearly 20 years of service on our Board of Trustees, Alma was an active, passionate advocate for the league’s agenda and governance. In 2010, we honored her at our New York Equal Opportunity Day Dinner with our Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to her service to the National Urban League, Alma was a national leader in public and community service. She was a program specialist with the National Black Child Development Institute, program director of the National Council of Negro Women and Director of the Office of International Business. She hosted her own public affairs show on Washington’s WKYS-FM and was active in the United Negro College Fund and the Girl Scouts of America.

We join Alma’s family and the entire country in mourning her loss.

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