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Madigan: Constitutional Amendment will Help Strengthen State Support for Education

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Speaker of the Illinois House Michael J. Madigan on Monday issued the following statement regarding a constitutional amendment to strengthen education throughout Illinois:

“Every student in Illinois deserves an excellent education. By helping our schools deliver a world-class education to our children, we are helping teachers mold the minds of the leaders of tomorrow who can take our state, our country and our world to new heights of achievement. But when it comes to improving our education system, conversations are not enough. We have to put our words into actions.

“Too many school districts from every region of the state struggle to provide the excellent education they want to give our students. Increasing the per-pupil foundation level was and continues to be a needed step in the right direction, but it is not enough. We need to do more for our students.

“In February, Governor Rauner stated his support for increasing funding for elementary schools and high schools through the foundation level. I, too, support increasing the level of funding for our schools, as Democrats in the General Assembly did last year and have done for many years. But we need to do more.

“We must resolve to strengthen our education system and increase needed funding for our schools in the long term. So I urge members of the General Assembly and Governor Rauner to join me in support of making an excellent education a right for our children. I also urge Governor Rauner to resist the temptation to follow the lead of former Governor Jim Edgar, who opposed a similar plan to strengthen education during his tenure as governor. I encourage Governor Rauner to reaffirm his commitment to education by using his extensive influence within the House and Senate Republican caucuses to help pass this measure in the House Elementary and Secondary Appropriations Committee today and through both chambers of the General Assembly. With the governor’s help, we can better provide local schools with the additional resources they need to give our children a world-class education.

“Under House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 57, the state constitution would declare that an excellent education is no longer simply a goal of the people of Illinois, but a fundamental right, and that the state has the preponderant responsibility to fund local schools. In November 1992, I urged passage of a similar effort via referendum. Though the measure received the support of 57 percent of voters, opponents of the proposal succeeded in preventing it from attaining the 60 percent of support needed to amend the state constitution.

“This amendment deserves another chance to succeed, and our children deserve greater support to help them make their dreams a reality.”

Illinois House Committee to Vote on Landmark Bill Regarding Solitary Confinement

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HB 5417 would require that almost all prisoners be allowed out of their cells four hours per day

Wednesday at 8:30 AM, the Illinois House Restorative Justice Committee will hold a hearing regarding HB 5417, the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act, which would bring sweeping and much-needed changes to the way that prisoners are treated in Illinois. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives La Shawn K. Ford and Mary E. Flowers.

Extensive research shows that the practice of subjecting individuals to extreme isolation causes pain, suffering, psychological and emotional trauma, physical injury, and, in extreme cases, death. Many prisoners have spent months, years, and in some cases decades in solitary confinement. Currently, prisoners can be put in solitary confinement for even slight infractions, such as rolling one’s eyes at a guard.

Thirty thousand prisoners are released from Illinois’ prisons every year. Those who have been subjected to prolonged solitary confinement are often too traumatized to work and must collect Social Security income.

A United Nations expert on torture has called on all countries to ban the solitary confinement of prisoners, stating that solitary confinement for longer than 15 days amounts to torture.

In January, President Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, saying it could lead to “devastating, lasting psychological consequences.”

Other states, notably New York and California, have recently reached agreements regarding important reforms to the use of solitary confinement, but this landmark legislation would lead the way in curbing the use of solitary by making Illinois the state with the tightest restrictions.

Among other things, HB 5417 would limit the use of solitary confinement to:

  • 5 days in a 150 day period
  • those without disabilities, serious medical conditions, or pregnancy
  • people over 21 and under 55 years old

The bill would also require that the prisoner held in emergency solitary confinement receive an initial medical and mental health evaluation within 24 hours.

This legislation would affect the approximately 2,500 prisoners in disciplinary segregation in Illinois at any given time, but also the approximately 6,000 prisoners currently locked in their cells 22 hours a day for prison administrations’ convenience. Except in extreme circumstances, when there is reasonable cause to believe that the prisoner has a substantial risk of serious harm to themselves or another and a less-restrictive intervention would be insufficient, all prisoners would be allowed out of their cells at least four hours a day to see visitors, work, use the gym or yard, play cards with other prisoners, pursue educational opportunities, etc.

“By letting people out of their cells to interact with others for four hours a day, you will dramatically reduce the harm done to people, without jeopardizing safety and security,” said Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center. “Solitary confinement as it is now is unconstitutional and unconscionable.”

UPLC’s pending class action lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections, Coleman v. Taylor, seeks to limit the abuse of solitary confinement in Illinois prisons.

Organizations supporting HB 5417 include: A Just Harvest, Amnesty International Chicago, Black and Pink Chicago, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights, Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children, 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Coalition Against Torture, National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago, Sage Community Health Collective, Torture Survivors Against Solitary, United Voices for Prisoners, Uptown People’s Law Center.

The full text of HB 5417 is here.

About Uptown People’s Law Center:
Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is a nonprofit legal services organization specializing in prisoners’ rights, Social Security disability, and tenants’ rights and eviction defense. UPLC has nine pending class action lawsuits against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

United States Attorneys Available To Receive Election Complaints

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ROBERT L. CAPERS and PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, respectively, announced today that special telephone numbers have been set up to receive complaints of possible violations of federal election laws relating to the upcoming primary elections in New York City and other counties in their districts.

The United States Attorneys said that their Offices will be available to receive complaints at the following numbers on Tuesday, April 19, 2016:

(718) 254-6323                       (for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties)

(212) 637-0840                       (for Manhattan, Bronx, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,

Sullivan and Westchester counties)

In addition, complaints of possible violations of federal election laws may be made directly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at (212) 384-1000.

Spokespeople for the United States Attorneys said that the enforcement of federal laws protecting the rights of all eligible persons to vote for the candidates of their choice is a high priority of the Department of Justice.

It is unlawful under federal law to deny or abridge anyone’s right to vote because of race, color or national origin.  Federal laws also require local election authorities to make voting accessible to disabled and elderly voters.  Voters who require assistance because of blindness, disability or inability to read and write have the right to receive such assistance from a person of their own choosing.  In counties with substantial numbers of non-English speaking voters, federal laws prohibit the denial or abridgement of a voter’s ability to participate in the election process in certain languages other than English (i.e., Spanish, Chinese, Korean).

In addition, certain activities designed to subvert the integrity of the election process are federal crimes.  It is a federal crime, for example, to deprive citizens of their right to fair elections or to conspire to do so.  Specific election laws also make it a crime to bribe or intimidate voters, to cause ballots to be cast fraudulently in the names of individuals who did not vote (“ballot stuffing”), to vote more than once, or to alter or falsely report the vote count.  It can also be a federal offense to challenge qualified voters without cause and in bad faith or to harass persons seeking to vote for the purpose of discouraging their vote.

The Offices of the United States Attorneys said that the ability of federal law enforcement authorities to detect and eliminate improper restrictions on voting rights and to prosecute election fraud depends to a large extent on the watchfulness and cooperation of the voters.  It is therefore imperative that those who have been asked to participate in illegal election practices, who have been the subject of such practices, who have observed such practices, or who have information bearing on such practices, make that information known promptly to the FBI or the United States Attorneys at the telephone numbers listed above.

The United States Attorneys also noted that the following additional telephone numbers are available on April 19 for citizens to call for routine inquiries, such as where to vote or how late the polls are open, or to register complaints that may concern violations of New York State election laws:


City Board of Elections

Main Office                (212) 487-5300

(212) 868-3692

Bronx                         (718) 299-9017

Brooklyn                    (718) 797-8800

Manhattan                  (212) 886-2100

Queens                       (718) 730-6730

Staten Island               (718) 876-0079



County Boards of Elections

Dutchess                     (845) 486-2473

Nassau                        (516) 571-2411

Orange                        (845) 291-2444

Putnam                        (845) 278-6970

Rockland                     (845) 638-5172

Suffolk                         (631) 852-4500

Sullivan                       (845) 794-3000

Westchester                (914) 995-5700

Assistant United States Attorney Catherine M. Mirabile is responsible for overseeing the handling of complaints of voting rights abuses and election fraud for the Eastern District of   New York.

Assistant United States Attorney David J. Kennedy is responsible for overseeing the handling of complaints of voting rights abuses and election fraud for the Southern District of New York.

AARP Survey: Eight in 10 Say Presidential Candidates Must Take Stand on Social Security

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Eight in 10 Say Presidential Candidates Must Take Stand on Social Security as Basic Threshold for Leadership in New AARP Survey of Likely 50+ Voters
Many African American voters dissatisfied with their retirement saving

WASHINGTON, DC – In a new AARP survey released today, 8 in 10 say that taking a stand on Social Security is a basic threshold for Presidential leadership. The survey of likely voters age 50+ also shows nearly 40% are dissatisfied with their retirement savings and nearly half of voters worry they won’t be able to achieve their financial goals over the next five years (49%). 4 in 10 (40%) still don’t know for certain which party’s presidential candidate they’ll choose in the 2016 general election.

“Almost every African American voter aged 50+ said leadership is a very important quality in a president,” said Edna Kane-Williams, AARP’s Senior Vice President of Multicultural Markets. “Laying out a plan to make Social Security financially sound and adequate is a test of how the candidates will lead. With so many older voters undecided, candidates who fail to tell voters where they stand on Social Security do so at their own risk.”

For African American voters, 63 percent of the survey takers think it is essential for presidential candidates to lay out their plans to update Social Security for future generations. This was true across party lines, as 78 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of Republicans, and 77 percent of Independent voters want to see a plan. It was also true for both African American and Hispanic/Latino voters, with 87 percent of African Americans and 83 percent of Hispanic/Latino voters wanting to see a plan in action. Additionally, 83 percent of all voters said it was very important that the government take action on Social Security.

More Economic Anxiety Ahead for African Americans
More than half of voters surveyed have economic anxiety, rating the national economy as performing poorly (55%). At home, just a quarter of voters are very satisfied (26%) with their financial situation, while nearly 3 in 10 (29%) are very or somewhat dissatisfied with their financial situation. 40 % of African Americans voters are worried or concerned about being able to achieve their economic and financial goals. Less than a quarter (22%) are very satisfied with their retirement savings and nearly 4 in 10 (37%) are somewhat or very dissatisfied with their retirement savings. 6 in 10 (62%) feel that gridlock in Washington has had an impact on their personal financial situation.

“Dissatisfaction with the level of retirement savings only increases the importance of presidential candidates taking a stand on Social Security,” added Kane-Williams. “If our leaders fail to act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 per year in Social Security benefits.”

Late last year before the Presidential primaries AARP launched Take a Stand, a national accountability campaign demanding on behalf of all voters that presidential candidates take a stand on their plans to update Social Security. AARP expects every presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound and adequate so current and future generations can receive the benefits they’ve earned.

For more information, please visit www.2016takeastand.org. For complete results of AARP voter surveys, please visit www.aarp.org/50plusvoter.

A total of 1,659 likely 2016 general election voters age 50 and older were interviewed by Hart Research Associates and GS Strategy Group from February 27 through March 6, 2016, via landlines and cell phones. This total includes oversample interviews among African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino likely voters age 50 and over for a total of 420 African Americans/blacks and 427 Hispanic/Latinos. The margins of error are ±3.0 percentage points for the full sample, ±4.8 among African-Americans, ±4.8 among Hispanics/Latinos.

About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world’s largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @aarp and our CEO @JoAnn_Jenkins on Twitter.

African American Handicapped Senior Citizen says That Virginia State Officials are Violating her Rights

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Dr. Vivian A. Anderson

Chesapeake, VA (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Vivian A. Anderson is an African-American handicapped female senior citizen who from 1997 thru 2000 served as a chairperson for the Pittsylvania County Community Action Organization (PCCA). She is a Class A contractor, and a community activist for the poor, disadvantaged, and underprivileged of which includes the elderly, veterans, and the homeless.

She alleges that the following has happened to her:

She received a call from detective David Whitley of the Danville Police Department on 01/12/11, followed by answering the door to two Chesapeake police officers standing on her front porch around 7:30pm and being questioned by officer McGanty while at home for about an hour and a half and leaving without incident, however; returning within about twenty minding her own business, for forty-five minutes and to force her into custody. Dr. Anderson says she agreed to voluntarily go with the police for questioning due to being alone while attempting to prepare herself, and was allowed to grab a few items to show to whomever she was to appear before that it wasnt appropriate to force her into custody without any reason nor correspondence.

Before leaving Dr. Andersons bedroom by Officer McGanty under the guise of asking if there are any weapons on the property, though being denied the right to an attorney at the station while questioned by Clinician Michael Gay of the Chesapeake Community Service Board.

As a result of being in custody over five hours, Dr. Anderson says she was forced to re-live the past and has knowledge of, and have witnessed, was subjected to, and/or caused to be subjected to consistent with prior whistleblowing and litigation, experiencing continued subsistent living due to defendants periodical retaliatory assaults on Dr. Anderson and others similarly-situated by association since 1997 that included:

* Being denied equal access to the bid process to contract for the restoration of homes and other services.

* Being served 17 warrants for prosecution to be falsely incarceration in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Chatham, Virginia for simply desiring to assist those living in peonage in those counties.

* Being threatened by businessman and public officials in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

* Being warned by her attorney to leave in haste to preserve her life, after she was freed of all charges.

* Was reduced to peonage and left homeless as result of coerced relocation.

* Being forced to abandon a six acre property and subjecting it to foreclosure while homeless.

* Being informed that a friends wife was murdered in those counties who has assisted her and the individual and another were framed and prosecuted to serve time for over 30 years for capital murder, two years after the murder.

* Was maliciously prosecuted by commonwealth attorney David Grimes of Danville and the commonwealth attorney of Chesapeake for false charges of practicing medicine without a license, without probable cause.

* Denied access to the local media while Caucasians in the same stage were rendered media exposure, out of court settlement and continuous media exposure..

* Became a prisoner of litigation of the Courts and defendants in all cases.

* Officer McGanty taking pictures inside her home with his body camera. And after appealing the CL13-45 case to the U. S. Supreme Court and having her Writ of Certiorari docketed in April, 2014, it was denied on a Motion to Rehear of which explained how multiple people had suffered and died prematurely because; “(2) As a result of the government and this court’s failure to intervene on the taxpayers of Pittsylvania County, Virginia concerns for safer environmental protection from mold and mildew and sewage pollution run offs, faulty piping, faulty floorings, faulty roofing(s) defective electrical wiring, and dilapidation, included but not limited thereto, many have died prematurely leaving their heirs without redress and have foreclosed the heirs rights to life, liberty and property.” Instead, the Courts of Virginia appears to have emulated the same attitude of Justice Roger Brooke Taney who stated, “A Negro has nothing that a White man is bound to respect.” And it clearly defines what Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Praying for justice

Dr. Anderson says she prays that all who read about her story will understand that she has not harassed the staff at WVEC TV 13, WTKR TV 3, WAVY TV 10, nor the Virginian Pilot Ledger Star, and have been threatened with denial of access on the properties without cause despite her substantial amount of work and services rendered within Virginia and abroad while only receiving treatment of severe bias, discrimination, isolation, death threats, etc. and no matter how Dr. Anderson successfully carry out the field of work which that she has chosen to do. She is denied the rights, privileges and due process of the laws of which were freely rendered to Mrs. Ruth Davenport, a Caucasian elderly lady receiving media exposure of her unfortunate violations of her rights by the Chesapeake Police Department, an out of court settlement, and additional coverage, unlike Dr. Anderson is still trying to acquire the appropriate justice.

Consequently, Dr. Anderson says she finds herself constantly experiencing threats for arrests, media bias, severe discrimination, threats on her life, censor, isolation, evidence suppressed, character assassination, falsely charged with criminal intent without probable cause: accused with attempted murder without any evidence to support such injustice; denied her 1st, 4th, 5th, & 14th Amendment Rights in order to stop the constant attacks of continuing wrongs and retaliation to this day without due process and equal protection of the laws as an American citizen.

A Conspiracy Against Rights, Title 18, U.S.C. § 241, as a result of a murder accusations, misrepresentation performed by an attorney on two Muslims of the Nation of Islam Study Group who supported Dr. Andersons work while she was propelled into a criminal trial CL99-05, as she was sought after as a fugitive by the Chesapeake Police Department for a false prefabricated charge of practicing medicine without a license; a prefabricated charge by the Danville police in a failed attempt to frame Dr. Anderson with an attempt to commit murder; all because she exposed Misappropriation of Funds in a government program, as previously mention above. She is denied access to petition in the Courts(even after appealing the CL13-45 case to the U. S. Supreme Court; a case number 2:15cv00296 appealed to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals as No. 15-1946, concerning unentertained pre-filing Injunction issues of which is now back before the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va.) while being denied access to disseminate to the local media case(CL13-1408); being systematically reduced with others similarly-situated to peonage and Criminal Interference with Right to Fair Housing, Title 42, U.S.C., § 3631.

Dr. Anderson is asking for the media to help bring her story to the limelight “because it is a serious injustice that I have endured.” She can be contacted at (757) 289-9955 or viviander62@yahoo.com

Photo: Dr. Vivian A. Anderson


Medical Examiner Reports Deaths from Powerful Opioids on the Rise

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The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has seen an increase in deaths attributed to fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, which chemical derivatives of fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an opiate that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, which is the active component of heroin. Fentanyl analogues are typically not pharmaceutical-grade drugs like those administered by medical professionals for severe pain.

Since mid-December, at least seven deaths were caused, at least in part, by furanyl fentanyl, according to toxicology tests results received this year.

Since September, there have also been at least six deaths attributed, at least in part, to acetyl fentanyl and at least one case presented with butyric fentanyl.

In all, since September, when the office began to see a sharp rise in fentanyl-related deaths, there have been at least 106 deaths attributed, at least in part, to fentanyl or fentanyl analogues. Most of those deaths – 102 of them – occurred in 2015. The data for 2016 is not a real time number, as toxicology testing can take 60-90 days.

Toxicology tests show decedents have used fentanyl alone, with heroin and with other drugs, such as cocaine. In many cases, heroin users have been supplied with heroin mixed with fentanyl, pure fentanyl, and fentanyl derivatives resulting in overdose due to respiratory depression.

“Since September we have been seeing an increase of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues,” said Dr. Peter Koin, Deputy Chief Toxicologist for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. “Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues pose a great public health because people may not know they’re using a very powerful drug. In addition, we’re seeing new versions fentanyl and testing for these substances is challenging because we’ve never seen them before. It’s something brand new.”
People who have used fentanyl are also presenting to the Cook County Health and Hospital System’s John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital.

“Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues are a huge concern because fentanyl is 20 to 100 times more potent than heroin, posing a much greater risk of overdose,” said Dr. Steven Aks, emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at Stroger Hospital. “In many cases, one dose of naloxone, the heroin antidote, will revive a person who has overdosed on heroin. But we are seeing people in our emergency department who need as many as four doses as naloxone to be stabilized after ingesting fentanyl, or a heroin/fentanyl combination.”

In 2014, 20 deaths were attributed to fentanyl, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

However, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office began routinely testing for fentanyl starting in June 2015 after national trends showed a spike in fentanyl use. Previously, the office tested for fentanyl at the discretion of the pathologist. Often testing was done due to the circumstance of the case; for example, if an unknown substance was found with a decedent.

The Medical Examiner’s Office has been working closely with public health officials, local hospitals and policy-makers to help bring this emerging epidemic under control.


Convenience Store Owner Admits to Million Dollar Food Stamp Fraud Scheme

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sami Almuhtaseb, 45, of Smithfield, R.I., owner of Oasis Market, a convenience store located in Providence, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of more than $1.1 million dollars. Almuhtaseb admitted to the court that he allowed SNAP recipients to exchange food stamp benefits for cash, in return charging them a surcharge of 100% which he pocketed.

Sami Almuhtaseb’s guilty plea is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, William G. Squires, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Region of the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the FBI.

According to information presented to the court, between November 2009 and December 2015, the defendant’s store redeemed $2,755,125 in SNAP benefits. Over $1,259,320.99 or 45% of the food stamp transactions were for transactions of $100 or more. Over 72% of the SNAP transactions at the store were from transactions in excess of $50. Legitimate SNAP transactions at a convenience store rarely involve a transaction of $50 or more.

According to court documents, at least $1.1 million dollars worth of the SNAP funds received by Almuhtaseb were the result of fraudulent transactions. These fraudulently obtained funds were deposited into two bank accounts controlled by Almuhtaseb. The defendant withdrew over $770,000 in cash or checks payable to himself from these two accounts. An analysis of bank records revealed that the Almuhtaseb also withdrew over $40,000 of cash from one of the accounts at ATMs located at casinos.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Sami Almuhtaseb pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program fraud and to money laundering.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22, 2016.

The matter was investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office, the United States Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General, and the FBI.

Source: FBI

The National Association of Black Social Workers’ 39th International Conference to be Held Overseas in Spain

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National Association of Black Social Workers

Washington, DC — The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) 39th International Conference, August 9-19, 2016, will explore the African presence in Spain. J. Toni Oliver, NABSW National President, recently announced, We are thrilled that Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Historian and Anthropologist, will be joining us as our expert guide during our travel. We will have an unprecedented opportunity to gain a first hand, comprehensive overview of the history, influence, and aftermath of the Moors in Spain.

NABSW is excited to invite potential conferees of Black African ancestry to experience their history while traveling through the glorious cities of Madrid, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Barcelona. The conference, she shared, will include visiting the Black Madonna of Madrid, the Roman Amphitheatre archeological site, the Great Mosque, and the Moorish palace and fortress complex of Alhambra.”

A detailed brochure can be viewed online.

Dr. Sevaughn Banks, International Conference Chair adds, “NABSWs International Conferences are designed to explore countries throughout the African Diaspora and bring together U.S. human service providers with their indigenous counterparts to discuss issues of mutual relevance and concern and follow the African footprint throughout the world.”

The conference features presenters and panel discussions on African culture, art, history, and social issues. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour and present donations to local organizations and of course, to return with rich memories of shopping, restaurants, museums and entertainment.

Conferees U.S. hub cities are New York (JFK) or Los Angeles (LAX).

Space is limited. Seats filling fast, reserve yours today at www.nabsw.org

The National Association of Black Social Workers is a non-profit, membership organization founded in May 1968. Membership is available to persons of Black African ancestry who, regardless of profession, share similar concerns regarding health and welfare issues in the Black community. For more details, visit www.nabsw.org

Illinois State Fair Adds to 2016 Grandstand Lineup

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon is adding two accomplished rockers to the Grandstand line-up at this year’s Illinois State Fair.  This co-headlining act combines two artists who have six Grammy awards to their credit, in addition to countless other awards and accomplishments. This year, fairgoers will be treated to the best of 80’s and 90’s rock when Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge take the stage in Springfield. 

Pat Benatar is a four-time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter who shot to fame in the 1980’s and has been touring for more than 35-years.  Known as a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer, Benatar is revered as one of the most beloved female rock icons of all time.  Benatar was the first female solo artist to have a music video played on MTV.  The video for her song ‘You Better Run’ was the second video ever played on the new music video cable channel, and also was the first video to feature guitarists.  Benatar is best known for hit songs such as, “Love is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Belong,” and “Shadows of the Night.”  To this day, Benatar and guitarist husband Neil Giraldo remain a rock’n’roll powerhouse, selling out concerts and wowing audiences.


Melissa Etheridge is a well-known signer/songwriter who came to fame in the late 80’s.  Etheridge, known for her confessional lyrics and raspy vocals, has been a prominent force in the music industry for nearly 30 years with 12 albums, two Grammy awards, 17 Grammy nominations, an Academy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Etheridge is best known for her songs, “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” “I Want to Come Over,” and “I Need to Wake Up.”

Ticket prices for each of the shows at the 2016 Illinois State Fair are listed below:
August 12:  Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

Tier 3 – $20 / Tier 2 – $25 / Tier 1 – $30 / Track – $30 / VIP – $42


August 14:  Jake Owen / Old Dominion

Tier 3 – $15 / Tier 2 – $20 / Tier 1 – $25 / Track $25 / VIP – $37

August 16:  Dierks Bentley / Tucker Beathard

Tier 3 – $42 / Tier 2 – $47 / Tier 1 – $52 / Track $52 / VIP – $64

August 17:  KISS
Tier 3 – $49   / Tier 2 – $54   / Tier 1 – $59   / Track $59   / VIP – $74

August 19:  Cole Swindell / Kane Brown / LANco / Jon Langston

Tier 3 – $18 / Tier 2 – $23 / Tier 1 – $28 / Track $28 / VIP – $40


August 20:  Little Big Town / David Nail
Tier 3 – $27 / Tier 2 – $32 / Tier 1 – $37 / Track $37 / VIP – $49

August 21:  ZZ Top / Gregg Allman
Tier 3 – $34 / Tier 2 – $39 / Tier 1 – $44 / Track $44 / VIP – $54
An on-sale date for the above mentioned acts has not been set at this time.

More details regarding ticket sales, special events, and additional grandstand acts will be released in the coming weeks and months.  Dates for the 2016 Illinois State Fair are Aug. 12-21.

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

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Susan Faye Beard, of Maryland, to be Inspector General of the Department of Energy, vice Gregory H. Friedman, resigned.

Susan S. Gibson, of Virginia, to be Inspector General of the National Reconnaissance Office.  (New Position)

Mary Beth Leonard, of Massachusetts, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Lawrence Robert Silverman, of Massachusetts, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Kuwait.

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