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Archive for July 11th, 2016

Weekly Address: Standing Together to Stop the Violence: Vice President Joe Biden

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, Vice President Joe Biden commemorated the lives of the five police officers who were killed and the seven people who were wounded in Dallas. The police officers were providing safety to those who were peacefully marching against racial injustices in the criminal justice system – and the shocking images of the lives lost in St. Paul and Baton Rouge. Echoing the remarks of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown, the Vice President called on the American people to act with unity and to stop the violence. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of everyone to speak out against disparities within the criminal justice system, just as much as it is the responsibility of everyone to stand up for the police who protect us every day. Because together, we as a nation will persevere and overcome.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00AM EDT, July 9, 2016.

Remarks of Vice President Joe Biden
Weekly Address
The White House
July 9, 2016 

 

Vice President Joe Biden:

Although I didn’t know the five police officers who were killed, or the seven who were wounded in Dallas this week – I knew them.

They were the folks I grew up with: The boy with the most courage and the most compassion; the man with a brave heart and a generous soul, whose words were always encouraging; the son who made his mother proud every time he turned and smiled at her; and the friend who you could always count on. Being a cop wasn’t just what they did. It was who they were—like every officer who joined for essentially the same reason. There was something about them that made them think they could help, that they should serve, that they had a duty.

So when an assassin’s bullet targeted the police force in Dallas, it touched the soul of the nation. Those killed and wounded were protecting the safety of those who were peacefully protesting against racial injustices in the criminal justice system. Those who were marching against the kind of shocking images we saw in St. Paul and Baton Rouge—and have seen too often elsewhere—of too many black lives lost.

I believe the Dallas Police Department is one of the finest in the nation—and this incredibly diverse city can bridge any divide. To paraphrase Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, let us use our words carefully. Let us act with unity, not division. As Dallas Police Chief David Brown—one of the leading chiefs in America—said, “There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city, all I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.”

As Americans, we are wounded by all of these deaths.  It’s on all of us to stand up, to speak out about disparities in our criminal justice system—just as it’s on all of us to stand up for the police who protect us in our communities every day. In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll continue offering our thoughts and prayers to provide comfort to the broken-hearted families. But they will only be redeemed by the courage of our actions that honor their memories.

So while we’re being tested, we can’t be pulled apart. We are America, with bonds that hold us together. We endure, we persevere, we overcome, we stand together.

Protesters to Demand Indictment and Prosecution of Cops Who Kill

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

 

Community groups to demonstrate demanding Department of Justice prosecution of police criminals

 

4:30 pm Monday July 11, 2016 at the Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams.

 

Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Trinity United Church of Christ call for all people to join a protest against the cold blooded, brutal murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We will rally Monday, July 11, 2016 in Federal Plaza (Dearborn and Adams) at 4:30pm.

 

We are protesting in solidarity with the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and everyone who is calling for justice and demanding systemic changes. We are demanding that President Obama, pursuant to the laws of the land, order the arrest and federal prosecution of the police criminals who murdered Sterling and Castile.

 

We demand justice and we want it now!

In Chicago we are campaigning for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (hashtag CPACNOW) which we say is the only pathway to community control of the police. Join us Monday at 4:30pm in the Federal Plaza located at Dearborn and Adams.

 

For more information, contact: Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795; Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689

 

 

Is Government the Answer to the Present Crisis?

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Government Action is not the Whole Answer to the Present Crisiis
By Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr, George Washington, and Andrew Jackson

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — WE THE PEOPLE, are losing the battle of public opinion and thus find ourselves unable to influence legislation. This has to end. Polling often suggests one opinion of the public, and then legislation created by our representatives reflects something quite different. The recent ruling by the Supreme Court reveals the necessity to inform the public and be in the public square in the Free and Open Marketplace of Ideas. It also exposes the lack of accountability of the court due to a weak and feckless Congress and Senate. Thomas Jeffersons words are unquestionably prophetic, for he said:

The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please . . . . Independence can be trusted no where but with the people in mass…

No matter where you stand on the Abortion issue, we should all be able to agree that the health and safety for women should be paramount. The court now superimposes their ideology, not based upon constitutional law, but ideological opinion often absent of conscience and practicality.

Upon understanding the majority of the courts state of mind, we then see clearly how they can strike down a law which was supported by those on both sides of the argument as legislation to protect and secure the well being of women. The public needs to ask the obvious question: Why is it that this physician cannot get admitting privileges by the hospital? Why? Because the hospitals determination finds this person a liability and there is a high probability the physician could bring about a malpractice suit against the hospital. The doctor is questionable and not worth the risk. Where are all the womens groups when it comes to the standard of service for these predominately minority women who are being subjected to abortions below hospital standards? Where is the outrage and the cry of racism for the often deplorable conditions remember Kermit Gosnell…? and substandard conditions for minority women?

Planned Parenthood says its a victory? …Incompetent physicians in substandard conditions without admitting privileges from local hospitals operating and serving women of color… Where is the NAAACP? 1,786 African American women are having an abortion each day and many of them are subject to these substandard and often unregulated conditions. African Americans are disproportionately affected by these deplorable conditions… Where is the voice of reason? Its been bought off! If abortion was not lucrative it would not be legal. With Black Leadership bought by the dollars of the abortion industry, lead by Planned Parenthood, our community is left deceived and decimated by abortion and its devastating ramifications.

Over 20 million African Americans are missing, specifically due to abortion. Unfortunately the church has been far too silent, for this modern day holocaust not only kills African American babies, but is depleting the rich resource of African American people who contributed so much to the success of our nation. Alexander Mills, invented the elevator. Charles Drew, Blood Plasma. John Standard, the Refrigerator. Fredrick Jones, the Air Conditioner, Alice Parker, the Heating Furnace. George T. Samon, the Clothes Dryer. The amazing George Washington Carver. And the list goes on and on and on. But we will never know the gifts who have been destroyed in the womb men and women never to contribute their talent to society. How sad indeed!

Yet, for whatever unfortunate reason, it would seem African Americans cannot see nor perceive the abortion industry as a racist machine designed to destroy them. Abortion is a tool in a systemic plan of the Progressive elitists within the Democrat Party to eliminate African Americans; a plan of social engineering which has been more deadly than that within the Third Reich because its so quietly insidious. Its leaders believe, as the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, believed, that there is a Negro Problem in the United States and the rest of the world. Their strategy is to implement their eugenic plot within the African American community, and theyre succeeding. Margaret Sanger was smart enough to know to make the face of their plan the colored minister which amounts to bribed Black Leadership whose only concern is their own self-aggrandizement and acquisition of power. The plan has been executed masterfully. Abortion has done more to suppress the Black vote by virtue of eliminating African Americans from the voting population than all of the efforts of the KKK and Jim Crow laws combined.

Perhaps worse: our allegiance to this agenda has produced indifferent hearts and minds when it comes to the sanctity of life. When a generation grows up realizing life before birth can be terminated at the discretion of a disgruntled parent, or a disengaged spouse, it distorts the value of life within their minds. They are surrounded by persons more concerned about the ladder of success, than the heartbeat of an infant made in the image of God. So I ask you: is it any wonder we live in a time of such heinous inhumane atrocities? We have lost the cornerstone of relationship: the respect for life, and the sanctity of life. There are an increasing number of persons who perceive they are the sole arbiter of life and can make a choice as to whether or not a life has any value. Isnt it obvious this warped perception does not only pertain to persons within the womb, but those outside the womb…? People who are perceived as inconvenient…, a problem…, a burden…, or threat to their future plans…, are easily discarded… disposed of…, murdered…, and aborted…

We attempt to change gun laws believing it will prevent innocent people from being killed, all while, we have laws permitting the most innocent among us to be killed with impunity. We attempt to construct a relevant health care system, yet construct laws which clearly endanger the health of women. African Americans follow a political party who desperately courts their vote each election cycle, but at the same time, endorses legislation that has reduced the population of the very voters they seek. We parade across America claiming Black Life Matters, but on the streets of Chicago with the strictest gun laws in the country Black men kill more Black men in a year than are lost in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. Black Life Matters…? 1,786 African American innocent babies Whose Hands Were Up lose the fight with the abortionists scalpel each and every day. And after being killed and sucked from the womb, their parts are then sold on the Slave Block by Planned Parenthood. The Black Life Matters movement supports Choice which aids and abets Planned Parenthood, the leading killer of unarmed African Americans in and out of America. The madness must cease and we must acknowledge we have lost our way.

I believe the most recognized name of Americas presidents is George Washington, and the most recognized name of African Americans, is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. It is amazing they both made similar assessments of the value of faith and religion. They also both called America a Christian nation.

In Dr. Martin Luther Kings book, Stride Toward Freedom, he said, Government action is not the whole answer to the present crisis, but it is an important partial answer. Morals cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. The law cannot make an employer love me, but it can keep him from refusing to hire me because of the color of my skin. We must depend upon religion and education to alter the errors of the heart and mind, but meanwhile it is an immoral act to compel a man to accept injustice until another mans heart is set straight.

George Washington said, Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity… And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. (Italics mine.)

Rev. Dr. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. is the founder of www.BlackGenocide.org a website designed to reach the Afro-American community with the truth about abortion.

 

The Black Lives Matter Network Advocates for Dignity, Justice, and Respect

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From: The Black Lives Matter Network

 

 

In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.

In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy–both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.

Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.

Statement by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle On the Assassination of Law Enforcement Officers in Dallas

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle:

 

 
Like all Americans, I was horrified to learn today about the assassination of five law enforcement officers in Dallas last night. The officers were performing their official duties during a peaceful march protesting police-involved shootings of black men this week in Minnesota and Louisiana. All reports indicate the Dallas Police Department was handling its duties professionally and that interactions between officers and protesters were calm and well-managed. Police officers have an extremely difficult job, and nothing can justify what we saw in Dallas last night. While we must support the right of people to protest what they believe to be official misconduct, we must also strongly condemn violence and support the rule of law. The killing of these officers is an outrage and I extend my sympathies to the families of these officers and all of the residents of Dallas.

President Obama to Travel to Dallas, Texas

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, July 12th, at the invitation of Mayor Rawlings, the President will travel to Dallas, Texas to deliver remarks at an interfaith memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with the families of the fallen police officers and members of the Dallas community whose unity is reflective of who we are as Americans.  He will also meet privately with the families of the fallen police officers and those who were injured to personally express the nation’s support and gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The Vice President will attend. President and Mrs. George W. Bush will also attend, and President Bush will deliver brief remarks.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One are open to pre-credentialed media, but closed to the public. The President’s remarks at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center are open to pre-credentialed correspondents and still photographers, and pooled for television, but closed to the public.

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton to Deliver Address at 107th NAACP Annual Convention

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BALTIMORE, MD — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak to attendees at the 107th Annual NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, July 18. The convention runs from July 16th – 20th at the Duke Energy Center under the theme, “Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.”

 

“In every presidential election, we invite each of the candidates to address our convention, and we are delighted to have Secretary Clinton join us,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Secretary Clinton will have the opportunity to address a gathering of dedicated activists and advocates from across the nation, and we are proud to offer a chance for the candidates to speak about the major issues affecting civil rights today.”

“In these violent and horrifying times, when a new generation is waking to call for police accountability, economic and educational equality and protecting the right to vote for all people, this election marks a significant moral moment for America,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.  “We look forward to hearing Secretary Clinton’s priorities and plan to advance our issues of social justice.”

Every presidential election year, the NAACP extends invitations to both the Republican and Democratic nominees for president to address the NAACP membership during their annual July convention. Past speakers have included President Barack Obama, Governor Mitt Romney, Senator John McCain, Senator John Kerry, President George W. Bush, Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton.

At the convention, members from the organization’s 2,200 branches and conferences will hold sessions on local activism, debate and adopt new policy for the organization, and welcome new youth and college leaders joining the movement.  This year’s convention will also set the stage for a massive voter engagement and registration initiative to ensure that voters are empowered and heard in the November 8 election.

 

For more information and a full schedule of events for the 107th NAACP Convention in Cincinnati, please visit naacpconvention.org.

Black Teenage Girls Organize Chicago Youth Sit-In and March Against Police Brutality; Hundreds expected to gather at 2:00 PM at the Pavilion in Millennium Park July 11th

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CHICAGO, IL – Today at 2:00 PM, Chicago youth of all backgrounds will gather at the Pavilion in Millennium Park, in Chicago, for a silent sit in and march in response to the recent recorded acts of police brutality that resulted in the deaths of Alton Sterling and Phillando Castille. The youth will all stand in solidarity with the Black community, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the families of those who have lost their lives to police brutality and gun violence. Police brutality and the gun violence that plagues Chicago both go hand in hand, in that they are systemic issues. The youth will unite to shine light on both issues, to show how much they care about the effects they will have on their generation and the next.

“There are no words to describe the sadness and hurt I feel for the lives that continue to be lost to gun violence and police brutality everyday.  My heart breaks for the families of Alton Sterling, Phillando Castille, as well as those of the police officers who lost their lives in Dallas, that have now fallen victim to this seemingly never ending cycle of hatred and destruction.  As youth in one of the most violent cities in this country, we need to take action.” says Sophia Byrd, a seventeen year old organizer of the protest.

“I read about this type of injustice in history books, never thinking I’d be on the frontline of my generation’s own civil rights movement.  Seeing history repeat itself has been awfully discouraging, but I have faith in the power of youth coming together in the face of adversary.  We have to stop being content, and start being actively unsatisfied with the way things are. We have to keep saying Black Lives Matter, because society has shown it thinks otherwise.  It is important that we stop remaining silent in times of injustice, because silence is permissive, and we cannot permit this cycle to continue any longer.” says Eva Lewis, a seventeen year old organizer of the protest.

The protest aims to break the divide between communities, and bring youth from all areas of Chicago in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.  The goals are for their initiatives and passions as young people to catch the eye of politicians and judges, who have the power to indict the officers responsible.  Breaking the cycle of officers getting away with injustice is crucial to eradicating systemic oppression towards Black people, as well as other communities of color.  Also, they aim for their collective voices to eliminate the ‘othering’ of the Black Lives Matter movement in the media.  Lastly, they demand validation that Black Lives Matter, and more political representation when dealing with these cases, so that justice will always be served.

Organizers:

Natalie Braye, age 17
nataliebraye916@gmail.com
773-575-7314

Sophia Byrd, age 17
songbyrd1999@gmail.com
773-630-0366

Eva Lewis, age 17
emlewis98@gmail.com
773-610-3825

Maxine Wint, age 16
Maxine.wint0107@gmail.com
773-575-5426

For updates:
follow #BLMChiYouth on Twitter and visit the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1070487246373011

Illinois Department of Employment Security hosting “Chicago Women in Trades Orientation” Open House

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Women encouraged to apply in-person for Pre-Apprenticeship Opportunities as Skilled Trade Workers

 

CHICAGO, IL –The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is hosting “Chicago Women in Trades Orientation” Open House for women looking for career opportunities in construction and welding. Jobseekers will have the opportunity to speak with contractors, apprenticeship program representatives, CWIT staff, as well as women currently in the welding and construction trades. Women can learn about job opportunities and sign up for assessments towards becoming a welder, bricklayer, electrician, carpenter, pipefitter, laborer, iron worker, plumber, painter, riggers, sheetmetal worker and more. For further information visit www.chicagowomenintrades2.org or contact Naz at 312-942-1444, ext. 119; nilan@cwit2.org

 

What:              Chicago Women in Trades Orientation – Open House

When:              Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Where:             2444 W. 16th St.

(Entrance and parking in rear of building)

Chicago, IL  60608

Transparency Win in Chicago Police Records Case

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Judge lifts Fraternal Order of Police injunction previously barring release of police misconduct records

CHICAGO, IL — Today an Illinois Appellate Court ruled to vacate an injunction secured by the Fraternal Order of Police that had blocked access to police misconduct records older than four years. Now the Chicago Police Department must disclose police misconduct records, from 1967 through the present, through the Freedom of Information Act — records that the FOP had argued should be destroyed.

This comes two years after Kalven v. City of Chicago, a watershed court decision in Illinois that made police misconduct records public. As a result of the Kalven decision, the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago, published the Citizens Police Data Project, the largest interactive database of police misconduct, which launched in November 2015 and is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the nation’s leading funder of journalism and media innovation.

The Invisible Institute obtained about 11 years worth of city data through Freedom of Information Act requests and civil rights litigation. In a bold move for open government, in 2015, the City of Chicago agreed to turn over its full list of misconduct complaints for all officers, dating back to 1967, to the Invisible Institute, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. However, access to this information was blocked by a temporary injunction secured by the FOP that barred the City from releasing all but the last four years of data. The FOP argued that release of the information would violate the terms of its contract with the City. The City appealed, and the Invisible Institute filed an amicus brief in support of the City’s position. Now the Court of Appeals has ruled that the records must be disclosed.

In response, Jamie Kalven, founder of the Invisible Institute, released this statement:

“The court has confirmed that citizens have a right to know about police abuse, past and present. This information belongs to them. Now it’s time for the Illinois legislature to act by embodying this principle in state law.  We need legislation that protects police disciplinary records against future threats of destruction. At Invisible Institute, we look forward to the day when we can incorporate the information at issue into the Citizens Police Data Project and make it available to the public.”

The Invisible Institute is a nonprofit Chicago-based journalistic production company that works to enhance the capacity of civil society to hold public institutions accountable. Toward that end, we develop strategies to expand and operationalize transparency. We seek to make visible perspectives too often excluded from public discourse. And we develop social interventions designed to leverage necessary reforms. Among the tools we employ are human rights documentation, investigative reporting, civil rights litigation, the curating of public information, conceptual art projects, and the orchestration of difficult public conversations.

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Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

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