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Archive for July 15th, 2016

President Obama: “… I Condemn in the Strongest Terms What Appears to be a Horrific Terrorist Attack in Nice, France…”

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80 People dead in terrorist attack in Nice, France, dozens injured

 

Statements by President Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk  on terrorist Attack in Nice, France

 

Statement by President Barack Obama:

 

On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded.  I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.

On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.

Statement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

“I join the President in condemning what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those lost and wounded.  The Department of Justice has reached out to our French counterparts to offer our assistance in the investigation.”

Senator Mark Kirk Statement on Nice Terror Attack

Washington – Senator Mark Kirk released the following statement in the aftermath of the attack on the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France:

“Americans stand with the French people on this day of horrific tragedy in their country,” said Senator Kirk.  “Our great nations stand together as they grieve the loss of innocent life from another senseless act of terror.”

Court Orders Release of Police Misconduct Records

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In Chicago and around the country, protests continued this weekend following the police killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in St. Paul, while in the wake of a deadly ambush of police officers during a demonstration in Dallas on Friday, protest organizers reaffirmed their commitment to nonviolence.

Local efforts to increase police accountability, meanwhile, played out in legislative hearings and court decisions.

In a major victory for proponents of transparency, and Illinois appeals court panel unanimously ruled that the state’s Freedom of Information Act requires the disclosure of citizen complaints against police officers, despite police contracts calling for destruction of those records.

The court overturned a 2014 injunction won by the Fraternal Order of Police and other police unions barring the release of the records pending arbitration in which the unions have demanded destruction of records after five years under the terms of their contracts.

Those contract provisions are “unenforceable” if they block the city from complying with legitimate FOIA requests, the court ruled.

The case stems from a 2014 appeals court ruling in Kalven v. City of Chicago which held that civilian complaints are subject to the Freedom of Information Act.  In a significant policy shift in 2015, the city announced it wouldn’t appeal that ruling and prepared to respond to FOIA requests from the Invisible Instititute (publisher of this blog) and the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. The FOP sued and won a preliminary injunction blocking release of the records.

In recent months, arbitrators have that disciplinary records must be destroyed under the contract; their rulings were put on hold pending document requests by the U.S. Department of Justice as it investigates the Chicago Police Department.

“The court has confirmed that citizens have a right to know about police abuse, past and present,” said Jamie Kalven, founder of the Invisible Institute. “The information belongs to them.” He called on the General Assembly to pass legislation (currently pending in the House) permanently protecting police disciplinary records.

He added that the Invisible Institute plans to incorporate the records that the court ordered released into the Citizens Police Data Project, which currently houses 11 years of police misconduct complaints previously released through litigation and FOIA requests.

Contacted by the Tribune, FOP president Dean Angelo declined to comment. The unions have the option of appealing the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court.

More hearings. Also last week, two City Council announced additional hearings would be held in neighborhoods after two last-minute, daytime hearings at City Hall were denounced as a “farce” and “wholly inadequate” by many of those testifying.

The downtown hearings were called at the behest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to Ald. Carrie Austin, chair of the City Council’s budget committee.  Following calls for more robust public discussion (from the Sun Times and Police Board president Lori Lightfoot, among others), the mayor postponed for a second time introducing legislation to replace the Independent Police Review Authority with an independent civilian agency and establish a community oversight board and inspector general for public safety.

A coalition of 15 community organizations, backed by a number of civil rights groups, announced plans to sponsor community forums across the city to engage residents in the debate over reforming the police accountability system. The council’s Progressive Caucus also announced it would hold a series of neighborhood hearings, after which Austin said four more hearings would be scheduled.

The coalition was in discussion with aldermen to “create a process that is aligned,” Katya Nuques, executive director of Enlace Chicago, said late last week.  “We like the fact that [aldermen] are open to a more comprehensive community engagement process,” she said. But “we are definitely challenging the idea that every meeting needs to be sponsored by the mayor or the City Council.”

Meanwhile the Justice Department held two more public forums: Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m., at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson; and Thursday, July 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Kroc Center, 1250 W. 119th.

Withholding evidence.  Following revelations that Chicago police officers who lie in court rarely face consequences, a man whose 22-year sentence for drug dealing was overturned in March is suing the city, four officers and a State’s Attorney investigator.

Jermaine Walker, who was arrested and convicted in 2006, says officers beat him, planted crack cocaine on him and then covered up the existence of a surveillance camera he says would have backed up his claim of innocence.

In March, Circuit Court Judge Catherine Haberkorn overturned Walker’s conviction, saying she was “sickened” by “this miscarriage of justice.”

And following revelations that city lawyers routinely resist turning over police complaint records in civil rights cases, a judge sanctioned city lawyers for a similar failure in one case and signaled that sanctions are likely in another.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin ordered the city’s law department to pay Whitely Klingler’s lawyer fees after the city failed to turn over an IPRA investigation that identified a Will County sheriff’s deputy who allegedly injured Klinger in an altercation on St. Patrick’s Day 2014. Klingler has charged the police department failed to investigate the incident because it involved a fellow officer.

And U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox said she expects to sanction the city for failing to produce records in a lawsuit filed by Elaina Turner, who suffered a miscarriage after being tasered three times by a police officer in a 2013 traffic stop.

The records include Officer Patrick Kelly’s involvement in the 2014 killing of 18-year-old Hector Hernandez – shot 13 times in his kitchen after allegedly threatening officers with a 10-inch knife – as well as two psychiatric evaluations which found Kelly unfit for duty.

Turner was charged with resisting arrest and her fiance was charged with aggravated assault to an officer in the 2013 incident. Both were acquitted.

Attorney General Madigan Announces Additional $3 Million Herbalife Settlement

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Madigan Announces Additional $3 Million in Restitution for Illinois on Top of Federal Trade Commission’s $200 Million Nationwide Settlement

 

 CHICAGO, IL – In conjunction with a nationwide Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $200 million settlement with Herbalife, Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that Illinois Herbalife members will benefit from an additional $3 million settlement with the company to resolve numerous complaints about its false and misleading claims that lured people into a costly multi-level marketing scheme.

 

Under the Illinois agreement, Herbalife, which sells global nutrition and weight management products, must pay an additional $3 million in restitution to affected Illinois members who joined Herbalife from 2009 through the present. The FTC reached a separate $200 million settlement with Herbalife that will provide reimbursement to impacted members nationwide, including in Illinois.

 

Illinois Herbalife members who have not yet filed a complaint with Madigan’s office will have 60 days to submit a complaint online or by contacting Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:

 

1-800-386-5438 (Chicago)
1-800-243-0618 (Springfield)
1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)

 

“This scheme preyed on people looking to make a better life for themselves and their families,” said Madigan. “Herbalife created an incentive structure that made it easy for people to invest, but impossible for most people to make any money.”

 

Madigan alleged that Herbalife’s current business model involved luring members with promises of lavish rewards for selling the company’s products, when in fact, the majority of incentives were given to people who recruited others to sell the company’s products. As a result, most people who joined Herbalife never made any money from the company but lost the costs of starting a business.

 

The FTC settlement requires Herbalife to change its business model to ensure all compensation is based on retail sales that are verified. It also prohibits Herbalife from making statements that indicate that participation in Herbalife is likely to result in a lavish lifestyle, such as you “can quit your job,” “be set for life,” “earn millions of dollars,” or “make more money than they ever have imagined or thought possible.” That also includes images of opulent mansions, private helicopters, private jets, yachts and exotic automobiles in their promotions.

 

Division Chief Deborah Hagan, Senior Consumer Counsel Charles Fergus, and Assistant Attorneys General Jacob Gilbert and Gregory Jones handled the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.

 

 

 

Directing Dollars Seen As a Way To Protest Recent Shootings; Thousands Make Deposits in Black-owned Banks

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By Michael Grant, President, National Bankers Association

 

Reacting to the most recent wave of shootings of Black men by police officers, thousands of African-American consumers across America are directing their dollars by opening checking and savings accounts in Black-owned banks.

 

A grassroots effort being called a “Spend Movement” found the nation’s Black banks receiving calls and on-line requests to open accounts.

 

According to National Bankers Association President Michael Grant, “This is a movement that began over 100 years ago but had become dormant as a consequence of racial integration.  Thousands have been mobilized to protest with their spending power.  Many African-American consumers are linking the shootings with a sense of powerlessness, feeling undervalued and disrespected.”

 

Many African-American bankers are hearing that Black lives do not seem to matter because less value is placed on the lives of Black people as a group in America.

 

Since Friday, July 8, literally thousands of checking and savings accounts have been opened at Black-owned banks.

 

“The Black lives matter movement is a complement to an emerging economic empowerment movement that is engulfing Black communities all over America,” stated Preston Pinkett, NBA Chairman and CEO of City National Bank, headquartered in Newark, N.J.

 

Hoping to manage the expectations of its expanding customer base, Black bankers are encouraging some of their prospective customers who have lost their check-writing privileges to work with bank employees to correct the situation. But the banks are also cautioning customers not to become frustrated if the bank is unable to immediately extend check- writing privileges because of past mistakes by customers.

 

Grant also cautioned Black consumers to be mindful of the voluminous requests that the banks are receiving on-line, in person and by telephone.  He stated: “This is a very positive development for Black banks.  They have always provided a disproportionate share of the small business loans and consumer loans to African-Americans.  Ironically, it seems that we have gone full circle back to where we were before desegregation.  The Black community is turning inward and seeking to provide security for itself.  And few would argue against the notion that nearly every major social issue plaguing Black people in America can find its roots in economic deprivation.

 

The National Bankers Association, founded in 1927, is a consortium of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American and women-owned banks.  The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

 

The following is a listing of all NBA banks:
ALABAMA
Commonwealth National Bank
P. O. Box 2326
Mobile, AL 36652
(251) 476-5938, X105
(251) 476-9488 Fax
REGION I – African-American
Neill W. Wright
President
Liberty Bank and Trust
660 Adams Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 262- 0800
(334) 262- 0838 Fax
nwright@libertybank.net
REGION I – African-AmericanCALIFORNIA
William Lu
President & CEO
Saigon National Bank
15606 Brookhurst Street
Westminster, CA 92262
(714) 338-8700
(714) 338-8730 Fax
blu@SaigonNational.com

REGION V-Asian-Vietnamese

Kevin Cohee
President / CEO
OneUnited Bank
3863 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
kcohee@oneunited.com
REGION V – African-AmericanRobert Lussier
President & CEO
Trans Pacific National Bank
55 Second Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 543-1052
(415) 543-3377 Fax
rlussier@tpnb.com
REGION V – WOB
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr.
President & CEO
Industrial Bank
4812 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-2014
(202) 722-2040 Fax
dmitchell@industrial-bank.com
REGION II – African-AmericanFLORIDA
Kevin Cohee
President / CEO
OneUnited Bank
3275 NW 79th St.
Miami, FL 33147
kcohee@oneunited.com

REGION I – African-American

GEORGIA
Cynthia Day
President & CEO
Citizens Trust Bank
75 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 575-8300
(404) 575-8311 Fax
Cynthia.Day@CTBATL.com

REGION I – African-American

Robert E. James
President
Carver State Bank
P. O. Box 2769
Savannah, GA 31402
(912) 233-9971
(912) 232-8666 Fax
RJames@carverstatebank.com
REGION I – African-AmericanKANSAS
Sachitra Padamabhan
Chairman & President
CBW Bank
P. O. Box 287
Weir, KS 66781
(620) 396-8221
(620) 396-8402 FAX
suchitra@cbwbank.com
REGION III-Asian
Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
1314 N. 5th
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-321-7200
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION III – African-American

KENTUCKY
Pedro A. Bryant
Chairman, President & CEO
Metro Bank
900 S. 12th St.
Louisville, KY 40210
(502) 775-4553
(502) 775-5323 FAX
pedrob@metrobankky.com
REGION III – African-AmericanILLINOIS
Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
President
Liberty Bank & Trust Co.
1111 S. Homan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 533-6900, X239
(773) 533-8512 Fax
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION III – African-AmericanSeaway Bank & Trust Company
645 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 487-4800
(773) 487-0452 Fax
execdesk@seawaybank.us
REGION III – African-AmericanFrank Wang
President
International Bank of Chicago
1860 North Mannheim Road
Stone Park, IL 60165
(708) 410-2899
(708) 410-2696 Fax
Robert.Klamp@INBK.com

REGION III – Asian

LOUISIANA
Alden J. McDonald, Jr.
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust Company
P. O. Box 60131
New Orleans, LA 70160
(504) 240-5161
(504) 240-5166 Fax
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION I – African-AmericanMARYLAND
Joseph Haskins
Chairman & CEO
The Harbor Bank of Maryland
25 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 528-1882
(410) 951-1858 Fax
jhaskins@theharborbank.com
REGION II – African-AmericanMASSACHUSETTS
Kevin Cohee
Chairman & CEO
OneUnited Bank
100 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 457-4400
(617) 457-4435 Fax
kcohee@oneunited.com
REGION II – African-AmericanMICHIGAN
Barry Clay
President & CEO
First Independence Bank
44 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 256-8466
(313) 256-8811 Fax
bclay@firstindependence.com
REGION III – African-AmericanAlden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
9108 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
313-873-3310
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION III – African-AmericanMISSISSIPPI
Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
2325 Livingston Rd.
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 987-6730
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION I – African-AmericanMISSOURI
Alden J. McDonald
President & CEO
Liberty Bank & Trust
1670 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 822-8560
ajmcdonald@libertybank.net
REGION I – African-American

NEW JERSEY
Preston Pinkett III
President & CEO
City National Bank of New Jersey
900 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 624-0865
(973) 624-1879 Fax
ppinkett@citynatbank.com
REGION II – African-American

NEW YORK
Preston Pinkett III
President & CEO
City National Bank of New Jersey
382 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 865-4763
ppinkett@citynatbank.com
REGION II – African-American

NORTH CAROLINA
James H. Sills III President & CEO
Mechanics & Farmers Bank
P. O. Box 1932
Durham, N. C. 27702
(919) 687-7800,X-816
(910) 687-7821 FAX
Jim.Sills@mfbonline.com
REGION I – African-American

OKLAHOMA
Steve Riff
President & CEO
First State Bank of Porter
P. O. Box 250
Locust Grove, OK 74352
(918) 479-5001
(918) 483-3362 Fax
steveriff@valornet.com
REGION I – Native American

PENNSYLVANIA
Evelyn F. Smalls
President & CEO
United Bank of Philadelphia
30 S. 15th Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 351-4600 X105
(215) 231-3673 Fax
esmalls@unitedbankofphiladelphia.com

REGION II – African-American

SOUTH CAROLINA
John Kreighbaum
President and CEO
South Carolina Community Bank
P. O. Box 425
1545 Sumter Street
Columbia, S.C. 29202
(803) 733-8100, X1104
(803) 254-0150 Fax
REGION I – African-American

TENNESSEE
Deborah A. Cole
President & CEO
Citizens Bank
1917 Heiman Street
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 327-9787
(615) 329-4843 Fax
dcole@bankcbn.com
REGION I – African-American

Jesse Turner, Jr.
President & CEO
Tri-State Bank of Memphis
180 S. Main
P. O. Box 2007
Memphis, TN 38101
(901) 525-0384
(901) 526-8608 Fax
lshaw@tristatebank.com
REGION I – African-American

TEXAS
Ignacio Urrabazo, Jr.
President
Commerce Bank
5800 San Dario Street
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 724-2424
(956) 728-8247
iurrabazo@ibc.com
REGION IV – Hispanic

John Scroggins
President & CEO
Unity National Bank
2602 Blodgett Street
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 387-7401
(713) 387-5040 Fax
jscroggins@unitybanktexas.com
REGION IV – African-AmericanNativido Lozano III
Vice President
International Bank of Commerce
P. O. Drawer 1359
1200 San Bernardo Avenue
Laredo, TX 78040
(956) 722-7611
(956) 726-6692 Fax
nlozano@ibc.com
REGION IV – HispanicLee Reed
Sr. Vice President
International Bank of Commerce
1600 Ruben Torres Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78526
(956) 547-1019
(956) 547-1029 Fax
lreed@ibc.com
REGION IV – HispanicVIRGINIA
Kelvin G. Perry
President
First State Bank
PO Box 6400,201 N. Union Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-0198
(434) 792-4978 Fax
Kperry@efirststatebank.com
REGION II – African-AmericanWISCONSIN
Seaway Bank & Trust Company
645 East 87th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 487-4800
(773) 487-0452 Fax
execdesk@seawaybank.us
REGION III – African-AmericanPhoto: Michael Grant, President, National Bankers Association

New Black History Bowtie Design Celebrates Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks

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Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Bowtie

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The African American civil rights movement can now be celebrated in style with the release of a high-quality, luxury printed bowtie that features Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Rosa Parks. Sold exclusively online at www.BlackHistoryBowties.com, the unique bowtie is hand-crafted to perfection, made with premium 100% double-brushed cotton and polyester.

The design celebrates the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s that aimed to end racial segregation and discrimination against African Americans. During that period, some very historical events took place that are still commemorated today usually during Black History month – including Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and

A popular gift for men of all ages, the bowtie is sized at 5″ inches x 3″ inches, features a durable double-ply design, and an adjustable one-size-fits-all neck strap. It is also pre-tied, and the print will never fade!

Other bowties featured on the web site feature Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and more. For more details, visit www.BlackHistoryBowties.com

 

Alderman Beale Has Outraged The Englewood Community

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Alderman Anthony Beale has declared war on Englewood Hero

Englewood Political Task Force, P.E.A.C.E, Action Coalition of Englewood, Alderman Toni Foulkes, Alderman Rod Sawyer, and Community Residents will protest the removal of some of the Honorary Hal Baskin Street signs Friday, July 15, 2016, 3:00 PM., at the P.E.A.C.E Community Center. 6455 S Peoria St. Chicago.

On June 22, 2016 an ordinance was introduced in the Chicago City Council bestowing the honor of naming 65th street, between Halsted and Racine, Honorary Hal Baskin St. Signs with the name of Hal Baskin were placed along the designated area Friday July 1st and an official unveiling was held Saturday July 2, 2016.

Now comes word, Alderman Anthony Beale thinks there are too many honorary street signs along 65th Street. The city removed some of the signs today. The community is outraged. “What is the point in doing this after the signs have been printed and placed? asked Darryl Smith, spokesperson for the Englewood Political Task Force. It’s obvious Anthony Beale or someone he’s acting on behalf , has a bone to pick with Hal. This is a total disregard and blatant show of disrespect to the Englewood community and the Aldermen that represent the two wards.

Alderman Beale has angered the many residents of Englewood and throughout the city of Chicago whose lives Hal has touched. Hal has been a living example of what you can do when you turn your life around. If Anthony Beale wants a fight, we will give him one. This time, he have pushed us too far and we will push back..”

For more information, contact: Darryl Smith, President of the Englewood Political Task Force (773) 297-0526 or Keith Harris: (773) 527-8225

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CivicLab Releases First Book “Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” – Celebrates @ Alhambra Palace July 16!

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Got your property tax bill yet? I did. It went up $1,000.

Did Chicago REALLY need an extra $1,000 from the Tresser household.

No.

We can’t believe what we are told about the city’s finances. And when we DON”T know where the money is in Chicago we are in for bad deals, service cuts and limited futures. And more fees and higher property taxes.

In an effort to Illuminate the true state of Chicago’s finances we are releasing our first book!

“Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve” is a collection of short articles by local experts on how to save and generate MAJOR revenues for Chicago. We are talking about BILLIONS of dollars!

Full information on the book is at www.wearenotbroke.org.

We will be partying at the amazing Alhambra Palace on Saturday, July 16, from 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:30) at 1240 W. West Randolph Street. The cost is $30 and includes one copy of the book. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased via EventBrite: http://broke_book_party.eventbrite.com.

The emcee will be Damon Williams Co-Director of the Chicago Black Youth 100 Project and co-founder of the #LetUsBreathe Collective.

Our special guest will be Troy LaRaviere, President-Elect of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, and an outspoken champion of public education. Our authors will give a summary of their articles. Attendees can get more books, get books signed and meet and mingle with a bunch of people who believe that Chicago is NOT broke.

The book is divided into three sections:

(1) Money Stolen From Us – Money We Should Not Have Spent, (2) Money Hidden From Us, and
(3) Money We Are Not Collecting – But Should Be.


Legendary political strategist and organizer Don Rose calls the book “required reading“!

Please come celebrate with us on July 16th! Order tickets here.

Tom Tresser
Editor
312-804-3230
tom@civiclab.us

“Supreme Love” Hits the Stage NEXT WEEK!

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March for Alton, Philando, and All Black Lives: Abolition Now

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CHICAGO, IL – Today, Friday, July 15, 2016 at 5:30pm, members of Assata’s Daughters will hold a march beginning at 51st and King Drive to honor those who have been killed by state violence.

Last week, news spread across the world that at least 2 more Black people had been killed by the police Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Their murders bring the total number of people killed by police thus far in 2016 to 559.

“The police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile are part of a larger structure of antiblack state violence that all Black people, trans and cis, straight and queer, experience on a daily basis. This violence against our communities is not limited to police killings. The state depletes our communities of material resources and wreaks havoc on us through unfettered antiblack racism, homophobia, and genderbased violence,” said Fullamusu Bangura, a member of Assata’s Daughters.

Bangura continued, “It is imperative that we hold the state accountable for ALL the violence it inflicts against us. Reclaiming resources for our communities is not a crime. Police accountability is not a hate crime. Black organizers in Chicago will not stand for continued state terror against our communities.”

If approved by the Chicago City Council, the Blue Lives Matter ordinance will add police officers and other first responders to the list of those protected by hate crime laws.

We are marching to show our support to the loved ones of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Rekia Boyd, and all black lives affected by state violence.

We will continue the work necessary to achieve abolition now, and we encourage you to join us in this fight.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1258340007539966/

Follow us on Twitter: @AssataDaughters and #AbolitionNowChi

Munger: Unpaid Bill Backlog to Exceed $10 Billion by Year End

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Human services, small businesses, higher education to be prioritized

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Thursday said the state’s bill backlog will grow throughout the fall and Illinois will enter the New Year with approximately $10 billion in unpaid invoices, resulting in payment delays of at least six months.

 

The announcement follows last month’s passage of a stopgap budget, which authorized payments that were being delayed due to the state’s year-long budget impasse.

 

“While the stopgap is a positive step forward, it does not address our larger fiscal challenges. When we look at the numbers we are facing, the realities are sobering,” said Munger, noting the state is on pace to spend $2.5 billion more than it takes in the next six months. “Those severe cash shortages mean my office will continue to perform triage to help those most in need and protect our most critical services.”

 

While payments as a rule will continue to be treated on a first-in, first-out basis, priority will be given to:

 

  • Nonprofits not covered by court orders or consent decrees that continued to provide services without an FY16 budget, including autism services, programs for the homeless, mental health services and others.
  • Business owners who provided goods and services to the state in good faith last year without payment.
  • Colleges, universities, and MAP Grant students who faced significant cuts and delays this past year.

In addition, Munger will continue her policy of treating compensation for state elected officials like all other payments. As a result, lawmakers and state constitutional office holders – including Munger – will continue to stand in line for payments with human service providers, small business owners, hospitals, schools and others.

 

“We’re looking at $10 billion in unpaid bills and vendors waiting 6 months or more to be paid. How can I in good conscience tell hospitals, schools, small businesses, nonprofits and others to get in line – and then walk politicians to the front?” Munger said. “It remains a matter of fundamental fairness. We are all in this together and we all should wait in line.”

 

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