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DuPage Democrats Support Standing Rock Sioux Against DAPL Oil Pipeline

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By Dan Bailey

 

Wheaton IL – On Wednesday, November 16, the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of DuPage  overwhelmingly passed a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux and their brave and principled stance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), in an effort to protect natural resources and the global climate from the harmful effects of fossil fuel extraction, transport and use.

 

About the Standing Rock Sioux’s stand:

 

On Thanksgiving, we remember the assistance early American settlers received from their Native American neighbors in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Without their help, the colony would have been unlikely to survive its first winter.

 

Let us remember that spirit of mutual respect and cooperation while considering how we treat the Standing Rock Sioux. The lands that they are fighting to protect have been guaranteed to them by treaty with the US government. While defending their lands, the Standing Rock Sioux have been attacked with water cannons and mace, and have been subject to violence and unwarranted surveillance at the hands of militarized police and private security firms. And yet, the efforts of the Standing Rock Sioux benefit all Americans.  Their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline contributes to the struggle against global climate change, an issue that affects us all.

 

The Standing Rock Sioux are working to protect a world we all share, and as we reflect upon our blessings this Thanksgiving we should not forget their sacrifice.  Please go to www.sacredstonecamp.org/faq to learn how you could help.

 

Resolution to Oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline:

 

Since the Standing Rock Sioux are defending the ancestral lands that have been allocated to them by treaty with our federal government, and since the preservation of their land rights is in alignment with our broader goal of curtailing further investment into fossil fuels so as to avert global climate disaster, we believe that the Standing Rock Sioux deserve our support and admiration.

 

Therefore, be it resolved by the Democratic Party of DuPage County that we endorse their efforts, and demand that our Representatives in the Illinois and United States Governments act immediately to restore the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux, protect the natural resources in and around the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and halt further public investment into fossil fuels, the use of which is the primary driver of global climate change.

 

Specifically, we demand the following:

 

  1. We call on President Obama to instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to discontinue this project and rescind its permitting.

 

  1. We ask that President Obama issue an executive order to halt all new oil pipeline construction, as all pipelines have the potential to leak and incidences of major pipeline bursts in the US have increased by 60% since 2009.

 

  1. We call upon the State of Illinois and all Representatives therein to pledge to exhaust all available options to stop the construction of this pipeline.

 

  1. Furthermore, we call upon governments at State, Federal, and local levels to prioritize and expedite the transition to sustainable sources of energy, investing in the well-being of future generations and safeguarding the balance between humankind and the natural environment.

 

The Democratic Party of DuPage County seeks to inform voters of issues and act upon civic and other matters of common interest to all residents of DuPage County.

 

To learn more about this, please contact:

Dan Bailey @ 630 632 8590 or baileyd@ameritech.net

 

 

NAACP: The NAACP Resolutely Condemns President-Elect Trump’s Proposed Plans for a ‘Muslim Registry’

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NAACP Statement on Proposed “Muslim Registry”

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The following is a statement from Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP:

 

Our nation’s history contains far too many horrific examples of the oppression and demonization of groups based on religion, race, origin or political affiliation, and we refuse to sit by silently and allow for the creation of new ones.

 

The President-elect may have run a campaign based on the faulty assumption that only through a return to the racial polarization of the past can America be great again, but those of us who know our history and have a memory of that ugly past will fight with every inch of our spirit to not go back.

 

While slavery, genocide, segregation and internment have strained our ideals of democracy and inclusion, those same ideals yet inspire the NAACP’s work in streets, media and courts.

 

For over a century, the NAACP has battled against racism to secure equality for all American citizens. President-elect Trump’s proposed registry – a digital ‘stop and frisk’ for Muslim Americans – is the latest threat to the liberty of all Americans. The NAACP stands with our civil rights organization partners in denouncing any ‘Muslim registry’ and in the ongoing fight against the persecution of any Americans.

 

For democracy to become real for all members of our nation, we all must learn to stand in solidarity with any subjugated groups and embrace the risks of doing so.

 

That is why I, as a proud Christian and card-carrying member of the NAACP, have joined with my dear Jewish colleague, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, in vowing that, should President-elect Trump’s threat of a ‘Muslim registry’ come to fruition, we will not hesitate to sign up. In the meantime, the NAACP will continue to stand in staunch opposition to any attempt to register and reduce anyone to noncitizen and nonhuman status.”

 

Atlanta Teens’ Documentary on Ghana to Air on PBS Nationwide

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A Queens Discovery is a Story of A Transformational Journey to Africa
Nzinga Anasa Braswell on the Tavis Smiley Show

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com)A Queens Discovery follows a father and daughters mission trip to Africa. The film is told from the perspective of 16-year-old Nzinga Anasa Braswell as she and her father participate in an annual LEAP for Ghana mission in 2015. Her journey to the country as a first time visitor gives her a unique comparison between her Black American experience as a youth and what she discovered in Africa. (Runtime 23:30).

The film is the winner of PBSs To The Contrary: All About Women International Category. It is scheduled to begin airing nationwide on December 9, 2016 (check your local listing for airtime).

I had no idea that my story would be of such interest to others. I want to give back to those girls I met in Ghana. This has turned out to be a way to do just that, says Nzinga.

Nzinga Braswell is currently a senior at North Springs Charter High School in Atlanta, Georgia. Her extra curricular activities include managing the Varsity Basketball team and participating in the HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the African American Culture Clubs. She also works part-time at a local family entertainment center, assists a local group with feeding the homeless, and participates in Fathers Incorporated’s on-going community service activities. Nzinga was recently accepted to attend Kennesaw State University in Georgia and plans to pursue a career in sports medicine.

I am so proud of Nzinga. I watched her transform over the nine days we were in Africa, says her father and Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated, Kenneth Braswell. When she said she wanted to raise funds to send girls to secondary school, it blew my heart away.

The film recently won Best Film in the Delta Sigma Theta International Film Festival in Atlanta, and was showcased at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. Nzinga and her Dad can also be seen interviewed on The Tavis Smiley Show, Wednesday, November 30th (check your local listing for airtime).

For more information on the documentary, email fathersincorporated@gmail.com or call 770-804-9800. A copy of this documentary can be purchased at www.aqueensdiscovery.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for furthering the education of youth in Ghana. You can also donate directly to the scholarship fund at www.gofundme.com/queensdiscovery

Fathers Incorporated is leading national nonprofit for the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood.

Photo Caption: Kenneth Braswell (Father), Nzinga Braswell & Tavis Smiley
Photo Credit: JVE Photography

 

Building Contractor Company Executive Convicted of Theft from Labor Union, Unlawful Labor Payments, Fraud and Money Laundering

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The owner and CEO of a Greenbelt, Maryland, building contracting company was convicted for stealing $1.7 million from Local 657 of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and other related offenses.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Robin Blake of the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Washington, D.C., Regional Office and District Director Mark Wheeler of the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards Washington, D.C., District Office made the announcement.

Gary Amoes Cooper, 58, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the owner and CEO of STS General Contracting, was convicted of conspiracy to commit theft from a labor organization, conspiracy to make unfair labor payments, wire fraud and money laundering following a jury trial before U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta of the District of Columbia.  Sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 27, 2017.

Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that Cooper and co-defendant Christopher Andrew Kwegan, the president of STS, conspired with Anthony Wendel Frederick Sr., the former business manager of Local 657 of LIUNA, to convert for personal use $1.7 million in funds stolen from Local 657.  LIUNA is a labor organization that represents laborers in the construction industry, and LIUNA’s Local 657 represents construction laborers in Washington, D.C., and five adjacent counties.

According to trial evidence, from May 2013 to June 2014, Frederick directed $1.7 million in Local 657 funds to STS for an unauthorized construction project and other work without the knowledge or authorization of the Local 657 Executive Board or officials in LIUNA.  Cooper and Kwegan then directed part of the stolen funds from STS accounts toward a $225,000 down payment and construction of a garage for a residential property acquired by Frederick, and gave Frederick’s wife 50 percent ownership in a different construction corporation owned by Cooper.  In addition, according to trial evidence, Cooper and Kwegan depleted an STS bank account containing only stolen Local 657 funds by withdrawing more than $400,000 in cash, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to third parties in Qatar and using the remainder for personal items, entertainment, shopping trips, hotel stays and overseas travel.

Frederick, 51, also of Upper Marlboro, and Kwegan, 58, of Randallstown, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the same offenses and await sentencing.

The FBI and the Department of Labor investigated the case.  Trial Attorneys Vincent Falvo and David Karpel of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section are prosecuting the case.

Source: FBI

Finally, the Coretta Scott King Story: ‘My Life, My Love, My Legacy’ is Shared With World Audience

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Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and twentieth-century American civil and human rights hero toward the end of her life commissioned Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds to write her memoir.  It will be released on January 17th 2017.

 

Dr. Reynolds, a journalist and author of six books, first came into contact with Coretta King in 1975 when she was assigned to write a magazine article for the Chicago Tribune. From that encounter a 30-year life-changing relationship of mentorship and friendship evolved, resulting in King turning to Reynolds, an ordained minister, to write about her most note-worthy accomplishments but also her deepest pain and setbacks.

 

From the pages of this compelling book, Coretta King emerges from the shadows, the margins of history and more importantly from behind the labels of wife of…mother of…and leader of…which – while correct – never went deep enough to reveal the fullness of her life.

 

In her memoir, readers will see both character and courage, a woman who was not only married to Dr. King, but was married to the movement of which she was a partner.  She  was born in April 27, 1927 into the troubled and twisted times in Alabama, where her house was burned down as a teen-ager; she was in her home with her 2-year-old baby when her home was fire-bombed during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Although she never knew if the same hate that killed the love of her life would also claim her life and those of her children, she refused to step aside even as threats continued long after the assassination of her husband.

 

In her own voice, the book reveals a Coretta, moving on through many lonely days as the architect of her husband’s legacy, working tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a quasi-international West Point of Non-violence, lobbying for 15 years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband and campaigning for the rights of the disadvantaged around the globe and at home.

 

In this memoir, for the first time Coretta King talks candidly about her marriage and the rumored reports of Dr. King’s infidelity; she offers her thoughts on the reasons behind SCLC co-founder Ralph Abernathy’s unfavorable characterization of Martin in his autobiography, as well as some unproductive characteristics within the inner circle of the civil rights movement.

 

Legendary leaders, such as Maya Angelou, former U.N. ambassador and U.S. congressmen Andrew Young;  Myrlie Evers-Williams, a past chairman of the NAACP, whose civil rights active husband Medgar Evers was assassinated; Rep. John Conyers,  who played a major role in legislating the King Holiday bill as well as Dr. Bernice King, also provide reflections in this historic work.

 

Dr. Reynolds views Coretta King as one of the world’s most trusted moral leaders, and effective disciples of non-violent direct action, who left a model of selfless, compassionate leadership that is sorely needed today.

 

Dr. Reynolds is available for interviews and speeches on the King book through her representative Traycee Gales. To reach Dr. Reynolds, please contact Traycee at 301-741- 5254 or trayceegales@yahoo.com

Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), and twentieth-century American civil and human rights hero toward the end of her life commissioned Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds to write her memoir.  It will be released on January 17th 2017.

 

Dr. Reynolds, a journalist and author of six books, first came into contact with Coretta King in 1975 when she was assigned to write a magazine article for the Chicago Tribune. From that encounter a 30-year life-changing relationship of mentorship and friendship evolved, resulting in King turning to Reynolds, an ordained minister, to write about her most note-worthy accomplishments but also her deepest pain and setbacks.

 

From the pages of this compelling book, Coretta King emerges from the shadows, the margins of history and more importantly from behind the labels of wife of…mother of…and leader of…which – while correct – never went deep enough to reveal the fullness of her life.

 

In her memoir, readers will see both character and courage, a woman who was not only married to Dr. King, but was married to the movement of which she was a partner.  She  was born in April 27, 1927 into the troubled and twisted times in Alabama, where her house was burned down as a teen-ager; she was in her home with her 2-year-old baby when her home was fire-bombed during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Although she never knew if the same hate that killed the love of her life would also claim her life and those of her children, she refused to step aside even as threats continued long after the assassination of her husband.

 

In her own voice, the book reveals a Coretta, moving on through many lonely days as the architect of her husband’s legacy, working tirelessly to found and develop The King Center as a quasi-international West Point of Non-violence, lobbying for 15 years for the US national holiday in honor of her husband and campaigning for the rights of the disadvantaged around the globe and at home.

 

In this memoir, for the first time Coretta King talks candidly about her marriage and the rumored reports of Dr. King’s infidelity; she offers her thoughts on the reasons behind SCLC co-founder Ralph Abernathy’s unfavorable characterization of Martin in his autobiography, as well as some unproductive characteristics within the inner circle of the civil rights movement.

 

Legendary leaders, such as Maya Angelou, former U.N. ambassador and U.S. congressmen Andrew Young;  Myrlie Evers-Williams, a past chairman of the NAACP, whose civil rights active husband Medgar Evers was assassinated; Rep. John Conyers,  who played a major role in legislating the King Holiday bill as well as Dr. Bernice King, also provide reflections in this historic work.

 

Dr. Reynolds views Coretta King as one of the world’s most trusted moral leaders, and effective disciples of non-violent direct action, who left a model of selfless, compassionate leadership that is sorely needed today.

 

Dr. Reynolds is available for interviews and speeches on the King book through her representative Traycee Gales. To reach Dr. Reynolds, please contact Traycee at 301-741- 5254 or trayceegales@yahoo.com

 

Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

Chicago Metro Unemployment Rate Rises

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CHICAGO, IL – Thirteen of (14) Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rates and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The unemployment rate increased only in the Chicago metro area.

“Overall the year over year unemployment rate increase is disappointing, but not unexpected given Illinois’ lackluster rate of economic recovery since 2011,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “ Each of the six counties in the Chicago metro division saw their unemployment rate increase, while 94 of the remaining 96 counties in the state saw their rates decline.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Elgin Metropolitan Division (+2.0%, +5,100), the Kankakee MSA (+1.5%, +700) and the Champaign-Urbana MSA (+1.4%, +1,600). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased +0.6% or +23,800. Illinois businesses lost jobs in five metro areas including Carbondale-Marion MSA (-2.2%, -1,300), the Decatur MSA (-1.9%, -1,000) and the Bloomington MSA (-1.3%, -1,300). The industries that saw job growth in a majority of metro areas were Retail Trade (10 areas), Educational and Health Services (8 areas), Leisure and Hospitality (8 areas) and total Government (8 areas). Manufacturing saw decreases in 12 areas.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares October 2016 with October 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.5 percent in October 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in October 2016 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

 

New Chicago Muslim Healing & Organizing Collective to Support Communities Targeted by Mass Surveillance, Structural Violence and Culture of Anti-Muslimism

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Collective of Muslim-identified women, femmes, and non-binary people of color aims to build and strengthen their own spaces for healing and organizing.
CHICAGO, IL – In the wake of the recent election results and the impact of this election cycle on Muslim communities, a new group, Chicago Muslim Healing & Organizing Collective, is forming in the city. They are asking for resources to build and strengthen their own spaces for healing and organizing.
Statement from Chicago Muslim Healing & Organizing Collective
We are Muslim-identified women, femmes, and non-binary people of color who have been negotiating systematic mass surveillance, structural violence, and a culture of Anti-Muslimism that has only accelerated since the start of the presidential elections. In light of last week’s election results and the impact of this election cycle on our communities, we feel an increased urgency to support our communities.
We are starting an organizing collective of Muslim femmes & non-binary people in Chicago to organize, heal, and build–and are calling for your support.

Our communities sit at intersections of state violence both within the borders of the U.S. and outside of them. In the past fifteen years, we have seen an increase in deportations, surveillance, and violent crimes against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim (such as Christian Arabs and Sikhs). These numbers have only been rising exponentially with no end in sight. We refuse to normalize this reality for the next four years and beyond.

 

No, safety pins are not going to keep us safe or thriving. White savior “solidarity” that postures itself as protectors of Muslim women and femmes in need saving is infantilizing at best and misogynistic at worst. It has not helped us in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Palestine, and it will not help us now in the United States. In this moment, we are asking for support–but support that is based on our needs as people who experience these forms of oppression directly–rather than projected and assumed needs from those outside our community. We are asking for resources to build and strengthen our own spaces for healing and organizing.

 

It is important to note that while we identify as Muslim, we are not only Muslim. We exist at the intersection of many identities. We are Muslim and queer, Black, Brown, African, Arab, Desi, Persian, refugee, migrant, immigrant, and students, among other identities. Our work in this moment is to prioritize political education within our communities–to share strategies for supporting ourselves and one another against individual or state-based violence. At large, Muslims are a small population in the U.S., so it is imperative for us to self-determine our fight and solidarity locally and globally.

 

As we build together, our needs will grow and change! This is not meant just as a reaction to the election, and we have been imagining this space long before. This is ongoing work to grow spaces where our communities can thrive, not just survive.

 

We are asking our family, friends, community, neighbors, and allies for support. We see immediate needs of at least $5,000 in startup funds to cover self-defense trainings; print and produce zines, “know your rights” pamphlets, and other political educational materials; secure accessible and safe meeting spaces; conduct virtual and in-person outreach; and build other community-based projects and initiatives designed to keep our people safe.

 

We just launched our fundraising efforts and the link to donate and support our work is here:

 

bit.ly/muslimsorganizeWe ask for your help in sharing our fundraiser with your family, friends, and networks. Follow us on twitter at@muslimsorganize.

And of course, please let us know if there is any way we can support your work.

Politics: Another Perspective by Wilmer J. Leon, III, Ph.D.

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Politics Another Perspective: Analysis of Race, War, Ethics and the American Political Landscape in the Age of Obama, is a collection of Op Ed’s written by Wilmer J. Leon, III, Ph.D. 
As a collection, these writings provide cutting edge analysis of the various issues that influenced the American geopolitical landscape since 2006 and insight into the direction that the country is headed.

Dr. Leon is a Political Scientist whose primary areas of expertise are Black Politics, American Government, and Public Policy. For 11 years he was a Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

He is the Producer/ Host of the nationally broadcast talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon” on Sirius XM Satellite radio channel 126, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Trice Edney News Wire and a regular political commentator on national and international news programs.

Dr. Leon earned a BS degree in Political Science from Hampton Institute, a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University.

“Wilmer Leon is one of the few Black prophetic voices in the age of Obama. This book confirms this status – courageous, visionary and consistent!” – Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Wilmer Leon has assembled a collection that asks the right questions about race and democracy. In an era when too many are silenced for fear of rocking the boat of the status quo, Wilmer Leon has signaled his willingness to go out on a limb and speak truth to power. Bravo! – Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist and Author Are We Better Off: Race, Obama and Public Policy.

To contact Dr. Leon call 301-908-5920 or email WJL3US@GMAIL.COM www.twitter.com/drwleon and Dr. Leon’s Prescription at Facebook.com

Madigan Releases Annual Holiday Safe Shopping Guide

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Attorney General’s Guide Details Dangerous Children’s Products of 2016

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season.

 

Madigan’s 2016 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions and photographs of children’s products recalled in the last year – from popular children’s toys and games that pose choking hazards to children’s furniture and playsets that pose entrapment or falling risks.  Since January, there have been 84 recalls of children’s products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This easy-to-use resource can help families avoid recalled products on the second-hand market and items that may already be in their homes.

 

“I appreciate how busy and overwhelmed parents are, so I hope my Safe Shopping Guide helps families make sure their homes are free of unsafe toys and products,” Madigan said.

 

This year, some of the products parents should watch out for include baby rattles that can break and cause a choking hazard, toys and jewelry with excessive levels of lead, hoverboards that can overheat and catch on fire and infant carriers that can detach from the adult.

 

Consumers can view and download the 2016 Safe Shopping Guide at Madigan’s website. For more information about product recalls, contact Madigan’s Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678. Parents and caregivers can also receive recall alerts directly by signing up at recalls.gov.

 

 

Morgan Freeman to Receive AARP Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award

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16TH Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards to Celebrate Freeman and Other Award Winners on February 6, 2017 in Los Angeles
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AARP announced that actor, producer and Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman will receive the 2016 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.  The Movies for Grownups® multimedia franchise was established in 2002 to celebrate and encourage films with unique appeal to mature audiences and to recognize the inspiring artists 50-plus who make them.

Freeman will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.  AARP The Magazine will host the 16th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, where many other awards, including best actor, best actress and best director, will be presented.  Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy.

“We are proud to announce that Morgan Freeman is our AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement winner,” said Bob Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “Morgan is a consummate artist and an actor whose unforgettable performances year after year disrupt the conventional wisdom about aging in Hollywood. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

“At a certain point in life, if you’ve had some success, awards start to fall from the sky. But this one really means something,” said Morgan Freeman to AARP The Magazine.  “I started my movie career at 50 and some of the best years happened since then. I get a lot of pats on the back – they’re all over the place – but this one’s more than fun, it’s priceless.”

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever-popular American actor has become one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema.  Born in June 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, Freeman had his first dramatic arts exposure on the stage, appearing in an off-Broadway production of The Nigger Lovers and also in an all-African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969). His breakout role in film was playing Fast Black in Street Smart (1987), a performance that landed him his first of five Academy Award nominations.

Today, Freeman’s career spans more than 50 years and includes roles in memorable films including Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, Unforgiven, The Shawshank Redemption, Amistad and more.  He received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for his performance in Million Dollar Baby. Additionally, Freeman produced many films in conjunction with his company, Revelations Entertainment, including 2010’s Invictus, in which Freeman played Nelson Mandela; the film received Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG nominations.  In April 2017, he will co-star with Michael Caine and Alan Arkin in the comedy Going In Style.

Freeman joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement honorees, including Michael Douglas, Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Robert Redford and Robert DeNiro.

With weekly news and reviews, nationwide screenings, and an annual awards event, Movies for Grownups multimedia franchise continues to champion movies for grownups, by grownups.

For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards, go online to www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.
About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups® Awards’ Philanthropic Goals
The annual Movies for Grownups®  Awards raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, functional and affordable housing, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.

AARP Foundation is active in Los Angeles. It is working with the Motion Picture &Television Fund (MPTF) to develop programs to reduce social isolation among older people, by keeping them connected with their friends, families and neighborhoods.  AARP Foundation also is the founding sponsor of L.A. Kitchen, where California produce considered “waste” is used to make healthy meals for those in need.

 

 

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