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What’s Next For America?

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America faces a time for racial healing


By Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League
“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” 
― Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

As far back as June of last year, the National Urban League called upon all Presidential candidates to refrain from using racially divisive and disparaging language in their campaigns.

In the ensuing months, we heard an unprecedented call to ban all Muslims from the nation, even United States citizens. That call was followed by more than two dozen anti-Muslim attacks in the United States, ranging from a cabdriver shot in Pittsburgh to the deliberate torching of a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks. N.D.  The owner of a food market in Queens was beaten by a customer who vowed to “kill Muslims.”

The level of vitriol against immigrants and racial and ethnic minorities was amped so high during the campaign that the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, coined the term “The Trump Effect” to describe the alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color over racial tensions and their fears of being deported.

According to an SPLC survey of teachers:

  • More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students—mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims—have expressed concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.
  • More than half have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse.
  • More than one-third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.
  • More than 40 percent were hesitant to teach about the election.

Other children have been using the word “Trump” as a taunt or as a chant as they gang up on others.

Over two-thirds (67 percent) of educators reported that young people in their schools—most often immigrants, children of immigrants, Muslims, African Americans and other students of color—had expressed concern about what might happen to them or their families after the election. Close to one-third of the students in American classrooms are children of foreign-born parents. This year, they are scared, stressed and in need of reassurance and support from teachers. Muslim children are harassed and worried. Even native-born African-American children, whose families arrived here before the American Revolution, ask about being sent back to Africa. Others, especially younger students, have worries that are the stuff of nightmares, like a return to slavery or being rounded up and put into camps. Overall, these vulnerable students are disillusioned and depressed at the hatred they’re hearing from candidates, in the news, from classmates and even, sometimes, from trusted adults.

As we have said throughout this campaign, religious and racial bigotry are not core American values. In fact, such bigotry is more than unpatriotic; it threatens our national security.

So, where do we go from here?

We are hopeful now that the heat of the campaign begins to cool, our President-Elect and his supporters will adopt a more sober approach to issues of racial justice.  He has called for the country to unite, and we will take him at his word.

Our duty as citizens is to hold him to his word.  We have the power to define patriotism in the 21st Century, and there’s no room in that definition for bigotry.  Some have mused that this campaign has served as a poultice of sorts, drawing the poisons of hate and intolerance to the surface. This is our opportunity to cleanse them away.

What President Barack Obama and President-Elect Donald Trump Said After Their Meeting Yesterday in the Oval Office

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, my number-one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful.

And I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces.  And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face.

And in the meantime, Michelle has had a chance to greet the incoming First Lady.  And we had an excellent conversation with her as well, and we want to make sure that they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition.

Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed — because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.


PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much, President Obama.  This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and we were just going to get to know each other.  We had never met each other.  I have great respect.  The meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half.  And it could have — as far as I’m concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer.

We really — we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties.  I very much look forward to dealing with the President in the future, including counsel.  He explained some of the difficulties, some of the high-flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved.

So, Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you, and I look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future.

Vice President Biden Offers His Full Support to Vice President-Elect Pence to Ensure a Smooth and Seamless Transition of Power

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Readout of the vice president’s meeting with vice President-Elect Mike Pence


Vice President Biden met with Vice President-elect Pence in the Vice President’s West Wing office. They spoke about their time working together in Congress and their friendship dating back many years. The Vice President talked with the Vice President-elect about the key duties of the Vice President, and discussed a number of specific policy portfolios that have been a critical focus for him during his time in office, including NATO and eastern Europe and expanding access to the middle class.

The Vice President again offered his full support to the Vice President-elect in order to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of power. The Vice President and Vice President-elect chatted about their families, and the Vice President renewed his invitation for the entire Pence family to join him and Dr. Biden for dinner at the Naval Observatory.

NAACP Statement on Presidential Election

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Baltimore, MD – NAACP National President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding the results of the 2016 presidential election: 

“Even as we extend our congratulations to President-Elect Donald J. Trump, the NAACP, as America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, must bluntly note that the 2016 campaign has regularized racism, standardized anti-Semitism, de-exceptionalized xenophobia and mainstreamed misogyny. Voter suppression, as the courts have declared, has too become rampant and routine.

From the day that General George Washington accepted the people’s charge to become their first commander-in-chief, to the day that we elected Barack Obama as our country’s first African-American president, America has come together to ensure a peaceful transition of power. This most recent presidential election must meet this distinctly American standard. President-Elect Trump’s victory speech avoided a divisive tone and thus invoked this standard.


During this critical period of transition, we are now calling upon the next president to speak and act with the moral clarity necessary to silence the dog-whistle racial politics that have characterized recent months and have left many of our fellow citizens snarling at one another in anger and even whimpering in fear. The more than 120 million Americans who cast ballots in this election – as well as the more than 100 million more eligible voters who declined to vote – deserve no less.

The NAACP stands ready to work with a new administration to realize the racial justice concerns that not only compelled millions of people to go to the polls on Election Day but also inspired millions to protest in the streets in the preceding days and months. Depending upon the new administration’s fidelity to America’s ideals of liberty and the NAACP’s agenda for justice, we will either be at its side or in its face. We will not let this election distract or dissuade us; the NAACP will continue to stand strong at the frontlines, advocating for voting rights, criminal justice reform and equality for all.This election comes as a surprise to many, an affirmation to some and a rejection to others, and yet it is also a defining moment for the NAACP and the nation. Let us come together as a country – come together with the principled and practical unity that the needs of our nation and the need to govern demand.


Our beauty as a country shines brighter than the ugliness of this election. It is up to all of us to reveal the beauty of who we are as a people as we yet see the possibilities of the nation we can become.


Recently Arrived Refugees Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving with Catholic Charities

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago refugee clients and the Catholic Charities Board of Advisors, Junior Board and staff will celebrate this firat annual event.


Nearly 120 refugee clients from Burma, Iraq, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, and Afghanistan will celebrate their first Thanksgiving in the United States together in community with Catholic Charities. This annual event is also a welcome for many families making their new home in the United States with the help of Catholic Charities.


Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Refugee Resettlement Program has been helping refugees from around the world call Chicago home for more than 40 years. The program assists refugees in adapting to their new environment for up to two years, by offering a variety of services, including securing housing, scheduling necessary health screenings, enrolling children in school, and assisting in job placement.


The event will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016, at St. Gregory the Great Parish School Cafeteria, 1677 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago.


About Catholic Charities

Helping people in need for more than 99 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of  the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest, annually assisting more than one million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities.


Attorney General Madigan Honors Veterans Day & Offers Resources for Veterans & Service Members

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CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan honored Veterans Day and reminded Illinois veterans, service members and their families about the resources her office provides to ensure they receive the federal and state benefits they have earned for their service and see that their legal rights are upheld.


Madigan’s Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau advocates for service members and veterans and investigates and pursues cases of fraud against members of the armed services. Veterans, service members and their families can contact Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Hotline for help at 1-800-382-3000 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY) or through Madigan’s website.


“We owe a debt of gratitude to the veterans and service members who have served our nation and risked their lives to safeguard our freedom,” Attorney General Madigan said. “My office’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau is dedicated to helping our veterans, service members and their families understand and exercise their rights.”


The Military and Veterans Rights Bureau provides assistance in various matters including mediating landlord-tenant disputes for service members facing Permanent Change of Station orders that conflict with lease agreements; mediating financial transaction disputes, such as fraudulent credit report entries or erroneous debts; safeguarding employment and accommodations for veterans with traumatic stress; and obtaining compensation owed to veterans or service members on military leave from their primary employer for annual guard/reserve training.


This year, Madigan is also highlighting traumatic stress as an important issue facing veterans and service members. While traumatic stress can be long lasting and disruptive, there are many resources to help veterans live healthy and productive lives. Veterans suffering from traumatic stress have important rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. These laws protect the rights of veterans and service members in many ways, including ensuring access to employment and accommodations. For help, contact the Bureau’s Hotline at 1-800-382-3000 or read Madigan’s brochure on your rights when facing traumatic stress.



NAACP Calls for Restoration of Voting Rights Act in Wake of 2016 Election

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Baltimore, MD – For the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the headline story of November 8 is not merely Trump’s triumph or Clinton’s concession but rather the millions of Americans who were unable or who unnecessarily struggled to cast their votes because of a badly broken Voting Rights Act. Without in anyway questioning the legitimacy of the election’s outcome, Americans must be concerned about the number of suppressed votes, particularly relative to the popular vote.

Throughout this election season, the NAACP has confronted all manners of ugly, unconstitutional voter suppression, including voter purging, intimidation and misinformation. When white nationalists bragged about dispensing malt liquor and marijuana in African-American communities to suppress the vote, we at the NAACP were neither distracted nor dissuaded from our work. When campaign operatives and candidates alike openly called for voter suppression in broad daylight and on camera, we neither flinched nor flagged in our efforts.

The last five days of the campaign, after many months in planning, we formally launched our Selma Initiative to protect the right to vote. We targeted 6,022 precincts in 17 states, dispatching both lawyers and laypeople alike to safeguard access to the ballot box.

On Election Day, volunteers at our national command center and on the ground across the country stood by the side of voters as they faced countless obstacles to the polls, from missing registrations to absent election judges to hours-long lines.

The NAACP prevailed in the federal courts against voter suppression no less than nine times in recent months.  In Texas, our state conference saved 608,470 votes with a victorious decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In North Carolina, our state conference saved nearly five percent of the electorate when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that the state legislature had enacted discriminatory voting laws that intentionally targeted and disenfranchised black voters. And, just days ago, the NAACP saved nearly 4,500 voters from being purged from the North Carolina rolls.

Altogether, we mobilized our two million digital activists, nearly half million card-carrying members, 2,200 local units, and more than a hundred partner organizations to both protect and get out the vote.

History will judge not only the courage of our volunteers but also the cowardice of those who chose again and again to suppress the vote rather than listen to the voice of democracy this year.  History may take note of the Selma Initiative, but let us all now remember Shena Goode, a 79-year-old NAACP volunteer who not only organized a virtual phone bank in her apartment complex, but also made more than 200 calls in a single day to get out the vote. Her story is the story of the NAACP and the nation. When civil rights are threatened, we are as persistent as we are determined.

Now that the election is over, the first priority for a new Congress and a new president must be restoring the badly-broken Voting Rights Act. We cannot afford to send untold teams of lawyers to court and spend incalculable sums of money to defend our right to vote in the courts and in the streets again and again and again.

Any effort to suppress the vote, whether at the hands of lawmakers, judges or everyday people, is and must continue to be considered unjust, un-American and utterly unacceptable. The NAACP will not rest until full and equal voting rights are restored for each and every American citizen.”

A Legacy of Crime Brought to an End: Violent Gang Leader in Buffalo Sentenced for Role in Murders

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Intersection of 7th Street and Hudson Street in Buffalo, New York

The 7th Street Gang once operated on the lower West Side of Buffalo, New York, but gang activity in the area has diminished considerably thanks to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force.

The 7th Street Gang in Buffalo, New York was once considered one of the most violent criminal organizations in the city. It terrorized the surrounding neighborhood while its leader, Efrain “Cheko” Hidalgo, led a bloody turf war with a rival gang. Murders and shootings were rampant for almost six years before an FBI-led investigation dismantled both gangs and, in August, placed Hidalgo behind bars.

“Hidalgo was a driving force behind the rivalry and all of the violence in the West Side,” said Special Agent Jason Galle, who investigated the case out of the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office. “The evolution from dealing drugs with his street corner gang to becoming the leader of the largest criminal enterprise in the city was rapid.”

Hidalgo was just a child the first time he was introduced to dealing drugs. Growing up in a dysfunctional home in Buffalo, he and his siblings found ways to survive and make money on the streets while skipping school and evading foster care.

From selling his first bag of marijuana at age 10 to trafficking illegal narcotics in his late 20s, Hidalgo eventually formed “Cheko’s Crew” while recruiting friends and family to deal drugs in his lower West Side neighborhood. Having proven himself as a formidable crime boss, Hidalgo joined forces with the 7th Street Gang in 2000 over mutual ties and rivalries with competing drug dealers in the community.

Hidalgo’s 7th Street Gang became a focus for the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, which included Bureau agents and officers from the Buffalo and New York State Police Departments. The partnership began to aggressively root out criminals after a wave of violence hit Buffalo’s lower West Side in the summer of 2009, when Hidalgo and his gang were involved in a series of murders, attempted murders, and drive-by shootings in a deadly feud with the rival 10th Street Gang.

After a series of coordinated raids by the FBI-led task force in 2009 and 2010, criminals from the 7th Street Gang and the 10th Street Gang were all brought to justice. Both gangs were successfully dismantled as a result of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which allows prosecutors to charge numerous associates of an enterprise with multiple crimes at the same time. In this case, the gang members were not only found guilty of murder but of narcotics trafficking, robbery, and firearms offenses as well.

Following the FBI raids, Hidalgo managed to evade arrest but was finally captured in 2011 while trying to flee the country. He was sentenced on August 17, 2016 to 27 years in prison for his role in four murders and seven attempted murders. Like his fellow gang members, he was also convicted under the RICO conspiracy and for discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

“Using an enterprise approach to take out the rival gangs, rampant gang activity in neighborhoods on the West Side has diminished considerably.”

Adam S. Cohen, special agent in charge, FBI Buffalo

“Using an enterprise approach to take out the rival gangs, rampant gang activity in neighborhoods on the West Side has diminished considerably,” said Adam S. Cohen, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Field Office. “The people living there feel safe in their homes, and now enjoy the quiet, once-familiar neighborhoods that decades ago built Buffalo’s historic West Side.”

Source: FBI

Agenda Announced for Illinois State Board of Education Video Conference Meeting Nov. 18

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  Public hearing on ISBE budget planning to follow board meeting    


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the schedule for its regular business meeting via video conference in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 18.   

A public budget hearing will follow the Board’s regular business meeting in the same room and begin at approximately 1 p.m. Board member Curt Bradshaw, chair of the ISBE Finance and Audit Committee, will host the budget hearing. The feedback collected will inform the fiscal year 2018 budget recommendations ISBE will make to the General Assembly in January. Another public budget hearing is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Granite City.

All State Board of Education meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Superintendent’s office no later than the day prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education by phone at (217) 782-2221, TTY/TDD at (217) 782-1900, or fax at (217) 785-3972. 


Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.


State Board of Education Meeting

9 a.m. Nov. 18, 2016


James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Rm. 503, Chicago

This meeting will be audio cast on the internet at www.isbe.net.



I.      Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means                         

II.    Public Participation

III.   College and Career Readiness Framework for the 21st Century Learner

IV.  Superintendent’s Report

     Consent Agenda

A.   *Approval of Minutes

       1. Plenary Minutes: October 20, 2016

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 1 (Public School Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) (Global Scholar)

2. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

(Competency Pilot)

       C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)

(Competency Pilot)

2. Part 650 (Charter Schools) 

3. Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) (Physical Fitness)

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Healthy Community Investment

2. Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) Assessment

3. USDA Foods Warehousing and Distribution

4. Education Purchasing Program

End of Consent Agenda

E. Capital Needs Assessment Biennial Report

V.    Discussion Items

       A. District Oversight Update

       B. Legislative Update

       C. Budget Update

       D. Every Student Succeeds Act Update

       E. Other Items for Discussion

VI.  Announcements & Reports                                   

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

C. Member Reports

VII. Information Items

       A. ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at


VIII.        Closed Session

IX.  Adjourn

Music Can Be A Major Key To Therapeutic Healing

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From: News and Experts

Music plays a significant role in nearly everyone’s life, but for some people it represents much more than an invitation to dance or a soundtrack for the morning commute.

Researchers have found that music therapy provides a diversion from negative feelings and helps manage the pain of not only adults, but of children with developmental, physical, behavioral, and neurological disabilities.

It also increases range of motion and motor skills, and in some cases is a replacement for medication. In short, its therapeutic uses are many.

“Music is invaluable to people with special needs, allowing them to express themselves non-verbally,” says Travis Perry, a music teacher for more than 35 years and inventor of ChordBuddy (www.chordbuddy.com), a device that makes guitar-learning easier for anyone – including those with disabilities.

“Veterans can use music to help cope with PTSD as well as other physical injuries. Senior citizens can learn to play the guitar, which helps build hand strength.”

One recent study showed that music therapy can even help children cope with routine immunizations, making them less stressed – and their parents less stressed as well.

While music therapy is known to be fruitful for the person needing therapy, the results also can be a gratifying for the teacher. Perry says he’s found it especially satisfying to teach the guitar to autistic children, who can be challenging but ultimately rewarding pupils.

In fact, a small number of people with autism are musical savants, according to the American Music Therapy Association, but all benefit from music therapy interventions to enhance their social, communicative and motor skills, among other needs.

Generally, children with autism aren’t able to make what would be considered a pleasing sound on the guitar without some assistance. Perry uses his invention to help them. Instead of positioning their hand into the correct chord positions – often tricky for even able-bodied learners – they can just press a tab that results in a clear, strong chord sound.

Perry, who has appeared on the popular TV show Shark Tank, didn’t actually have music therapy or people with special needs in mind when he invented ChordBuddy. He was trying to help his daughter learn to play and her frustration became his inspiration.

“When learning an instrument, it’s important to have success right away, and that can be difficult to do with the guitar,” Perry says. “Most people give up within the first couple of months and the guitar ends up in a closet. That’s why I’m so excited when I know I’ve been able to help a special-needs child, a veteran with PTSD or a senior citizen with arthritis make music.

“You realize the odds they’ve had to overcome, both with the usual hurdles to learning and their personal difficulties, and that’s very fulfilling to me.”

About Travis Perry

Travis Perry has been a music teacher for more than 35 years and is the inventor of ChordBuddy (www.chordbuddy.com). His invention was showcased on ABC’s Shark Tank.  He regularly makes appearances and speaking engagements at schools, and donated his invention to various charities including The Wounded Warriors Project.


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