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“We Will Stand Up to Racist Mob Threats in Mt. Greenwood”: Press Conference Today

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“We Will Stand Up to Racist Mob Threats in Mt. Greenwood”
November 5, Joshua Beal, a Black man, was shot and killed by an off-duty cop while driving from his cousin’s funeral. Within hours, hundreds of white residents of Mount Greenwood, where the killing took place, amassed with baseball bats, shouting racist epithets and chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump!” at the grieving family. Mt. Greenwood is a neighborhood that is almost 90% white and has a history of racism and segregation. It is home to many members of the Chicago Police Department who are required to live within city limits.
The repeated mob threats aimed at Beal’s family and anti-police-murder protesters can be seen as a flashpoint in the national struggle over what Black life will be in this country.  These events also can be seen as a flashpoint in Trump’s rising fascism. There have been many attacks on Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people speaking foreign languages and many others, all round the country, in the days since Trump’s victory. History has shown that you must go to where the attacks are the ugliest and the sharpest if you want to turn the tide of history.  This requires a united, public manifestation by all those who oppose the vicious enforcement of white supremacy.

A press conference will be held today, Thursday, November 17, at 11 a.m., outside Trump Tower, 401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago.

 

 The purpose of the press conference is to call on all people of conscience who oppose white supremacy to stand up against racist mob threats in Mt Greenwood at the protest on Sunday, Nov 20 at 111th and Kedzie.
Statement by Gregg Greer:
“We call on Chicago Civic Leaders, Faith Leadership, Social Justice Activists, and concerned citizens to follow and accept the ‘clarion call’ for November 20, 2016, 2:00 pm. More basically, Mt. Greenwood is a problem because long-term racial injustice is there. We all must constantly respond to this type of call for aid. We should never again accept the narrow, provincial ‘outside agitator’ idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”
Most Up to Date List of Endorsers of the Protest at Mt Greenwood Nov 20, 2 pm, 111th and Kedzie
Buddy Bell, Chicago
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Hank Brown, SNCC 1968, Revolution Club Chicago
Rev. Jeddidiah Brown
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Mark Clements
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*, Community Renewal Society*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Ja’Mal Green
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Freddie McGee, Father of Freddie Latice Wilson, murdered by CPD in 2007 & Cousin of Emmett Till
Nancy Michaels
Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University
Quintus AO Maximus
PHENOM, HipHop Youth Development Specialist
Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by CPD in 2011
Indigo Quashie, Chicago Children’s Choir*
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago*
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Marc K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington
& cousin of Joshua Beal
Dee Williams, Revolution Club Chicago
World Can’t Wait – Chicago
Rev Kim Ziyavo, Dorothy Day Mission*

NAACP Statement on President-elect Trump Selections for Top Advisors

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

“As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country, the NAACP is deeply disturbed by recent reports of President-elect Trump’s intention to appoint Frank Gaffney, well-known as an Islamophobic conspiracy theorist, to his transition team to guide the selection of national security advisors. The news of Gaffney’s new position follows Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, as senior advisor and chief strategist to the White House.

Both selections are troubling and incongruous with President-elect Trump’s recent calls for unity and promises to serve the interests of all Americans. Trump’s choices instead indicate a disregard for the equal protection of all citizens and grant favor and influence to a faction with unabashedly racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic views. The NAACP strongly encourages the President-elect to build a team that seeks to heal rather than aggravate the wounds of division that afflict our nation.

The announcements of President-elect Trump’s senior advisors coincided with the release of the FBI’s report on hate crimes in 2015. The FBI’s 2015 data showed a 6.8 percent increase from hate crime incidents reported to the police in 2014, including a 67 percent rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes.

The recent election season saw campaigns founded on platforms of hatred and bigotry. Therefore, it is sadly unsurprising that hate crimes – from vandalism and intimidation to church burnings reminiscent of the Jim Crow Era – have continued to rise in 2016. Since the election, the Southern Poverty Law Center received reports of more than 437 hate crimes – equal to 7.5 percent of all of the hate crime incidents reported to the FBI in all of 2015. In North Carolina, on the heels of multiple court decisions calling out the intentional disenfranchisement of black voters, one vandalized building proclaimed, “Black lives doesn’t [sic] matter and neither does your vote.”

These are the dangerous, tangible consequences of derogatory rhetoric and discriminatory policies becoming de rigueur. Trump’s appointment of Gaffney and Bannon further substantiates his most threatening campaign remarks and endorses such a surge in expressions of hate.

During this transition, there are those who say “wait and see.” Having seen these two morally disqualified appointees, the NAACP cannot wait or ignore.  The NAACP is working with our 2,200 units across the country to document and take legal and political action against the explosions of hate playing out in the public square. We will continue to monitor the new administration’s words and deeds with the utmost vigilance and fight back against any attempt to roll back hard-won civil and human rights advances.”

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House on November 22nd.

President Obama said, “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.  From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way.”

This event will be streamed live at: www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The following individuals will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five championships and the Milwaukee Bucks to another. During his career, Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 19-time NBA All-Star. Before joining the NBA, he was a star player at UCLA, leading the Bruins to three consecutive championships. In addition to his legendary basketball career, Abdul-Jabbar has been an outspoken advocate for social justice.

Elouise Cobell (posthumous)

Elouise Cobell was a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence.  She used her expertise in accounting to champion a lawsuit that resulted in a historic settlement, restoring tribal homelands to her beloved Blackfeet Nation and many other tribes, and in so doing, inspired a new generation of Native Americans to fight for the rights of others.  Cobell helped found the Native American Bank, served as director of the Native American Community Development Corporation, and inspired Native American women to seek leadership roles in their communities.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is an award-winning comedian who has hosted her popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003 with her trademarked humor, humility, and optimism. In 2003 Ellen lent her voice to a forgetful but unforgettable little fish named Dory in Finding Nemo. She reprised her role again in 2016 with the hugely successful Finding Dory. Ellen also hosted the Academy Awards twice, in 2007 and 2014. In 1997, after coming out herself, DeGeneres made TV history when her character on Ellen revealed she was a lesbian. In her work and in her life, she has been a passionate advocate for equality and fairness.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro has brought to life some of the most memorable roles in American film during a career that spans five decades. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and Martin Scorsese’s crime film Mean Streets.  He is a seven-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Oscar winner, and is also a Kennedy Center honoree.

Richard Garwin

Richard Garwin is a polymath physicist who earned a Ph.D. under Enrico Fermi at age 21 and subsequently made pioneering contributions to U.S. defense and intelligence technologies, low-temperature and nuclear physics, detection of gravitational radiation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer systems, laser printing, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation. He directed Applied Research at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Harvard University. The author of 500 technical papers and a winner of the National Medal of Science, Garwin holds 47 U.S. patents, and has advised numerous administrations.

Bill and Melinda Gates

Bill and Melinda Gates established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, the foundation focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, the mission is to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. The Gates Foundation has provided more than $36 billion in grants since its inception.

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is one of the world’s leading architects, whose works have helped define contemporary architecture. His best-known buildings include the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, Spain.

Margaret H. Hamilton

Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA’s Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company, Hamilton contributed to concepts of asynchronous software, priority scheduling and priority displays, and human-in-the-loop decision capability, which set the foundation for modern, ultra-reliable software design and engineering.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is one of the Nation’s finest actors and filmmakers. He has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role five times, and received the award for his work in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.  Those roles and countless others, including in Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, have left an indelible mark on American film. Off screen, as an advocate, Hanks has advocated for social and environmental justice, and for our veterans and their families.

Grace Hopper (posthumous)

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, known as “Amazing Grace” and “the first lady of software,” was at the forefront of computers and programming development from the 1940s through the 1980s. Hopper’s work helped make coding languages more practical and accessible, and she created the first compiler, which translates source code from one language into another.  She taught mathematics as an associate professor at Vassar College before joining the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant (junior grade) during World War II, where she became one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and began her lifelong leadership role in the field of computer science.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards; he is currently a principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.  During his career, he won six championships, five Most Valuable Player awards, and appeared in 14 All-Star games.

Maya Lin

Maya Lin is an artist and designer who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. She designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and since then has pursued a celebrated career in both art and architecture.  A committed environmentalist, Lin is currently working on a multi-sited artwork/memorial, What is Missing? bringing awareness to the planet’s loss of habitat and biodiversity.

Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels is a producer and screenwriter, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Live, which has run continuously for more than 40 years. In addition, Michaels has also produced The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and 30 Rock, among other popular, award-winning shows. He has won 13 Emmy Awards over the course of his lengthy career.

Newt Minow

Newt Minow is an attorney with a long and distinguished career in public life. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Minow served as a Supreme Court clerk and counsel to the Governor of Illinois. In 1961, President Kennedy selected Minow, then 34, to serve as Chairman of the Federal Communications Committee (FCC), where he helped shape the future of American television and was a vigorous advocate for broadcasting that promoted the public interest. In the five decades since leaving the FCC, Minow has maintained a prominent private law practice while devoting himself to numerous public and charitable causes.

Eduardo Padrón

Eduardo Padrón is the President of Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States. During his more than four decade career, President Padrón has been a national voice for access and inclusion. He has worked to ensure all students have access to high quality, affordable education. He has championed innovative teaching and learning strategies making MDC a national model of excellence.

Robert Redford

Robert Redford is an actor, director, producer, businessman, and environmentalist. In 1981, he founded the Sundance Institute to advance the work of independent filmmakers and storytellers throughout the world, including through its annual Sundance Film Festival. He has received an Academy Award for Best Director and for Lifetime Achievement.  Redford has directed or starred in numerous motion pictures, including The Candidate, All the President’s Men, Quiz Show, and A River Runs Through It.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross has had an iconic career spanning more than 50 years within the entertainment industry in music, film, television, theater, and fashion. Diana Ross is an Academy Award nominee, inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Grammy Awards highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ross was a recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors.  Diana Ross’s greatest legacy is her five wonderful children.

Vin Scully

Vin Scully is a broadcaster who, for 67 seasons, was the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.  In Southern California, where generations of fans have grown up listening to Dodger baseball, Scully’s voice is known as the “soundtrack to summer.”  In 1988, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Scully’s signature voice brought to life key moments in baseball history, including perfect games by Sandy Koufax and Don Larsen, Kirk Gibson’s home run in the 1988 World Series, and Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader.  More than five decades ago, he bought a guitar and learned how to make it talk.  Since then, the stories he has told, in lyrics and epic live concert performances, have helped shape American music and have challenged us to realize the American dream.  Springsteen is a Kennedy Center honoree and he and the E Street Band he leads have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson has performed on the stage, on television, and on the silver screen.  She has won two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award, and is known for her performances in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and The Help.  In 2013, she returned to the stage with The Trip to the Bountiful, and was awarded the Tony Award for best leading actress.  Tyson received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015.

State Senator Trotter Votes to Override Automatic Voter Registration Veto

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“Improving access to the ballot box is healthy for democracy.”  –State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago)

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Members of the Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of legislation that would make it easier for Illinois residents to register to vote. According to a report from the internet site WalletHub, Illinois ranks first in the country in voter access policies.

 

The legislation provided that people renewing their driver’s licenses would be signed up to vote automatically, unless they requested not to. Currently, people renewing their licenses have to opt into voter registration when at the DMV.

 

Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) sponsored the legislation while it was in the Senate, where it passed with a bipartisan majority of 50-7.

 

“Improving access to the ballot box is healthy for democracy,” Trotter said. “This measure not only makes it easier to vote, but it also cuts down on bureaucracy.”

 

The governor’s veto was overridden by a vote of 38-18. The provisions of the law will be implemented by January 1, 2018.

 

 

Election Special: View From the Ground

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At Issue: Trump and Police Reform

The U.S. Department of Justice under the administration of Donald Trump“could choose to either drop or drastically reduce the scope” of its investigation of racial bias and excess force issues in the Chicago Police Department, the Marshall Project reports. During his campaign, Trump frequently cited violence on Chicago as evidence that police need to “get tough.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he remains committed to reforming CPD, regardless of the outcome of the Justice Department investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Youtube/Boys and Girls Club of Chicago)

“A U.S. official familiar with the [Chicago] investigation said that it is ‘unlikely’ that the inquiry will wrap up before Trump is sworn in, and that once the new Justice Department leaders are in place, they could react to the investigation by deciding to take out some required reforms,” the Washington Post reported.

“The official said, though, that it was unlikely that new leadership would opt to override the results of the Chicago investigation or others that resulted in reform agreements already in place. Such inquiries are carried out by career officials rather than political appointees.”

Trump’s advocacy of “law and order” and his praise for stop-and-frisk tactics contrast sharply with the emphasis of the Obama administration, which “has strongly advocated community policing and decried strategies it considers unconstitutional or discriminatory,” according to the Associated Press.

Reform in the states

“Trump’s victory may be fatal to the unusually bipartisan campaign to reduce prison sentences, invest in rehabilitation, and otherwise render the federal justice system more humane and effective,” according to the Marshall Project. His “law-and-order entourage… constitutes a virtual counter-reform movement, favoring longer sentences, fuller prisons and militarized policing.”

Reform advocates “may well opt to turn their attention to the states, where most of America’s criminal justice is practiced, and where officials of both parties have been receptive to alternatives.”

In the same election in which Trump prevailed, voters backed criminal justice reforms in a number of states, endorsing ballot initiatives to reduce incarceration levels in California and Oklahoma, reform bail practices in New Mexico, and institute gun control measures in California, Nevada, and Washington, the Marshall Project reported.

In Illinois, however, growing momentum behind Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for criminal justice reform could become a victim to the state’s toxic environment, Rich Miller warned in Crain’s – especially after Rauner paid for mailers attacking a Villa Park Democrat for backing a reform bill that Rauner himself had supported and signed.

As Kim Foxx was elected Cook County State’s Attorney on a platform of criminal justice reform, candidates running on promises of reducing incarceration levels won elections as local prosecutor in Tampa, Houston, and Denver, according to the Marshall Project. And in addition to Cook County, voters in St. Louis, Atlanta and Orlando elected African Americans for the first time to serve as local prosecutors.

Sanctuary City

Meanwhile, with Trump threatening to cut off federal funding for “sanctuary cities,” two City Council members called on Gov. Rauner to declare his support of Chicago’s policies. Ald. Danny Solis (22nd) and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) called on Rauner to “stand up for Chicago.”

At a press conference Monday, Mayor Emanuel declared that Chicago “will always be a sanctuary city.”

The city’s welcoming ordinance, barring police from inquiring about individuals’ immigration status, was strengthened last month to prohibit threats and other abuse against immigrants. Ald. Carlos Rosa (35th) has called for further strengthening it, eliminating exceptions that allow CPD to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when an immigrant has an outstanding warrant, has been convicted of a felony, is a defendant in a criminal case, or is listed as a gang member in a law enforcement database.


Ald. Carlos Rosa (Darryl Holliday)

Advocacy groups “say this is about due process and equal treatment,” writes Marlen Garcia in the Sun-Times. Protections for immigrants are needed to allay fears that prevent them from reporting crimes or cooperating with police, according to advocates.

“There’s no legal definition of a sanctuary city” – and law enforcement agencies that refuse to cooperate with ICE are found in Republican as well as Democratic regions, in rural areas as well as big cities, according to the Marshall Project. Many sheriff’s departments refuse to honor ICE “detainer requests” – requests that individuals be jailed beyond their release date so ICE has time to detain them – in part to avoid lawsuits. Federal courts have ruled that the requests are legally binding, so counties that honor them may be violating individuals’ constitutional rights.

The Future of Transatlantic Relations: Op-Ed by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel

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The piece was published in German by German Daily “Wirtschaftswoche” and can be found here. The full English text of the op-ed by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel is printed below.

 

The Future of Transatlantic Relations

By President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel

 

Germany and the United States are deeply linked together: Our joint history has led us through both bright and dark chapters and resulted in the deep friendship we enjoy today. That friendship is based on our shared commitment to personal freedom and dignity, which only a vibrant democracy under the rule of law can guarantee.

 

Our countries share a joint responsibility to protect and preserve our way of life. It is in this spirit that we are working hard to ensure that international law and norms are respected around the globe – which remains a prerequisite for stability and prosperity. Our countries are committed to collective defense within the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) because we want to preserve the security of the Euro-Atlantic area as a whole. We cooperate closely in the fight against terror, including in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, because we must protect our citizens and because we will not sacrifice our way of life to the enemies of freedom. Our deep respect for human dignity compels us to provide humanitarian relief and aid for millions of refugees worldwide, because we know it is our treatment of those most vulnerable that determines the true strength of our values. And U.S.-German partnership was essential to achieving a global agreement in Paris that offers the world a framework for protecting our planet.

 

These values of democracy, justice and freedom form the foundation of our successful economies. Both Germans and Americans know that these principles are the basis for creativity and innovation which drive our economic development. And both our countries embrace the idea that the socially responsible market economy, also includes a commitment to social security, advancement opportunities, quality education for all, and an advanced and efficient infrastructure. The paths that we choose in pursuit of these goals, like how we organize our social security system or our universities, may vary, but the underlying bedrock of our shared values is strong.

 

On this firm basis of shared values, German-American economic relations are flourishing. Europe and the United States form the largest economic zone in the world, accounting for one third of global trade and almost half of the global gross domestic product. Strong German-American economic relations form an unshakeable core of this zone. Since 2015, the United States has become Germany’s most important trading partner with a trade volume of 173 billion euros, and conversely, Germany has become a cornerstone of U.S. economic relations with the European Union. Indeed, the significance of transatlantic trade is even more impressive when we look at trade between the United States and whole of the EU: the trading volume in 2015 amounted to 620 billion euros, the largest between any two partners worldwide. Behind these impressive figures are millions of companies and employees who produce these traded goods and services and whose jobs depend on them.

 

Of course, German-American relations go far beyond trade. Our companies invest to a great extent in each other’s country; they cooperate with each other in projects, joint ventures, and in investments. Germans make pilgrimages to Silicon Valley, where people practice and think about the future of the digital economy more than anywhere else. Americans thrive in Germany’s many world-class manufacturing and engineering companies, small and large. Americans and Germans learn from each other’s labor systems and study how each benefits their citizens: Americans study Germany’s remarkable labor apprenticeship system and Germans learn from how American companies benefit from the United States’ spectacular diversity.

 

The basis of such close economic relations is often the personal contact between our citizens. Our people flow across the Atlantic as students, scientists, artists, employees and tourists. Our two-way trade and investment opens new opportunities for synergies, new products, and innovations in technology. At the end of 2014, bilateral investments between Germany and the U.S. totaled $339 billion, creating high-paying jobs in both our countries.

 

Simply put: we are stronger when we work together. At a time when the global economy is evolving more quickly than at any point in human history, and the scope of global challenges has never had higher stakes, such cooperation is now more urgent than ever. Germany and the United States are spearheading this effort, including through our work in the G-20, the Presidency of which Germany will assume this December. Together in the G-20 we are working to both strengthen global growth and make it more inclusive, while also addressing pressing broad global challenges like climate change, migration, and global health security, and specific challenges like addressing excess capacity in steel and other industries. We also see great potential for successful cooperation in future-oriented areas such as the digitalization of the workplace.

 

Our shared conviction about the power of trade and investment to lift living standards prompted us to pursue the important project of establishing a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). There is no question that both German and American employers, workers, consumers, and farmers would profit from T-TIP. Negotiations started three years ago and, considering the complexity of these issues, have made solid progress. An agreement that knits our economies closer together, based on rules that reflect our shared values, would help us grow and remain globally competitive for decades to come. Today, many U.S. and European companies and employees already benefit from transatlantic trade and investments. Global markets and production chains are increasingly intertwined. We realize that decisions in one country have tangible effects in others. To meet all these challenges, we need rules that are currently being negotiated in the framework of T-TIP.

 

Today we find ourselves at a crossroads—the future is upon us, and we will never return to a pre-globalization economy. Germans and Americans we must seize the opportunity to shape globalization based on our values and our ideas. We owe it to our industries and our peoples—indeed, to the global community—to broaden and deepen our cooperation.

Are Policie Reacting Stereotypes or Responding Individuals?

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By Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr.
Police Making Arrest

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – For the last 55 years of my life before I was ever Blue I was Black. Undeniably black. While spending 30 years in law enforcement, before I was ever recognized as a Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department Justice, they saw and see a Black man.

Whether I speak to you from a perspective of a seasoned Law Enforcement Expert or an extremely proud Black Man born and raised in the 60s I must give you what is true. The truth is there are times when the police deal with the stereotype instead of the individuals. There are indeed times when those on the inside of the system must ask themselves, Are we doing what is RIGHT or what is WHITE? Conversely, there are times when the Black man lives up to the stereotype in grand fashion.

In our society we function on the rules of law. Within those rules of law there is a moral justice that circles the universe which exists or gets ignored. African American males become the victim of the stereotypes of a white culture. Whether our adornment is given at birth or dispensed over the counter, we are often stereotyped based on our pigmentation, our style and our decoration. The truth in America, while we are advancing in certain parts of our society, there are areas where we are at a standstill. Stagnate. If law enforcement would be honest, there are still some cities that fall under the good ol boy culture. As one presidential candidate called it locker room talk. This locker room talk goes far beyond gender and shows up in encounters people have with law enforcement professionals. There is a distinct culture in law enforcement. There is undeniably a culture within a culture. Many people know it exists but have no clue the depths of its impact. We know there is racism. There is unbridled hatred. Some do not how expansive it is until they become a victim of it.

As a Black man and a law enforcement expert, I understand the need for one culture. I recognize the need for law enforcement to understand the Black, the Hispanic, Islam. If you look across America to those who protect and serve, the numbers are skewed and it impacts how society is served. Go to an even higher level, federally, the numbers are even more disproportionate to the population. In order for us to change the current atmosphere between law enforcement and communities of color, we have to begin an ongoing dialogue that equips everyone with the knowledge to make sound decisions and take appropriate actions. It is essential to start the consistent training of law enforcement to manage their emotions when they come face to face with the stereotypes embedded in their minds. It is imperative that we teach children at the youngest ages in our school systems how to interact with law enforcement officers. It is the things we do not know that harm us and jeopardize our lives.

The Truth: 1. We must know the system. 2. We must prepare for the fact that the system has issues. 3. We must realize that sometimes the system reacts to the stereotype and not the individual. Moving forward armed with knowledge is the only way to disarm and alter the system.

Bobby F. Kimbrough, Jr. is a retired Senior Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the author of “Surviving the Stop“, a law enforcement analyst, security expert and keynote speaker. Contact him at bobby.kimbrough@bfk.inc.com.

 

Bipartisan Kirk, Durbin Resolution Congratulates the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

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WASHINGTON— Following the 108 year drought ending victory, U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution in the Senate to honor the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.  Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dan Coats (R-IN) joined the Illinois Senate delegation in cosponsoring the resolution.

“After 108 years it seems very fitting that our Chicago Cubs would overcome a three games to one deficit and finally Fly the W in November to bring home a World Series Championship. The resilience that Cubs fans have shown year after year exemplifies the can-do spirit of Illinois. No one deserves this championship more than the best fans in the country. Over 5 million Chicagoans came out to watch the championship parade and show their support for this one of a kind Cubs team. Congratulations to the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs, Chicago baseball fans, and to everyone involved in making this season an unforgettable one,” said Senator Kirk.

“In the early morning hours of November 3rd—in the 10th inning of the final game against the resurgent Cleveland Indians—the Chicago Cubs made the final out and won the 2016 World Series. The city of Chicago and baseball fans around the world erupted in celebration as the longest championship drought in baseball history was broken,” said Senator Durbin. “Gone are the Curse of the Billy Goat and the Omen of the Black Cat. At long last, the Chicago Cubs are back on top. Congratulations once again to the players, coaches, management, and the best fans in baseball.”

“I am proud to recognize the Cubs, who brought tremendous pride to the City of Chicago, as well as many fans in Indiana and across the country,” Senator Donnelly said.

“Like so many Cubs fans, I have been waiting for this season my entire life,” said Senator Coats. “I’ll never forget being in the stands at Wrigley Field as the Cubs celebrated winning the National League pennant. This Cubs team riveted the nation with slick fielding, a powerful lineup and a talented pitching staff. It is only fitting that we honor the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs with the Senate’s version of Flying the W.”

A video recap of Senator Kirk attending the victory parade in Chicago

Video of Senator Kirk’s congratulatory speech on the Senate floor

Full text of the resolution is included below:

Commending and congratulating the Chicago Cubs on their 2016 World Series victory

Whereas, on November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series with an 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in Game 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs came back from a 3-1 World Series deficit to win 3 thrilling games in a row and became World Series Champions for the first time in 108 years;

Whereas all 25 players on the World Series roster of the Chicago Cubs should be congratulated, including Albert Almora Jr., Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Chris Coghlan, Willson Contreras, Carl Edwards Jr., Dexter Fowler, Justin Grimm, Kyle Hendricks, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Mike Montgomery, Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, David Ross, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Pedro Strop, Travis Wood, and Ben Zobrist;

Whereas, in addition to the World Series roster, all Chicago Cubs players who contributed to the 2016 regular season should be congratulated, including Jake Buchanan, Trevor Cahill, Jeimer Candelario, Gerardo Concepcion, Tim Federowicz, Jason Hammel, Ryan Kalish, Munenori Kawasaki, Tommy La Stella, Brian Matusz, Joe Nathan, Spencer Patton, Felix Pen6a, Joel Peralta, Neil Ramirez, Clayton Richard, Joe Smith, Matt Szczur, Adam Warren, and Rob Zastryzny;

Whereas the front office, the clubhouse, and all supporting staff and team members of the Chicago Cubs should be congratulated;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs won an incredible 103 games during the regular season, which earned the team the best record in Major League Baseball;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs overcame the American League winning the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which gave the Indians home field advantage for the World Series;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs had 7 players selected to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, who should be congratulated, including Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Jake Arrieta, and Jon Lester;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs infield of Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, and Addison Russell were the first foursome to start an All-Star Game since 1963 and the second one ever;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs bounced back from a disappointing loss in the 2015 playoffs to win the National League Championship pennant for the first time since 1945;

Whereas Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler became the first African-American Chicago Cubs player to play in a World Series and went on to hit a lead-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series;

Whereas Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero hit a grand slam in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series and drove in the final, winning Chicago Cubs run in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series;

Whereas Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell tied the single-game record for runs batted in (referred to in this preamble as “RBI”) for a World Series game after he batted in 6 runs in Game 6 of the World Series, including a grand slam in the third inning;

Whereas Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross, in the final game of his 15-year Major League Baseball career, hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series;

Whereas Kyle Schwarber, after severely injuring his knee during the third game of the regular season, recovered through perseverance and determination and was added to the World Series roster, where, in one of the greatest sports comeback stories of all time, he—

(1) hit .412 and had a .500 on-base-percentage in the World Series; and

(2) following a 17-minute rain delay, ignited the 10th inning rally in Game 7 of the World Series with a lead-off single;

Whereas Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and pitcher Jon Lester were corecipients of the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award, after:

(1) Javier Baez hit .318 in the 6-game National League Championship Series, stole 2 bases, including home plate, and made a number of incredible defensive plays; and

(2) Jon Lester had a 1.38 earned run average in 2 starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the National League Championship Series, allowing just 2 runs over 13 innings and striking out 9 batters;

Whereas Chicago Cubs utility man and Eureka, Illinois, native Ben Zobrist received unanimous support for and won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, the first Chicago Cub ever to win the award, after—

(1) hitting .357 in the World Series;

(2) driving in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Game 7 with an RBI double; and

(3) leading the Chicago Cubs to an eventual World Series win;

Whereas Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Jason Heyward received Gold Glove Awards for their 2016 defensive accomplishments;

Whereas Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Jake Arrieta received Silver Slugger Awards for their 2016 offensive accomplishments;

Whereas Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant received the 2016 National League Hank Aaron Award for his offensive accomplishments and is a candidate for the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player Award after having been unanimously named the 2015 National League Rookie of the Year;

Whereas Chicago Cubs pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are candidates for the 2016 National League Cy Young Award, following pitcher Jake Arrieta having received the 2015 National League Cy Young Award;

Whereas Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is a candidate for the 2016 National League Manager of the Year Award, after having received the 2015 National League Manager of the Year Award;

Whereas Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein joined the Chicago Cubs front office in 2011 and succeeded in building a World Series Champion team;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs fell short in the 2015 National League Championship Series, fueling a determination—

(1) to return to the playoffs; and

(2) to win a World Series in 2016;

Whereas Chicago Cubs fans followed the triumphs of the 2016 season by tuning into games called by Chicago Cubs television broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies and Chicago Cubs radio broadcasters Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs played 3 excellent teams in the 2016 postseason that deserve congratulations for their achievements, including—

(1) the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series;

(2) the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series; and

(3) the Cleveland Indians in the World Series;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series since 1908, filling people in Chicago and Chicago Cubs fans everywhere with pride;

Whereas the Chicago Cubs showed extraordinary steadiness, teamwork, focus, and love of the game in proving again to be an organization of great character, determination, and heart, a reflection of the city of Chicago and the State of Illinois;

Whereas on November 4, 2016, an estimated 5,000,000 fans gathered in Chicago to fly the W flag and celebrate the Chicago Cubs victory in the largest parade and rally in United States history; and

Whereas the Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series champions: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) commends the Chicago Cubs on their

(A) 2016 World Series championship title; and

(B) outstanding performance during the 2016 Major League Baseball season;

(2) recognizes the achievements of the players, coaches, management, and support staff of the Chicago Cubs and the operations staff of Wrigley Field, the dedication and persistence of whom made victory possible;

(3) congratulates—

(A) the city of Chicago;

(B) the entire Chicagoland area;

(C) Chicago Cubs fans everywhere;

(D) the mayor of the City of Chicago, the Honorable Rahm Emanuel;

(E) Chicago Cubs Chairman, Mr. Tom Ricketts, and the Ricketts family;

(F) Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Mr. Theo Epstein;

(G) Chicago Cubs Executive Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Jed Hoyer;

(H) Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations, Mr. Crane Kenney; and

(I) Executive Vice President of Community and Government Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Mr. Michael Lufrano; and

(4) respectfully requests that the Secretary of the Senate transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to—

(A) Chicago Cubs Chairman, Mr. Tom Ricketts;

(B) Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Mr. Theo Epstein; and

(C) Chicago Cubs Manager, Mr. Joe Maddon. 

RX FOR POST ELECTION BLUES

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By Jim Smith Jr., CSP
Jim Smith, Jr

Get Ready For a Makeover – Heal the World

Anger, insult and disdain have become more prevalent than hope, harmony and togetherness this past year. Discord has been the lay of the land on both sides of the fence. Some have felt a sense of helplessness and others have acted like the end was near. So how do we begin to turn the tide and refocus?

We need to come together as a community. We need to stop bickering and start building. We need to eliminate unproductive patterns and focus on providing an amazing blueprint for our children to follow and replicate. We need to turn our obstacles into opportunities and our problems into possibilities. We need to forgive and move forward. The world is ready for a makeover! And it starts with YOU.

Five Tools to Remedy Post Election Blues:

  1. Breathe: Dedicate 30 minutes each day to just be still and exhale. During that time unplug all technology and think about what you can contribute to better yourself and community. Everyone can make a contribution to bringing about change in their own personal space.
  2. Eliminate Right-Fighting: Being right is not always right. Take responsibility and accountability for your future, but remember to eliminate red-zone thinking, responding and behavior. Build connections by seeking to understand the other persons point of view.
  3. Share: Develop (a list) and personally share with others what youre going to do to help OUR country heal. Create three columns on your list (i.e., What, How and Why). This process opens the door for collaborative efforts.
  4. Connect: Use social media to encourage others to help with the healing process.
  5. Heal: Take the Help with the Healing Challenge. For 21 consecutive days only post positive comments and pictures on social media (or create short Help with the Healing positive video messages).

Jim Mr. Energy Smith, Jr., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a lightning rod in the personal development and motivational world. As the Founder, CEO and President of Jim Smith Jr. International, he has started a personal power revolution to help individuals and organizations, around the globe, dramatically transform into the best versions of themselves. He has taken this message to 15 countries. Jim has authored three books. “The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws At You” was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He has the rare ability to walk the line between direct and encouraging. When it comes to personal empowerment, leadership, presentation and facilitation Jim helps take your skills beyond the next level. www.jimsmithjrintl.com

 

Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute

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PBS to Broadcast All-Star Concert on Feb. 10

The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert of his greatest hits.

On Nov. 15, Robinson took his first tour of the Library of Congress’ historic Thomas Jefferson Building and viewed some rare and surprising items in the Library’s vast collections. Among them was Robinson’s first song ever submitted for copyright, “I Cry.”  Registered in 1958, the song was co-written by Berry Gordy, who joined Robinson on a tour of the nation’s largest library.

During his visit, Robinson sat down at the Gershwin piano, housed in the Library’s ongoing exhibit, “Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin,” and talked about his work and the Gershwin legacy.  “The Gershwins wrote music when the song was king,” the Grammy Award-winner told Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.  “For me to even be mentioned in the same breath with the Gershwins as a songwriter is just incredible.” Robinson tearfully recalled how Gordy mentored him and helped him achieve his dream of becoming a singer and songwriter.

The Gershwin Prize winner was also feted at a dinner of well-wishers and a group of the nation’s lawmakers, who recognized Robinson for his contributions to popular music.  “Like the Gershwins, Smokey Robinson has left the American songbook much richer than it was before,” said Hayden about the iconic songwriter.  “Their legacy endures and our songbook continues to be enriched by the ever-changing tapestry of the nation’s musical genius, uniting America with music and song.”

In honor of the legendary songwriting team, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences, and inspiring new generations.  Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel and Willie Nelson.

Robinson is a master at crafting lyrics that speak to the heart and tell the human experience through the power of music. A diverse group of the world’s pre-eminent performers is paying homage to Robinson’s extraordinary gifts as a performer and songwriter—showcasing some his most memorable songs—tonight at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The concert will feature appearances by Aloe Blacc, Gallant, Berry Gordy, CeeLo Green, JoJo, Ledisi, Tegan Marie, Kip Moore, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, The Tenors and BeBe Winans. The honoree will also perform some of his favorite tunes.  The host for the evening festivities will be actor Samuel L. Jackson.

During the evening’s event, Robinson will be presented with the prize by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, U. S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. House of Representatives Chairman of the Committee on House Administration Candice S. Miller and U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress Gregg Harper.

The concert will air on PBS stations nationwide at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 10 (check local listings).  The program also will be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.  “Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize” is a co-production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Bounce, a division of AEG, and the Library of Congress.  The executive producers of the program are Dalton Delan, Carla Hayden and Michael Strunsky.

Major funding for “Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song” is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.  Additional funding is provided by The Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund and The Leonore S. Gershwin Trust for the benefit of the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, AARP and the Library of Congress James Madison Council.  Air transportation is provided by United Airlines.

Smokey Robinson is considered one of music’s greatest living lyrical poets. A rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, Robinson is considered the poet laureate of soul.  His velvet falsetto and incomparable mastery of lyrical verse have created a tapestry of hits that have transcended generations and become a mainstay in American pop music.  As a producer, record executive and visionary, Robinson helped lead a musical revolution called the Motown sound.

Robinson has released dozens of Top-40 hits and added more than 4,000 songs to his legacy songbook. His music reads like a playlist of Motown’s greatest hits—“Mickey’s Monkey” (1963), “Going to a Go-Go” (1966), “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1963), “Ooo Baby Baby” (1965), “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965), “More Love” (1967), “I Second That Emotion” (1967), “Baby, Baby Don’t Cry” (1969), “The Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder, 1970), “Cruisin’” (1979), “Being With You” (1981), “Just to See Her” and “One Heartbeat” (1987).

“The Tracks of My Tears” was named to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2007 as one of the nation’s culturally, historically or aesthetically significant sound recordings.

As a producer and songwriter, Robinson was the creative force behind many Motown classics.  “My Girl,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Get Ready,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “My Guy,” “You Beat Me to the Punch” and “Don’t Mess with Bill” are among the many hit songs that Robinson wrote for other Motown artists. He has crafted lyrics for Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and many others. His music influenced The Beatles—who recorded Robinson and the Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” in 1963—The Rolling Stones (“Going To A Go-Go”); Michael Jackson (“Who’s Loving You”) and The Supremes (“I Second That Emotion”).

About Smokey Robinson

Born in Detroit in 1940, Robinson founded the Matadors in 1954 when he was in high school.  Three years later the group added a female voice and became The Miracles, Berry Gordy’s first vocal group. The Miracles released the single “Shop Around” in 1960, which became Motown’s first million-selling hit.

Robinson’s collaboration with Gordy from day one of the Motown record label grew into a musical dynasty.  As producer, talent scout and songwriter for Motown, Robinson also served as the label’s vice president for nearly three decades.

The Miracles was the pre-eminent R&B group in the 1960s through the early 1970s, until Smokey retired from the group in 1972.  He returned as a solo performer a year later and continued to create beloved popular classics.  His 1975 album, “A Quiet Storm,” was critically acclaimed and in 1987 he won a Grammy for best R&B vocal performance for his single, “Just to See Her,” from his album, “One Heartbeat.”

His accomplishments are many.  He has received the Grammy Living Legend Award, the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, the presidential National Medal of Arts Award and the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.  He was also inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

About the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations.

In making the selection for the prize, the Librarian of Congress consulted leading members of the music and entertainment communities, as well as curators from the Library’s Music Division, American Folklife Center and Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

The Gershwin name is used in connection with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song courtesy of the families of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. GERSHWIN® is a registered trademark of Gershwin Enterprises.  More information about the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song can be found at https://www.loc.gov/about/awards-and-honors/gershwin-prize/.

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.  Explore collections, reference services and other programs and plan a visit at loc.gov, access the official site for U.S. federal legislative information at congress.gov and register creative works of authorship at copyright.gov.

 

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