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Archive for February 1st, 2017

National Urban League Urges Thorough Review of President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee’s Record

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Morial: Gorsuch’s Record “Troubling”

 

NEW YORK (January 31, 2017) — National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial tonight urged a thorough review of the judicial record and public statements of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Morial said he was concerned about Gorsuch’s apparent judicial extremism and criticism of those who have sought advancement of individual rights through the courts.

Morial said he was especially alarmed by Gorsuch’s ruling in an excessive force claim in which a police used a stun gun to kill a young man suspected of growing marijuana. Gorsuch said the use of force was justified even though “the crime of which he was suspected was not itself a violent one, he was likely to be apprehended eventually and he hadn’t harmed anyone yet.”

Morial also noted Gorsuch has consistently ruled against the rights of workers and consumers who were harmed by employers and corporations, and against disabled students pursuing their right to a meaningful education.

The National Urban League will conduct its own thorough review of Gorsuch’s record, he said.

Day 5 of Resistance to Trump’s Executive Orders: Press Conference and Protest Today at Chicago’s Department of Homeland Security

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From: Arab American Action Network

 

Wednesday, February 1st #NoMuslimBan #Not1More #RealSanctuary 

Mexican Consulate confirms that Mexican travelers are also being held for more stringent questioning at customs. 

CHICAGO, IL – This past weekend, thousands of members of Chicago’s immigrant communities and their supporters descended on O’Hare airport for two consecutive nights, calling for the release of Arabs, Africans, and/or Muslims who were being detained at the airport in response to Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday.  That order effectively bans ALL refugees, plus citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan (including legal residents of the United States with green cards), from entering the country. The orders were enacted while many refugee families were in transit to the United States.

 

A Press conference and protest in response to the Trump Administration’s executive orders signed last week that threatens federal funding to sanctuary cities; and effectively bans all refugees, plus citizens of seven Arab, African, or Muslim countries, from entering the U.S., will be held   outside the Department of Homeland Security, 525 W. Van Buren Street, downtown Chicago, at 4:30 p.m.

FACEBOOK EVENT: facebook.com/events/1871082143124131

Federal judges in Brooklyn and other districts ruled for a stay of the executive order, rejecting the policy as unconstitutional, but Trump’s Department of Homeland Security has ignored the federal injunction and continues to detain.

Channel 5 News in Chicago has reported that the individuals in secondary detention are being asked a series of questions related to their faith and political beliefs, including “Do you hate the United States?” “What do you think about Trump?” and “Where is the mosque in which you pray?”  In addition, there are reports confirmed by the Mexican Consulate that non-U.S. citizen Mexican travelers are also facing increased scrutiny and questioning.

On Wednesday, February 1st, outside the offices of the Department of Homeland Security in Chicago, thousands again will take to the streets calling on Trump to rescind his executive order, for the release of all detainees in Chicago and across the country, for the city to remove the deportation and other carve outs from its Welcoming City ordinance, for an end to the criminalization of Black and other people of color, and for an end to all detentions and deportations.

Conveners and supporters: Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United African Organization, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, PASO-West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Teachers Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Arab American Family Services, Syrian Action Network, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, United Working Families, Fight for 15-Chicago, elected and appointed officials, and many other advocacy, immigrant rights, and legal groups.

For more information, contact: Hatem Abudayyeh @ 773 301-4108

 

 

Speaker Madigan Directs Revenue Committee to Prioritize Reinstatement of Economic Development Tax Credit

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, is directing the House Revenue committee to take up a Democratic Caucus proposal to reinstate a key tax credit for employers who create jobs in Illinois.

 

In a letter to state Rep. Michael Zalewski, chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, Madigan requested the panel begin work to reinstate the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) Tax Credit, a key component of the Democratic Caucus’ economic growth agenda.

 

“House Democrats know that Illinois must take serious steps to improve the business climate and create job opportunities, and we continue working on a reform agenda that promotes job growth without disadvantaging the people who work in those jobs every day,” Madigan said. “Businesses deserve the certainty of knowing that the state will stand with them as they work to create new jobs here in Illinois. By investing in businesses that invest in Illinois, the EDGE Tax Credit is essential to improving our business climate.”

 

The EDGE Tax Credit provides an incentive for employers who create a significant number of jobs in Illinois. The renewal of the tax credit was recently cited by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce as a key reform Illinois could undertake to help revitalize the economy.

 

“The House Democratic Caucus believes that it is possible to provide good jobs for working families while also passing policies that help businesses grow,” Madigan said. “These ideas are not mutually exclusive; in fact they’re both critical to the future of our state.”

 

Madigan Announces $5 Million Settlement With Western Union

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Attorneys General Resolve Investigation into Western Union’s Wire Transfer Service & Require New Anti-Fraud Program to Protect Consumers

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $5 million settlement with The Western Union Company (Western Union) over a multistate investigation into its wire transfer service that led consumers across the country to wire money to con artists.

 

The settlement resolves an investigation by Madigan and 49 other state attorneys general into the Colorado-based Western Union after receiving complaints from consumers who used the company to wire money to scam artists seeking to defraud consumers.

 

In addition to this settlement, Western Union previously settled claims related to fraud-induced transfers with the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. As part of those related settlements, Western Union agreed to pay $586 million to a fund that the Department of Justice will administer to provide refunds to victims of fraud-induced wire transfers nationwide. Of the $586 million, it is estimated that as much as $20 million could go to fraud victims in Illinois. Information about refund eligibility and the application process will made be available by the Department of Justice at www.justice.gov/criminal-mlars/remission. Illinois will also receive nearly $240,000 under today’s settlement.

 

“Far too many people have fallen prey to con artists then lost thousands of dollars wired through Western Union,” Madigan said. “Do not respond to requests to wire money upfront in order to claim a foreign lottery prize, pay bail for your grandchild or overdue taxes to the IRS. These solicitations are a red flag to contact my office, your relatives or a government agency directly if you have any belief that the claim is legitimate.”

 

The settlement requires Western Union to establish a comprehensive anti-fraud program designed to help detect and prevent money from being wired by consumers to scam artists.

 

That anti-fraud program, which Western Union has agreed to evaluate and update as warranted, must include:

  • Anti-fraud warnings on forms that consumers use to wire money;
  • Mandatory and appropriate training and education for Western Union’s agents about fraud-induced wire transfers;
  • Heightened anti-fraud procedures when warranted by circumstances such as increased fraud complaints;
  • Due diligence checks on Western Union agents who process money transfers;
  • Monitoring of Western Union agent activity related to prevention of fraud-induced money transfers; and
  • Prompt and appropriate disciplinary action against Western Union agents who fail to follow required protocols concerning anti-fraud measures.

Joining Madigan in today’s settlement were attorneys general from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the District of Columbia.

 

Bureau Chief Elizabeth Blackston and Assistant Attorney General Yangsu Kim handled the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Division.

 

 

 

Better Business Bureau Alert: Restaurant.com

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is informing consumers and businesse about the marketplace conduct and complaint history of Restaurant.com, a company that sells gift certificates to restaurants in many cities nationwide.

 

Restaurant.com claims on it’s website to represent more than 20,000 different restaurants across the U.S. While the number and pattern of complaints are mostly outside of the Chicago region the business is headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, at 1500 W.Shure Dr. Ste. 200.

 

Because of their location and following the procedures set by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), all complaints that are filed against Restaurant.com are processed by the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. As one of its functions, the BBB sets standards for ethical business behavior and monitors compliance.

 

In the past three years a total of 253 complaints have been filed against the business by both individuals and businesses.A review of those complaints and allegations indicates a pattern in Restaurant.com’s marketplace conduct.

 

  • Individuals were unable to redeem gift certificates sold by Restaurant.com at the indicated restaurant locations, with many also stating they were sold these certificates for restaurants that were no longer in business by the date of attempted redemption.
  • Restaurants learned of unauthorized Restaurant.com listings and certificates when diners attempted to redeem the certificates; causing, in some cases, the restaurant to either forfeit the value on the certificates or find an alternate agreement with the individuals.

 

Some of the specific allegations made by the complainants are: (Others also willing to talk to the media) 

 

  1. Harris of Chicago filed this complaint – “I purchased certificates from restaurant.com from online through an email I received from my workplace for meal deals on 3/25/15. Pepes [sic] Restaurant was the first certificate I attempted to us [sic] which was one of eight certificates purchased, after sitting and eating with my family the bill was brought to us and I presented my certificate for $25 the waitress explained that they did not accept the certificates even though the certificate was especially for that restaurant. I called restaurant.com to explain the issue and all they could tell me was that the restaurant was definitely still in contract and should have accepted the certificate, they offered to refund the money paid for the certificate but had no answers for the actual $60 in cash that I had to come off of to pay the waitress the bill in its entirety.”

 

  1. Armstead, owns a restaurant in Brooklyn, NY – “I was alerted that our restaurant is being advertised on Restaurant.com without our knowledge or permission. The company is offering discount coupons for our products that we do not accept. I asked the sales rep to remove our listing from their website. This has not been done.”

 

  1. Trefethen, lives in Wells, ME – “I bought a number of discounted certificates for a number [of] particular restaurants only to find out the restaurants did not participate in the discount. When I tried to get my money back [I] was only given the option of choosing another restaurant not to get [my] money back. We live where there are not a lot of restaurants that participate so the options were not anything I wanted to pick from. Just want [my] money back”

 

Colton, CA resident, A. High states – “Purchased a gift card for $35.00 for $200.00 [worth] of food. 15 restaurants in my area haven’t even heard of the business and doesn’t know how they got their business on the website. The gift cards are not valid anywhere ask [sic] for [a] refund and [they] would not [give my] money back.”

Of the 245complaints filed 57were received in the last 12 months. The company has addressed the issues in the majority of those complaints; however, there are six that remain unresolved by the company.

Currently, on the BBB website, the company has a “No Rating” designation due to the BBB’s ongoing review of the business.

 

BBB president and CEO Steve J. Bernas, states “In our internal investigation of 20 restaurants in the Chicagoland area we found 13 who are participating with Restaurant.com; and six that claim they were not aware they were listed and do not accept coupons from the business. The remaining restaurant is no longer in business but is still on the company’s website.”

 

In response to the BBB’s initial letter, sent October 5, 2015, informing Restaurant.com of its concerns, on October 14, 2015 the business provided the BBB with steps they planned to take to improve their business practices. A second review on April 15, 2016, found the type and number of complaints had not diminished or changed in nature. On April 18, 2016, Restaurant.com was notified by U.S. Mail and email letter that we considered it a failure to alleviate the pattern of complaints present. Restaurant.com did not respond to that notification.

 

The BBB suggests that prior to purchasing any certificates from Restaurant.com, consumers contact the specific chain or restaurant you will be visiting and verify that they are a participating business, will accept Restaurant.com coupons or certificates and will also accept its terms and conditions.

 

Special lead investigative credit: Alexandra Corro, Investigations Analyst, Better Business Bureau Chicago and Northern Illinois.

 

Atlanta Community Activist Encourages the NFL to Open up the Georgia Dome for the Super Bowl to Unite Football Fans of All Races and Cultures

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Orrin C. Hudson, founder of Be Someone, believes that sports is a powerful element that can dissolve a lot of the racial tension that exists in the United States in the post-Trump era. 
Orrin Hudson

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Atlantas own Orrin Checkmate Hudson is using the enthusiasm that is a part of his every day game plan to teach young people the game of chess and to make the right moves in their lives, to encourage the NFL to open the Georgia Dome for one last football celebration Sunday, February 5, when the Atlanta Falcons will battle the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Hudson is the founder of Be Someone, Inc., an organization that uses the game of chess to teach young people how to make the right moves in life.

What a wonderful opportunity we have to exhibit community spirit, said the one-time at-risk young person who turned his life around thanks to the game of chess, and the NFL, that advertises their community support across the country, can make a statement right here, right now. Hudson, who teaches at-risk youngsters they can be anything if they use their minds and make strategic moves in their lives, says there is a golden opportunity provided by the Super Bowl.

We have so many differences in our country and community – racial, political, class that constantly tear us apart, Hudson stressed. But sports is color blind! Did you see the Dome?, he asks. People of all colors and persuasions were one during that game. People were high fiving and hugging strangers. We werent black and white and brown…. We were all red and black. For a few hours and now a few days we are united by a team, a football team!

Hudson continued his plea. The NFL will generate more goodwill than they can ever imagine if they show some heart and allow our beloved Dome to open its doors one last time for football at its very best. The world will join us as we dance together in the city too busy to hate.

The 3-time world speed chess champion believes in making opportunity and then capitalizing on it. His message to young people is simple… Heads up, pants up, grades up, and now, Rise Up!

For more details about Orrin Hudson or his Be Someone organization, visit www.BeSomeone.org

Watch the YouTube video below:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN-EmaRiix4

 

FDA Approves Plastic Surgery Breakthrough For People Of Color

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Finally… A Face Lift Alternative For People Of Color!

Plastic surgery among minorities is skyrocketing 10% per year.

 

Surveys show more African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans are seeking larger breasts, refined noses, and tighter eyelids than ever before.

 

But there’s one procedure most people of color won’t risk: a face lift.

 

“The danger is creating a keloid,” says facial plastic surgeon Dr. Anil Shah. Keloids are ugly red raised scars that can grow worse with each passing month. They’re unpredictable, very difficult to remove, and can result even after minor surgery.

 

Dr. Shah says, “Keloids are notorious for occurring after a minilift, also called a LiteLift. That procedure puts more tension on sutures. The skin stretches out and heavy scarring moves in.”

The outcome is so disastrous many experts advise people of color to avoid face lifts entirely.

 

But now a new minimally invasive procedure allows the country’s 100 million people of color to get many of the benefits of a face lift for the first time.

 

“The FDA has just approved the world’s most advanced treatment for loose facial and neck skin,” says Dr. Shah. “It’s a huge development for anyone with darker skin. They finally have access to an effective face lift alternative.” The board certified facial plastic surgeon practices in Chicago and is affiliated with the University of Chicago.

 

The new technology allows facial plastic surgeons to safely apply heat just under the skin for the first time. The result predictably melts underlying fat and tightens the skin above without burning it.

 

Studies show the new procedure instantly tightens the skin by 40%. “It’s quite amazing,” says Dr. Shah. “You see the facial skin tighten by the end of the procedure!”  The University of Chicago affiliated facial plastic surgeon is the first locally certified to use the treatment.

 

The half hour office procedure is done under local anesthesia and doesn’t require sutures. Dr. Shah inserts a 4” handheld cannula just one-fourteenth inch in diameter under the skin. The cannula’s tip emits computer-controlled thermal energy. A sensor hovering just above the skin constantly measures the tip’s temperature and energy.  The device’s specific frequencies simultaneously destroy nearby fat and tighten the skin’s collagen.

 

Patients experience swelling for 3-4 days that gradually subsides. Then over the next six weeks to three months, their face continues to look younger by the day.

 

Dr. Shah says, “Since there’s no danger of burning and no suture scars, there’s no risk of developing keloids.”

 

He continues, “Until now all I could offer patients of color was injectables or surface treatments. But those produce far less dramatic, far more temporary results.

 

Results from the new procedure, called FaceTite, last about five years. That also makes the procedure the best financial value for patients. Dr. Shah says, “I tell patients they’ll look up to a decade younger for about five years…that’s about $1000 per year.”

 

Costs are further reduced because the facial plastic surgeon can choose to tighten only specific areas such as the lower eyes, brow, cheek, or neck.

 

Dr. Shah says the best minority candidates for the procedure are men and women in their 30’s or 40’s with minimal skin laxity. However, he says many older patients have also benefitted from the new procedure. He says, “A 70-year-old may say she wants to look 65. She doesn’t want a radical transformation; simply to look better for her age.”

 

Dr. Shah says, “People of color, like everyone else, want to look younger. Now for the first we can finally give them the equal opportunity to accomplish just that.”

For more information contact:Anil R. Shah M.D @ 312-944-0117

Michael Breen M.D., @ 312-321-6911

 

Gospel Singer Sentenced for $4 Million Money Laundering Conspiracy

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jacqueline Green-Morris, 41, of Woodbridge, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for her role in a money laundering conspiracy which resulted in a loss of $4.1 million.

Green-Morris pleaded guilty on Aug. 30, 2016. According to court documents, Green-Morris was employed as a Quality Analyst/Training Manager for a federal government contractor based in Virginia. As part of her duties, Green-Morris paid invoices submitted by outside vendors for employee training and testing. In 2012, Green-Morris conspired with Amit Chaudhry, owner of an Ashburn based business, to submit inflated and fraudulent invoices for payment of information technology training and professional certification courses that were never provided. Green-Morris and the co-conspirator also created numerous “shell” companies and opened bank accounts in the names of the “shell” companies to facilitate the movement of the proceeds of the fraudulent payments through PayPal. Green-Morris used additional bank accounts held in the names of various entities she controlled, including Jacquie Green Music LLC and Sweet Lane Entertainment, companies used to facilitate her gospel singing career. The amount of loss in this case was at least $4.1 million and Green-Morris used the proceeds to purchase a home in Woodbridge, travel, gamble and purchase luxury items for herself and others.

Co-conspirator Amit Chaudhry pleaded guilty on Sept. 20, 2016, and is scheduled for sentencing on February 9.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Timothy R. Slater, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division; Thomas Holloman, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI); Clark E. Settles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington; Joseph W. Cronin, Acting Inspector in Charge of the Washington Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Christian Schurman, Acting Director of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly R. Pedersen and Katherine L. Wong prosecuted the case.

Source: FBI

People Sentenced to Life with Parole Serving Substantially Longer Prison Terms

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From: Marc Mauer
he Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project releases its latest report entitled Delaying a Second Chance: The Declining Prospects for Parole on Life Sentences by Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D. It finds that tens of thousands of people serving life sentences eligible for release are now serving longer prison terms than their counterparts in the past.

 

Over the past three decades many legislatures, governors, and parole boards have toughened lifer parole policies and practices—effectively increasing prison terms for the more than 110,000 individuals serving parole-eligible life sentences. In eight jurisdictions for which data are available since the 1980s, average time served by paroled lifers with murder convictions doubled from 11.6 years for those paroled in the 1980s to 23.2 years for those paroled between 2000 and 2013.

 

It is noteworthy that the growth in time served among people with parole-eligible life sentences is prevalent at a time of increasing bipartisan support for criminal justice reform and given criminological evidence that as people in prison age, their risk of recidivism greatly diminishes.

 

The report’s findings draw on a national survey in which 31 states and the federal government provided data for available years since 1980. A supplemental document provides overviews of lifer parole policies and outcomes in each of these jurisdictions.

I urge you to share the report with your networks and to contact Nazgol, The Sentencing Project’s Research Analyst, at nghandnoosh@sentencingproject.org with questions about the report.

Regards,

 

Marc Mauer

Rep. Welch Named Chairman of Higher Education Committee

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WESTCHESTER, IL – Continuing his efforts to improve Illinois colleges and universities, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, was recently appointed chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education.

“Our colleges, universities and their students are facing challenges like never before,” Welch said. “I’m honored to lead this committee and be a part of the process that will oversee important legislation to increase access to higher education and make it affordable. We must protect institutions and put polices in place that help our state grow economically and foster tomorrow’s leaders.”

Welch previously served as vice-chairman of the Higher Education Committee before being named chairman this year. Welch will also serve on the House Appropriations Committees for Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education. He will also serve on House Committees on Cities & Villages, Judiciary – Civil and Labor & Commerce.

“While all of the bills that will come through committees are important, we need to continue to focus on developing a long-term budget for the state that protects vital social services, public safety, schools and universities,” Welch said. “We need a new approach to funding Illinois schools at all levels. During the time without a state budget, students and families are looking at colleges outside Illinois due to the rising cost, and that’s not the message we want to keep sending. I am ready to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make college more affordable and accessible in Illinois.”

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