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Archive for March, 2017

Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination Marked by New Level of Unity Among Labor, Black Lives Matter and Immigrant Rights Groups in Chicago

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Under the rubric, “Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild,” a new Chicago coalition will host a Citywide teach-in the evening of April 4th at the headquarters of the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Event will include speeches by local activists, a tribute to Dr. King’s commitment to racial and economic justice, information on organizing in other cities and music by the hip hop duo, Rebel Diaz.

More than 30 Chicago area labor and progressive organizations have been meeting on the south side since November to map a new plan of action to resist the current climate of xenophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant sentiments. We include Arab and Muslim organizations, LGBTQIA groups, immigrant rights groups, workers centers, low wage worker organizers, youth groups, grassroots and cultural workers from various communities, labor unions, women’s groups and Black Lives Matter organizations.

  • No deportations
  • No Muslim ban
  • No racist police violence
  • Yes to workers rights, living wage jobs, unionization and the Fight for 15
  • Yes to all rights for women and LGBTQIA people in our communities

This event will build for planned actions on May Day, in coordination with others, and as a part of a nationwide united front project called “Beyond the Moment,” initiated by the Movement for Black Lives and partner groups, which marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic “Beyond Vietnam” speech where he condemned militarism and materialism and called for a “radical revolution of our values” as a nation. We will join the rally and march beginning in Union Park in Chicago on May 1 at 1:00 p.m.

All are welcome but registration is recommended: https://citywideteachin.eventbrite.com
Those interested can follow us on Facebook for more details and updates.
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NAACP Mourns The Loss of Civil Rights Activist, Historian & Former Crisis Magazine Publisher Roger Wilkins

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BALTIMORE – The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the passing of Roger Wilkins.The NAACP mourns the loss of civil rights defender Roger Wilkins.The nephew of long time NAACP executive director Roy Wilkins and former publisher of The Crisis Magazine, Roger Wilkins served in several high-profiled positions in the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, including Assistant Attorney General.“Roger was a very important member of the NAACP family and multigenerational in his impact on the continued struggle for civil and human rights, he will be missed” said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell.Born into segregation, early on Roger Wilkins felt it was his duty to help shift the dynamics for communities of color. He was truly a leader and a man of servitude. Wilkins knew what it took to craft Pulitzer-Prize winning editorials that informed and enlightened the minds of many.A well-respected intellectual, Wilkins served as intern for former NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Director, Thurgood Marshall, Jr. the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, who became a mentor for him.

“The passing of Roger Wilkins represents an incredible loss. His elegant words and the eloquence of his example in journalism, government, the academy and public service will be long remembered. He leaves behind a Renaissance body of work in civil rights. He was a self-described ‘blue chip black’ whose efforts over many decades made life better for Americans from all walks of life,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks. ”said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.

Wilkins later became one of the first African-American editorial board members for The Washington Post and New York Times. No, stranger to barriers, Wilkins gracefully overcame any obstacles in his path. The former chairman and publisher of The Crisis Publishing Company, Inc., which publishes The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, Wilkins also served as the Clarence J. Robinson professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University in Virginia.

The NAACP salutes and honors Roger Wilkins for a life well lived.

Attorney General Madigan Condemns Executive Order Seeking to Eliminate Clean Power Plan

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a coalition of 23 states, cities and counties across the country condemning today’s Executive Order on the environment that will pave the way to eliminating the Clean Power Plan.

 

The executive action directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator to conduct a review of the Clean Power Plan and directs the Department of Justice to request a stay of the D.C. Circuit case challenging the Clean Power Plan.

 

Madigan, the other attorneys general, cities and counties issued the following statement:

 

“We strongly oppose President Trump’s executive order that seeks to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.

 

Addressing our country’s largest source of carbon pollution – existing fossil fuel-burning power plants – is both required under the Clean Air Act and essential to mitigating climate change’s growing harm to our public health, environments, and economies.

 

We won’t hesitate to protect those we serve – including by aggressively opposing in court President Trump’s actions that ignore both the law and the critical importance of confronting the very real threat of climate change.” 

 

The Clean Power Plan is the culmination of a decade-long effort by partnering states, cities and the federal government to require mandatory cuts in the emissions of climate change pollution from fossil fuel burning power plants under the Clean Air Act. The Clean Power Plan, along with the companion rule applicable to new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, will control these emissions by setting limits on the amount of climate change pollution that power plants can emit. The rule for existing plants is expected to eliminate as much climate change pollution as is emitted by more than 160 million cars a year – or 70 percent of the nation’s passenger cars.

 

The U.S. EPA adopted the Clean Power Plan through a multi-year stakeholder process that drew heavily on the experience of states and utilities in reducing power plant greenhouse gas emissions. A number of states have already taken a leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by moving forward with their own programs.  These states recognize, however, that on an issue that is already costing taxpayers billions of dollars in storm response and other costs, state action alone will not be enough and strong federal actions like the Clean Power Plan are needed.

 

Madigan has long supported the Clean Power Plan and the legal actions that led to it. Most recently, she joined a broad coalition of states and localities to call on President-Elect Trump to continue the federal government’s defense of the Clean Power Plan, urging him to reject “misguided advice” to discard the Clean Power Plan.

 

In November 2015, Madigan joined a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties to intervene in defense of the Clean Power Plan against a legal challenge in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court heard oral argument for a full day in late September, and a decision is expected soon.

 

In 2003, Madigan originally joined with several other attorneys general to support the authority of the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Madigan and the other attorneys general were successful in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Massachusetts v. EPA, where the court held that greenhouse gases are indeed “pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. That historic decision set in motion the actions that the U.S. EPA has taken to incorporate carbon pollution and other greenhouse gas emissions into our regulatory system.

 

Joining Madigan in issuing today’s statement were attorneys general from: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the chief legal officers of the cities of Boulder (CO), Chicago (IL), New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), South Miami (FL), and Broward County (FL).

 

Rep. Harper Bill Helps Middle Class by Raising State Minimum Wage

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage and provide Illinois workers with an increase in income.

 

“I will not stop fighting for a livable wage until there is economic justice for workers,” said Harper. “Businesses have enjoyed significant profits over the last several decades, but workers’ wages have not increased. Increasing the minimum wage will provide workers with more economic security because they will not be forced to live paycheck to paycheck.”

 

Harper is the chief sponsor of House Bill 3159, which would increase the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15.00 an hour. Raising the minimum would help working class families climb out of poverty and grant them greater spending abilities to grow the economy. Raising the minimum wage is a part of the new economic agenda that Harper and House Democrats are fighting for to grow the economy and empower the middle class.

 

“The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation since 1969, and that is a serious problem for workers and the middle class,” said Harper. “Wages have flattened, and it is time that we give a helping hand to workers instead of padding the pockets of big corporations.”

 

 

Time to Shine a Light on Perpetrators of Ugly Political Climate

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OpEd By Barrington Salmon
As the legal battle continues over President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, his allies on the far right have become increasingly emboldened about driving their insensitive and some say “bigoted” agenda.

It is a situation that poses a threat to communities of color around the country – as well as a stark reminder of the work we must continue to do to fight against discrimination, no matter how or where it rears its head.

We can start by shining a light on a loose network of individuals and groups reportedly responsible for the ugly political climate that has enabled President Trump to target people with a wholly un-American policy that amounts to a ban on Muslims.

Case in point: the LA Times and NewsOne have both reported regarding the work of a North Carolina non-profit, Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) that casts itself as a “catalyst for charitable good” that is “dedicated to the collective strength of communities.” But that is not the whole story behind the Foundation for the Carolinas. What the group conveniently neglects is that it has also been the source of an alarming amount of funding for this network of hate.

According to the LA Times, the foundation has quietly become one of the top supporters of the groups fueling the acrimonious and dangerous debate playing out nationally over immigration policy. Over the last decade, the foundation has spent a staggering $20 million to fund this network of extreme anti-immigration groups, according to its tax records. For example, just in 2015, Numbers USA, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce U.S. immigration levels, received $3 million from the Foundation.

The foundation’s activities dovetail with the far right anti-immigration agenda of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon. They have already put in motion a plan to help Trump significantly lower the number of immigrants coming to the U.S.

We see daily the impact of the rhetoric these groups employ. These groups divide, rather than unite, us. The values they champion are at odds with the principles and ideals that have made our nation a place where people of different colors, nationalities and creeds coexist.

Now that there has been news of the FFTC’s work to support the sponsors of hate, the FFTC has sought to distance itself from these donations.  We all know the importance of money to drive these efforts.  It’s time that the FFTC put its money where its mouth is and work to leverage the collective strength of our communities rather than sow division.   

I urge you to take a few minutes and read these stories and join the effort to stop forces of discrimination that FFTC is helping unleash.  Consider calling  the Foundation for the Carolinas, attending their annual meeting  later today in Charlotte or reaching out to one of these corporate sponsors and tell them to stop supporting an organization that sponsors hate. 

As these dark forces continue to drive their agenda with the support of a sympathetic Administration in Washington, our voices and work are critical.

Barrington Salmon is a freelance journalist, specializing in political and immigration policy issues pertaining to people of color. He has published in USA Today, Voice of America, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Trice Edney News Wire.

Speaker Madigan’s Letter to Gov. Rauner Over Sale of the Thompson Center in Chicago

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Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan:

Governor Rauner:

Yesterday my staff and CMS had another productive discussion about the sale of the Thompson Center in Chicago. As you know, I have publicly acknowledged a desire to work with you on legislation authorizing the sale of the Thompson Center. Over the course of staff discussions, both your staff and mine determined the legislation proposed by Leader Durkin does not adequately plan for the sale and inadvertently interferes with the zoning authority of the City of Chicago. Your staff previously acknowledged that the legislation needed to be rewritten, and it was further conveyed, again yesterday, that legislation is not ready to move forward at this time.

Around the same time as this productive meeting, you stated publicly that I have held up the sale of the Thompson Center and that reporters should ask me why I’ve been blocking progress on this part of your agenda. With all due respect, I believe it is disingenuous of you and beneath your office to make such false statements to the media when you know or should have known that I have pledged my cooperation, that our staffs are working together on this initiative, and that we are working toward the same goal with your administration in good faith.

As you are aware, your administration included the sale of the Thompson Center in your proposed FY18 budget, with an anticipated sale price of $300 million. I have directed my staff to provide any assistance necessary so that we may pass legislation advantageous to the State of Illinois, while providing the least disruption to CTA commuters utilizing the lines that feed into the Thompson Center. I am advised CMS is in negotiations with the City on issues related to the CTA station and the casement, as well as zoning matters, and it is these discussions that have led to the stalling of the legislation, not my actions or the actions of the House.

Despite your inability to provide an accurate account of the facts or acknowledge my public and private comments, my staff will continue working cooperatively with your staff and CMS to develop a plan to maximize the ability of the State to sell the property, with a goal to passing legislation no later than May 31st.

With kindest personal regards, I remain

Sincerely Yours,

Michael J. Madigan

Speaker of the House

 

Immigration Foes Have Roots In Population Control, Report

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While eliciting boos from Democrats, Trump’s immigration orders likely elicited cheers from some deep-pocketed foes.
By Lynette Holloway

When President Donald Trump was booed Tuesday after announcing a new immigration crime office during his State of the Union address, several groups were likely celebrating the news.

Trump, who signed the executive order last month, announced plans to establish a new office to help victims of violence committed by undocumented immigrants, saying, “The office is called VOICE: Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.”

While the announcement elicited boos that echoed throughout the House Chamber, the news likely elicited cheers from a cadre of folks who appear to be foes of immigration, including NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies.

The groups, which have worked with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the past, “push for lower immigration levels, and Sessions has worked closely with them to stop legislation advancing a path to citizenship.”

But “the ideological foundation of these groups, dating from a different political era, was more about limiting population than securing the border,” Consider the words of Roy Beck, NumbersUSA Founder and president about the perils of immigration: “The key factor in immigration policy is choosing the right number of authorized immigrants for future years,” he says. “To choose a lower number does not imply anything negative about the immigrants who already are legally in this country. We’re talking about the future number that is best for both U.S.-born and foreign-born citizens.”

Although the group calls itself pro-immigrant, such language reeks of jingoisism and isolationism.

“Every government in the world has the obligation to decide what immigration number is right for the community in its care,” Beck states on the site. “My greatest concern is how the number that is chosen will affect our grandchildren’s grandchildren. Will we condemn them to live packed in a highly regimented country approaching a billion people? Or will we make it possible for them to enjoy the qualities of life we today hold the most dear?”

While most backers of these groups extol altruism, the rhetoric portends a darker message about exclusivity and membership.

The groups have deep pocketed supporters, which does not bode well for advocates of immigration, who usually represent the poor and voiceless.

The Los Angeles Times notes a major supporter of the cause is Fred Stanback Jr., a rich man from Salisbury, North Carolina, who has been a major donor to the Foundation For The Carolinas.

From 2005 to 2014, NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies received nearly $12 million from the Foundation For The Carolinas, a philanthropic group that is widely respected for its donations to church programs, homeless shelters, and museums, the newspaper reports. “Grants also went to other immigration restriction groups, like Californians for Population Stabilization, along with millions for population control and environmental groups,” the Times writes.
All of this is coming against the backdrop of President Trump’s immigration raids that are creating deep anxiety and concern in communities of color.

The question is, are deep-pocketed immigration foes hiding their intentions behind charitable donations? Let us know your thoughts in comments.

Omarosa Shocks, Angers Some NNPA Publishers as She Walks Out of ‘Black Press Week’ Breakfast

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NNPA chair calls meeting a ‘lost opportunity’ for President Trump and ‘waste of time’ for NNPA

By Hazel Trice Edney

 

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump’s director of communications for public liaison, walked out of a breakfast meeting she had requested to attend, hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Association last week after disputing the accuracy of a story written by this reporter in January.

 

The sudden move by the minister and reality star clearly shocked NNPA members and their guests in the March 23 meeting; especially since Manigault had called the chair of the historic group the night before and “asked to attend”, according to NNPA Chair Denise Rolark Barnes. Plus, during opening remarks, Manigault had praised Black journalists for historically asking “the tough questions”.

 

Manigault became agitated after this reporter asked a question following up on a story published under her byline for the Trice Edney News Wire Jan. 8. The story quoted civil rights lawyer Barbara Arnwine as stating that Manigault promised the “first interview” with Trump to NNPA President Benjamin Chavis during a Jan. 4 Trump transition team meeting with Black leaders.

 

Manigault doesn’t dispute having promised the interview. However, she was incensed because the story said she promised Chavis “the first” interview.

In context, the Jan. 8 story reports:

 

‘”Manigault’s promise of the interview was disclosed after a representative of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) stressed the importance of Black reporters interfacing with the president. Both Chavis and NABJ representatives participated in the closed door meeting held Jan. 4 at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in North West DC.

Trump aide Omarosa Manigault listens to question from reporter Hazel Trice Edney. Photo: Shevry Lassiter

‘”When NABJ said we need to make sure that somebody Black interviews the President first, [Omarosa] said, ‘Oh no.  Ben Chavis and I have already spoken and he’s going to be the first interview,'” recounted Arnwine, president/CEO of the Transformative Justice Coalition, in an interview. Arnwine said Chavis then “acknowledged that that was correct – that they had already been in touch with him about it.”‘

 

Hearing of Manigault’s denial this week, Arnwine seemed puzzled.  “It was to me a highlight. I had hoped that it really meant that African-American journalists were being repositioned into a higher priority for the incoming administration,” she said. “And I am surprised that this representation is unfortunately being dropped or not followed through. I was in the room and it was not said once. It was said twice.”

 

It is not clear whether the Trump staff recorded the meeting since it was off the record. Since the meeting, some have speculated that perhaps Manigault meant Chavis would be the first Black Press representative to interview Trump rather than the first journalist.

 

After seeing one White media reporter after another interview the President, this reporter, a former NNPA editor-in-chief invited to the breakfast by Barnes, followed up on the Jan. 8 story:

 

The first question pertains to “the promise that Ben Chavis would get the first interview with the president; then I have another question,” this reporter said after being acknowledged by Manigault.

 

Manigault strongly responded, “Ben Chavis was never promised the first interview. He was promised an interview, but not the first. And I was very surprised because we’ve always had a great working relationship, Hazel, that you wrote such a dishonest story about a closed off the record meeting that I invited NNPA to to make sure that we had a great relationship, that we started early. I was really surprised that you made that a press story because that was inaccurate. And moreover, you weren’t in the room.”

 

The publishers were in Washington observing NNPA’s annual Black Press Week, this year celebrating the 190th anniversary of the Black Press. The exchange, during a breakfast meeting at the Dupont Circle Hotel, quickly went downhill with both professionals clearly agitated.

 

“It was not inaccurate, and I have my sources right here. The question is when is the interview going to take place? That’s the question,” this reporter insisted.

 

Manigault responded, “We’ve been working for months because we have that kind of relationship…We had been working very closely to make sure that NNPA was on the front row and at the forefront of what happened. Your article did more damage to NNPA and their relationship with the White House because it’s not just me. So you attack me, they circle the wagons. So you can keep attacking me and they will continue to circle the wagons, but that does not advance the agenda of what NNPA is doing,” Manigault said. “I’m going to continue to work with Ben Chavis, who I adore, to make sure that we do what we said we were going to do. Interestingly enough, we were just talking about this privately over here. And so, if you want to make another headline or do another story about it, I think that is really not professional journalism.”

 

This reporter responded, “It’s professional journalism.”

 

Actually, the Jan. 8 story did not attack Manigault. In fact it quoted Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church as calling her a “great leader” and NAACP Vice President Hilary Shelton as saying, “I have a lot of respect for her.”

 

Chavis, in the Jan. 8 story, had made it clear that the meeting was off the record for him and the other dozens of organizational leaders in the room Jan. 4, including several non-working journalists.

 

This reporter and CNN’s Betsy Klein staked out the Jan. 4 meeting for more than three hours standing in winter weather outside the building on the sidewalk. Some organizational leaders spoke guardedly after the meeting that day while most, including Chavis, declined comment.

 

Neither Manigault – nor any of her colleagues – would speak on the record Jan. 4 and this reporter has not been able to reach Manigault for comment since. Also, until the March 23 breakfast, Manigault had said nothing to this reporter about disagreeing with the article.

At one point during the breakfast back and forth, Manigault turned to Chavis saying, “He’s right here. The source is here.”

 

This reporter said she would not divulge her sources; then asked Chavis to recount what he had “told me”. He repeated, “What I told you was it was an off the record meeting.” He told Manigault that she had promised him an interview. She stressed that she had not said “the first.”

 

This reporter’s question was not isolated as it pertained to Black Press access.

 

Stacy Brown, a reporter for the Washington Informer and NNPA contributor had actually asked the first question at the breakfast, noting Manigault’s opening words about the importance of Black Press coverage. “Just as important for us is access,” Brown stated, “What kind of access can we expect from this administration? When I say we, I’m talking about the Black Press,” Brown asked.

 

Manigault responded, “I know that [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer and the rest of the press team are working to make sure that the NNPA gets access so I think it is important that they stay engaged.”

 

Referring to President Trump’s March 22 meeting with Congressional Black Caucus leaders, Manigault said she believed the White House “had a historical number of African-American journalists covering it and given access to that particular event.”

 

But, Washington Informer photographer Shevry Lassiter, quickly responded, “Except us.” Lassiter said she was told that too many people had signed up for coverage, giving her the impression that “We were too late.”

 

When Manigault responded, “Your paper work has got to be right,” Lassiter clarified, “It was right. We got notice and sent it in; then couldn’t get in. She said they had too many,” Lassiter said, referring to a staffer.

 

“Are you bashing my young staffer?” Manigault asked. “I’m not going to let you do that. I’m not going to let you do that. I’m not going to let you do that.”

 

That exchange was just before this reporter’s question and the brouhaha that followed. When this reporter asked to move on to the second question, Manigault abruptly walked out with staffers in tow a little more than 10 minutes after arriving.

 

Publishers were aghast.

 

“Did she just walk out? Did she leave?” someone in the audience said quietly.

 

“How is she going to come in here and just walk out?” asked Chicago Crusader Publisher Dorothy Leavell, standing. The former NNPA president and NABJ Hall of Fame Inductee said, “And any other Black Press person ought to be insulted by what she did,” said Leavell. “It was totally disrespectful.”

 

A man’s voice called out, “We are insulted!”

 

“That’s how the Trump people act. This is Trumpism! This is Trumpism!” said another publisher.

 

The criticism was not just aimed at Manigault. Some in the room said this reporter was as much at fault in the way the question was posed.

 

GOP political commentator and consultant Paris Dennard, also present at the breakfast meeting, said in an interview that the question was adversarial.

 

“With all due respect to you Hazel, it came off as a bit confrontational,” Dennard said. “It came off as being a little bit on the attack.”

 

Dennard continued, “What I know is it was a priority for Omarosa to be here…I know that it was not her intention to come in and leave. No one gets up, comes to NNPA with people that she’s known and worked with to make a scene and leave. That wasn’t her intention.”

 

Barnes had given Manigault a glowing introduction, calling her a “top strategist” who helped get Trump elected.

 

“There’s so many things that I could say about Rev. Omarosa Manigault and I just want to say that some of us really do consider her a great friend. I know that she’s a supporter of NNPA. And that is why she asked to come to speak to us this morning.”

 

Chavis sought to calm the group after Manigault walked out, stating that he believes the interview is still on.

 

“Let’s collect ourselves,” he said. “It’s in our interest to have an interview with the President of the United States. And that’s what we’re trying to accomplish and I believe we will accomplish…If Omarosa can help us facilitate that engagement, I think it’s in our interest. But as journalists, I know you have to ask your questions.”

 

Barnes, clarifying that she was speaking momentarily as publisher of the Washington Informer instead of NNPA chair, concluded that Manigault’s conduct was unacceptable.  “That was totally unnecessarily. She doesn’t start a conversation saying ask the ‘tough questions’ and then run away from the tough questions…And so we’re going to have to bypass her. She’s not the only person in the White House if we want to deal with the White House.”

 

Later, in an interview speaking as NNPA chair, Barnes said: “To me, I almost feel as if we were baited…I expected a different presentation from her, which would have led us into asking a different set of questions about the issues she was going to raise and not get into this personal confrontation with a journalist. So, I’m disappointed that she didn’t – in my opinion – come in and speak on the President’s and on the administrations’ behalf about things that are important to this administration that the Black Press should be focusing on. That didn’t happen. It was a lost opportunity for the President. And it was definitely a waste of time for NNPA.”

Photo Caption: NNPA President Ben Chavis discusses prospective interview with Manigault during heated exchange.

PHOTO: Shevry Lassiter

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Offers FREE Business Workshops

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The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) offers FREE business workshops every Wednesday and Friday at City Hall, 8th Floor. To register for a workshop call 312-744-2086. You also can register by emailing BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org.

April 2017 Workshop Calendar
4/5     City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the City of Chicago
To operate a successful business in Chicago you need to know what it takes to maintain compliance. Officials from several City departments will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and highlight the do’s and don’ts of operating a business.4/7     Chicago’s New Disability Access Regulations
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance requires that Chicago businesses ensure that their facilities, products and services are available to individuals with disabilities. On July 1, 2017, new disability rights regulations passed by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations goes into effect. These regulations specify what Chicago businesses must do in order to make their goods and services accessible to people with disabilities. Matthew Lango, Deputy Commissioner of the CCHR, will give an overview of these new regulations.4/12     Cómo Empezar un Negocio (How to Start a Business)
(WORKSHOP PRESENTED IN SPANISH)
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presentado por Quiroga College
Esta presentación cubrirá los pasos para abrir un negocio en Illinois. También cubrirá sabiduría empresarial, educación financiera, mercadeo y dinámica de equipos. En este taller proporcionaremos orientación en áreas claves del negocio, incluyendo relaciones con los clientes, organización y operaciones.4/14     Ten Practical Legal Tips for Small Business Success
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC
Running a small business takes a lot of work. Often, a handful of employees fill a variety of roles, meaning that everyone has to bring serious hard work, dedication, self-motivation, and multitasking skills to the table. Amid all this, it can be easy to forget about the legal aspects of running a business. However, attending to these matters sooner rather than later is likely to save you time, stress, and expense in the long run. Join us in this workshop to learn our top 10 legal tips for small business success.4/19     Lowering Credit Card Processing Costs for Your Business
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Simon, Horizon Payments LLC
Would you like to learn how to lower an important but often overlooked cost in your business? Unfortunately, the majority of business owners do not understand what they are paying for or why when they get their credit card processing statement. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the basics of credit card processing: industry and pricing structures, interchange, line item charges, contracts, regulations, and how you can make simple changes to save your business money. Current business owners are encouraged to bring a processing statement so they can do their own analysis while new entrepreneurs will learn what to look for in a processor and equipment. Never be caught off guard by a sales call again!
4/21     Small Business Resources to Help Your Business Succeed
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Donald Pellico, Business Opportunity Specialist with the Small Business Administration (SBA)
Come learn about programs, services, and partners to help you start and grow your business. Working with SBA resource partners in Illinois, can help you start, grow and achieve business success.* 4/26     Business Licensing 101
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)
Attendees will learn the 3 steps to obtain a business license, and free business resources to start or expand their business.* 4/28     Accounting in Quickbooks
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Trak Patel, CPA, PCIP from ARCC Consulting Corp
Learn how to keep your financial recordkeeping books using QuickBooks. We will identify the differences of QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop and list the important features and benefits.*Money Smart Week is April 22- 29, and the Wednesday, April 26th and Friday, April 28th workshops are a part of this public awareness campaign. Additional events can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org
Click here to view full monthly calendar. All workshops are free and are located at the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection – City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Room 805.
Incentive to Complete the Small Business Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The PrivateBank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city’s Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program.

Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The PrivateBank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.

For more information go business workshops email BACPoutreach@CityofChicago.org or call 312.744.2086.
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
The PrivateBank Entrepreneur Loan Program With Application Requirements
5/4 Small Business Center on the Road Expo
MAY 4th SMALL BUSINESS CENTER ON THE ROAD EXPO OFFERED IN EVENING
The Small Business Center on the Road Expo will be hosting an expo in the evening for the first time.  The expo will be at 1871 at theMart (Merchandise Mart) on Thursday, May 4th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The expo is free and open to the public.
Expo details:
  • 1871 is located in theMart (Merchandise Mart) – 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
  • Great Keynote Speaker
  • FREE assistance from business consultants to begin the licensing process
  • Resources on Procurement, Financial, Insurance, Consumer information
  • Financial Advisers on hand to answer questions
  • Perfect your Elevator Pitch
  • Mini makeovers and Hair by Blown by Bocaj
  • FREE Headshot by a professional photographer to be used for your marketing/promotional materials
  • FREE Tax Clinic: One-on-One counseling sessions provided by Center for Economic Progress (CEP)
  • FREE Law Clinic: Legal advice and support provided by The Law Project
  • FREE Networking Hour: Connect and exchange ideas with likeminded entrepreneurs provided by Chicago’s Office of the City Treasurer from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • Over 40 Exhibitors
  • 2 Free Workshops (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) 
  • And much more!

Go to Small Business Center on the Road Expo for more information or to register.

“The Wendy Williams Show” is Hiring Interns for the Spring, Summer, and Fall

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The Wendy Williams Show

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – The highly popular Wendy Williams Show is looking for qualified, organized and professional interns in the New York City area who want to gain experience in television production. All applicants must be at least 18-years-old, able to receive college credit for the internship and work at least 3 days a week.

Ideal candidates will be those pursuing careers in television production. This is a professional internship opportunity for qualified candidates. Applicants must have good communication and organizational skills and a desire to learn more about television production.

Interns may choose to work in either production, creative or wardrobe. Internships are available in the spring, summer, and fall.

The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by Wendy Williams herself, premiered in 2008 as a six-week trial in select cities, but was shortly picked up for a full season and has gone on to be one of the most successful talk shows of all time.

For more details and/or to apply for the internship program, visit:
www.findinternships.com/2015/01/wendy-williams-show-internship-program_27.html

To search hundreds of other 2015 internships, visit:
www.FindInternships.com

 

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