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“Chicago is Becoming Whiter and Whiter”

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Probation Challenge’s Interview with Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Governor

 

CHICAGO IL –  Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate, recently visited the Probation Challenge Studio, where the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, conducted a heart-winching interview before a live audience.

Chris Kennedy, 53, eighth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, began his dialog with history concerning grandparents Joe and Rose Kennedy, his wife and children, and then told of his uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy. He also spoke of his uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy, who served as former U.S. Senator/64th U.S. Attorney General. Both father and uncle were shot and killed at the hands of an assassin’s bullet. John and Robert were best known for their advocacy in the Civil Rights Movement.

Bailey vigorously questioned Kennedy about: Education, Incarceration, Jobs and Violence, and without hesitation, Kennedy approached each category with the confidence that existing problems in the state of Illinois could and would be fixed once in office. He additionally spoke of Chicago’s problems.

Kennedy, admonished Chicago youth to not hold on to the presupposition that their vote doesn’t count! He explained that youth have been conditioned to believe a false philosophy… by those who benefit accordingly.

When asked why he was aspiring for the Illinois Governor’s seat, Kennedy responded, “I am running because I love Illinois and believe it can once again be a place where we can raise our families and find opportunity, but our state is broken and it must be fixed.

I’ve seen the possibilities and potential of this State from so many vantage points. I cannot sit back and watch as State Government stands in the way of what’s possible. It’s time to restore the American Dream to the people of Illinois.”

Rev. Harold Bailey, said that “Not many running for office or seated officials’ will admit to that which Kennedy has proclaimed.” Bailey was referring to Kennedy’s remarks that the “City of Chicago is becoming “whiter and whiter.” Kennedy without fear of repercussion explained his assertions. His accusations may be viewed on the PCC Network.

Bailey’s love for youth has caused him to not to sit on the seat of doing nothing, but rather to assist in saving African American and Hispanic men and women from the perils of what he calls ‘The Pit-of-Hell’ … which he said are the proposed jails and prisons.

The Christopher George Kennedy Interview May be Viewed at:

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network – 24/7 and On-Demand.

Who Is Christopher George Kennedy?

Kennedy is chairman of the Kennedy family investment firm Joseph P Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, he was on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Community Trust, and he has been a board member of the Catholic Theological Union, Interface, Inc. and Knoll Inc. He is a member of the mutual fund board of trustees for Ariel Investments.

Kennedy moved from Boston to Decatur to work for Archer Daniels Midland in the 80’s, and has spent his life working around issues of hunger, whether as the chairman of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, or now helping to run the non-profit he and his wife founded, Top Box Foods.

Kennedy was the president of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties, is the largest commercial building in the world, serving as both a luxury wholesale design center and one of the leading international business locations in Chicago. The Mart spans two city blocks and rises twenty-five stories for a total of 4.2 million square feet. Three million people come through the Mart each year to visit its retail shops, permanent showrooms, and office space as well as attend the numerous trade, consumer and community events hosted there.

The Public is invited to view this serious interview between Christopher George Kennedy and the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge. The Network allowed no stone to be left unturned! Raw unadulterated truth was presented, and now Bailey is trusting that youth will hear and adhere to sound judgement.

  • Contact Person: Rev. Harold E. Bailey at: MRHEB@AOL.com Telephone: 773-978-3706
  • To view the Kennedy Interview go to: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org 24/7 and On- Demand

Black Boys Abused at Florida School Want Compensation

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Black men who were used as modern day slaves, abused, and raped at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School want compensation and reparations


Antoinette Harrell & Johnny Lee Gaddy Researching at the Florida State Archives

Kentwood, LA (BlackNews.com) — Peonage Researcher and Peonage Detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in the state operated school campus.

The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier for Boys was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna, from January 1, 1900, to June 30, 2011. According the Harrell’s peonage research, the average daily population by month showed that there were more black boys at the school than white boys. The school remained segregated until 1967.

Between the years 1903 and 1913, six legislative investigative committees were formed to investigate the school and found that children as young as five years were shackled with irons and chains, children were hired out for labor and unjustly beatings. In the early years of the school the boys were hired out to work along with the State of Florida convicts and forced to work with hardened criminals.

They were hired out to pick cotton on surrounding farms. In 1906, the school built a brick-making machine, which could produce 20,000 bricks per day. The students made enough bricks to sell to the residents of Marianna. Other produce and lumber was sold to people throughout the Marianna community.

In the year of 1966, the school made $127,030.30, from the boys labor. The general farm produce report can be found in the Florida State Archives. Every division was reported monthly; dairy, poultry, produce, livestock, lumber and, swine can be found in these monthly reports. This is just two items pulled from the Farm Transfer and Sales Reports on February 1963; 10,300 feet of lumber sold for $669.50. From the poultry report, 3,180 dozen of eggs valued at $1,304.12 was sold. In 1966, the school made a total of $127,030.30.

The school’s sawmill was capable of turning out 5,000 feet of lumber a day. The lumber will be used in minor construction and repairs at the school, as quoted by Mr. Mitchell in the 1957 Yellow Jacket newspaper. “I saw the trucks coming in and out to pick the lumber. We stacked the lumber on the trucks and they left,” said Gaddy. Harrell asked Johnny Lee Gaddy a former student at the school in 1957, if he knew the names of the trucking companies, he told Harrell that he did not know the names.

At the age of twelve, Gaddy was driving a tractor with logs to the sawmill. He stated that black boys as young as six and seven years old were cutting heavy lumber such as 2×4 and so forth. Once the boys cut the logs, Gaddy would haul the log to the sawmill for the black boys to cut into lumber. Gaddy saw the trucks and trailers coming in to pick up the lumber once it was processed.

Harrell interviewed Robert Straley, a 70 year old white male who was sent to the reform school in 1963 at the age of thirteen, he was and release in 1964. Straley informed Harrell that he worked in the hospital as a hospital boy. He said he considers himself lucky to get the job considering he wasn’t working in the sun doing all labor work with concrete, brick and mortal work, and carpentry. “I helped the doctor with take stool and urine samples, the nurse would give me the needle over the counter and I would give the white boys shots,” said Straley.

“The black boys did the most of the farm work said,” said Straley. Most of the white boys had access to hospital jobs, carpentry, auto repair, paint shops, and electronic.

Harrell hopes that Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg and Rep. Tracy Davis, D-Jacksonville reviews the records that indicate the amount of money that was made off the sweat and labor of the boys. During the operation of the reform school millions of dollars were made from the livestock that the boys raised and slaughtered, sugar cane cut and process to make cane syrup, timber they cut and processed into lumber, agricultural they planted and harvest.

Harrell will write a letter to Sen. Darryl Rouson and Rep Tracy Davis asking them to review the annual financial records of the produce, livestock, timber, and poultry, dairy of the school before any compensation agreement is made.

Rouson will sponsor a bill to give money to more than 400 black and white men who are now seniors, who said they were beaten and sexually abused. Several black men had stated that were used as modern day slaves at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier for boys. Rep Tracy Davis, D-Jacksonville, will be the House sponsor.

“All annual financial reports and statements should be analyzed and taken into consideration before a settlement decision can be reached,” said Harrell.

Harrell can be reached at 504-858-4658 or by email at peonagedetective@gmail.com

Peonage Researcher: Antoinette Harrell & Johnny Lee Gaddy Researching at the Florida State Archives
Photo Credit: Walter Black, Sr.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine.

 

 

NAACP Condemns ‘Unite the Right’ Hate Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

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BALTIMORE –The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released this statement following the unlawful hate rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, this morning.

 

“The blatant racism on display in Charlottesville is absolutely disgusting. It’s hard to believe that in 2017 we are still plagued by so much race-based hatred. The NAACP will always stand against hate and any persons who threaten the moral right of our community,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP.

 

“These kinds of actions should come as no surprise, however. We are living under an administration that campaigned on hatred, discrimination and xenophobia. They have given permission and a platform for bigots, like the right-wing, white nationalists in Charlottesville, to thrive and spread violence.

 

“While we acknowledge and appreciate President Trump’s disavowment of the hatred which has resulted in a loss of life today, we call on the President to take the tangible step to remove Steve Bannon – a well-known white supremacist leader – from his team of advisers. Bannon serves as a symbol of white nationalism and his high place in the White House only energizes that sentiment.”

 

“We must help to bridge what divides Americans rather than widen the gap between us. In the meantime, the NAACP stands strong with our brothers and sisters in Charlottesville who are gathering, marching and singing for peace. We are and will continue to be steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred – and we are not afraid.”

 

Disadvantaged Kids May be at Higher Risk for Heart Disease Later in Life

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Journal of the American Heart Association Report

Study Highlights:

* Children from socially and economically disadvantaged families and neighborhoods appear more likely to have thicker carotid artery walls, which in middle-aged and older adults has been associated with higher risk for heart attack and stroke.

* The socioeconomic position of a child’s family was more strongly associated with thicker carotid artery walls than living in a disadvantaged neighborhood.

American Heart Association

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Children from socially and economically disadvantaged families and neighborhoods appear more likely to have thicker carotid artery walls, which in adults may indicate higher risk for heart attack and stroke in later life, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. An ultrasound test of the arteries’ inner layers, the intima and media, may detect the early development of atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries,” which underlies the development of cardiovascular disease later in life.

“We know that socioeconomically disadvantaged people are at greater risk of health problems, including more cardiovascular disease earlier in life, and we also know that atherosclerosis is a life-long process that starts in childhood,” said David P. Burgner, Ph.D., senior study author and senior research fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia. “For this study, we wanted to determine if there is an association between socioeconomic position and the thickness of the carotid artery wall in mid-childhood.”

Researchers analyzed both family and neighborhood socioeconomic position data from 1,477 Australian families. Socioeconomic measures included income, education and the occupation of parents, as well as the relative socioeconomic status of the immediate neighborhood. Between the ages of 11 and 12, the children’s right carotid artery was imaged and maximum carotid intima-media thickness measured.

The study found:

* Both family and neighborhood socioeconomic position were associated with carotid artery inner layer thickness, but the family association was stronger.

* Children whose family socioeconomic position was in the bottom fourth (most disadvantaged) at age 11-12 were 46 percent more likely to have thicker carotid measurement, i.e. above the 75th percentile.

* Socioeconomic position as early as age 2-3 years was linked to thickness in carotid artery measurements at age 11-12.


Researchers said that when they considered traditional cardiovascular risk factors, including body weight, blood pressure and exposure to second-hand smoke, their findings did not change.

“It is surprising to see that these traditional risk factors do not appear responsible for our findings,” said Richard S. Liu, M.B.B.S., lead author, resident medical officer and Ph.D. student at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. “There’s a suggestion that there may be additional factors driving this association.”

Based on their other research studies, the authors propose that infection and inflammation may be among the additional underlying factors. Infection, which leads to inflammation, is more common among those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, they noted.

“This doesn’t mean that body weight and blood pressure aren’t important — they are — but there appear to be additional factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease risk beyond the traditional factors,” Burgner said. “So, there may be multiple opportunities for early intervention to prevent cardiovascular disease.”

The authors wrote that, given the link between socioeconomic position in infancy and carotid artery measurements at mid-childhood, it may be that cardiovascular disease risk begins before a baby is born. “Reducing social inequality and poverty before birth, as well as in early childhood, is likely to have a significant impact on later cardiovascular disease,” Liu said.

“Every child needs and deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy,” said Clyde Yancy, M.D., American Heart Association past president and chief of cardiology at Northwestern University in Chicago. “Fortunately, we have the tools to improve heart health across the lifespan by ensuring every child has healthy foods to eat and safe places to be active. Community leaders need to focus on giving kids a healthy start from birth, healthy schools as they grow up, and healthy communities for families to thrive.”

Because this is an observational study, a cause-and-effect association between socioeconomic position and carotid IMT cannot be proved. It is also not yet known whether thicker carotid arteries in mid-childhood are linked to cardiovascular risk in adulthood. All study participants were Australian, which may limit application of findings to other populations.

Other co-authors are Fiona K Mensah, Ph.D.; John Carlin, Ph.D.; Ben Edwards, Ph.D.; Sarath Ranganathan, Ph.D.; Michael Cheung, M.D.; Terence Dwyer, M.D.; Richard Saffery, Ph.D.; Costan G. Magnussen, Ph.D.; Markus Juonala, Ph.D. and Melissa Wake, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.

The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Financial Markets Foundation for Children, and Victorian Deaf Education Institute.

Additional Resources:

* After Aug. 9, view the manuscript link online.
* Atherosclerosis
* Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease
* EmPoweredtoServe.org
* Blacks in all socioeconomic groups have poorer outcomes after heart attack
* AHA statement on social determinants of health
* www.voicesforhealthykids.org/everychildneeds
* Follow AHA/ASA news on Twitter @HeartNews
* For updates and new science from JAHA, follow @JAHA_AHA


Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors and do not necessarily reflect the association’s policy or position. The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their accuracy or reliability. The association receives funding primarily from individuals; foundations and corporations (including pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make donations and fund specific association programs and events. The association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and device corporations and health insurance providers are available at www.heart.org/corporatefunding.


About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information: David P. Burgner, Ph.D., and Richard S. Liu, M.B.B.S, may be reached by contacting Inga Feitsma, communications manager, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, 011-03-9936 6336 (office) or 0408 657 741 (mobile); inga.feitsma@mcri.edu.au. (Please do not publish contact information.)

NAACP Files Lawsuit Against State of Indiana for Voting Rights Violations

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The NAACP will participate as a plaintiff in case challenging Indiana’s SB 220

 BALTIMORE (August 10, 2017) – Today, the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana, its general assembly, and various election officials challenging Indiana’s SB 220 as violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In August 2017, the Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, signed into law Senate Bill 220, which requires Lake County – home to the second largest African-American population and largest Latino population in the state – to consolidate polling locations that had 600 or fewer active voters assigned to that location as of November 1, 2016. Senate Bill 220 applies only to Lake County and would not require any other county in the state to make such provisions.

Of the 522 election precincts in Lake County, more than half are at risk of consolidation that would cause:

  • An increase in the time and effort voters have to expend to determine their new polling location
  • An increase in the distance and time required to travel to new polling locations
  • A reduction in the number of precinct committee-persons in Lake County (and thereby reduce representation in local and state offices)

Precincts with heavily black and Latino populations, including Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago, would be disproportionately affected. “The intent of this bill is clear: to discriminate against black and Latino voters,” said Derrick Johnson, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP. “It was only decades ago that black Americans were regularly denied the right to the ballot box, whether they were turned away at the polls or not even permitted to register to vote. As the foremost social justice organization, we will continue to take legal action to block any malicious attempts to suppress votes of Americans of color.”

The NAACP staunchly opposes any scheme to infringe on voters’ rights, whether the tactic be Indiana Senate Bill 220 or President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. “Unlike voter fraud, voter suppression is real and rampant in 2017 America. The NAACP remains ever vigilant and ever ready to fight back,” added Johnson.

National Urban League Statement on Charlotesville

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NEW YORK  —  National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement on the violence in Charlottesville, VA:

“Horrifying expressions of white supremacy and Nazi sympathies sadly are nothing novel in the United States, even in the 21st Century.  What is shocking is that these demonstrations – with apparent deliberate fatal assaults against counter-protesters – should take place without a clear condemnation from the highest levels of government. What we are witnessing is a failure of our national institutions. We in the Urban League Movement call upon everyone with a voice on our national stage to condemn these demonstrations and these racist sentiments in the strongest possible terms. This is not who we are as a society and as a nation.”

 

Chicago Ignores Community Advocacy to Strengthen Sanctuary City Policy, Uses DOJ Lawsuit to Bolster Image

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In response to the lawsuit filed yesterday by the City of Chicago against the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the threat issued to cities that provide common-sense protections to immigrants from deportation, the Chicago Immigration Working Group, a local coalition of organizations that has been working on strengthening Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, issued the following statement:

While the Chicago Immigration Working Group supports efforts to push back against the the Trump Administration’s bullying and overreach of federal power, it is clear that the primary purpose of the lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago is not to defend the rights of undocumented Chicagoans but to preserve federal funding for the Chicago Police Department and bolster Mayor Emanuel’s national image as a champion of immigrants.

Furthermore, the City is utilizing the lawsuit against the Department of Justice as a tactic to end negotiations with community members calling to remove the discriminatory carve outs from the Welcoming City Ordinance in order to protect all Chicagoans. In an email to community organizations inquiring about the lawsuit and the City’s next steps, Seemi Choudry, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of New Americans — the office tasked with relating to the immigrant community — noted, “As for scheduling a meeting to discuss the Welcoming City Ordinance, we are not in a position to discuss amendments to the ordinance as we are now in litigation with the federal government.”

Over the past two years, immigrant rights organizations in Chicago have demanded that the City remove the categories of individuals exempted from protection under the Welcoming City Ordinance, pointing that they are overly broad and could be in violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In June, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging the City to remove the carve outs; over 50 civil rights and immigrant rights organizations have pledged support to strengthening the Welcoming City Ordinance; and thousands have signed petitions urging for the changes. However, for several months the City has cancelled meetings with advocates and stalled progress on removing the carve-outs, leaving a series of amendments to the Ordinance in Committee since February 2017.

Meanwhile, the City continues to embolden its local law enforcement to violate some individuals’ 4th Amendment rights by detaining immigrants beyond the time when they would ordinarily be released. Under the current version of the Welcoming City Ordinance, Chicago police officers are allowed to hold individuals for ICE, putting some community members at risk of deportation during their interactions with the Chicago police. The City proudly declares in the lawsuit, “undocumented individuals will be detained at the federal government’s request only when Chicago has an independent reason to believe they might pose a threat to public safety.”

However, detaining any individual without due process or probable cause is a violation of the U.S. Constitution. Jurisdictions around the country have been held liable for violating the 4th Amendment rights when collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in this way. Neither the police nor the City of Chicago has authority to hold someone for immigration enforcement without due process, even if they fall within the exemptions of the Welcoming City Ordinance.  Additionally, the carve outs in the Ordinance reinforce the Trump administration’s rhetoric that immigrants threaten our communities.

If the City of Chicago is truly serious about ensuring public safety and resisting the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, then it must take action to protect all individuals’ constitutional rights and amend the Welcoming City Ordinance to protect all Chicagoans without exceptions.

The members of the Chicago Immigration Working Group and the Campaign to Expand Sanctuary, include: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, Arab American Action Network, Chicago Community and Workers Rights, Black Youth Project 100, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos – Immigrant Worker Project, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Community Activism Law Alliance, Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America, Enlace Chicago, Hana Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Jobs with Justice – Chicago, Latino Policy Forum, Latino Union of Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Mijente, Organized Communities Against Deportations, PASO- West Suburban Action Project, Polish American Association of Chicago, SEIU-Healthcare, and the Southwest Organizing Project.

NAACP Challenges President Trump Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

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BALTIMOREThe NAACP vehemently opposes President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity as a thinly veiled attempt to suppress the votes of American citizens, especially those of color. The Commission has requested a wide range of voter data from all 50 states, as well as D.C., under the guise of curtailing fictitious widespread voter fraud. The NAACP is pursuing legal action to prevent voter information from being dispersed in a manner that does not comply with state law and that can harm hundreds of thousands of registered voters. 

Researchers have shown President Trump’s claims that three to five million fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election to be entirely unfounded. According to the Brennan Center, “most reported incidents of voter fraud are actually traceable to other sources, such as clerical errors or bad data matching practices.” With a voter impersonation fraud incident rate between 0.0003 percent and 0.0025 percent, “voter fraud [is] more rare than death by lightning.”  

The politicians that President Trump selected to lead the Commission make its voter suppression intent crystal clear. Vice President Mike Pence will serve as the Commission’s chair, and Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach, known as the “King of Voter Suppression,” will serve as vice chair. Though his claims of rampant voter fraud have been repeatedly debunked, Kobach has dedicated his career to robbing American citizens – namely people of color – of their fundamental right to vote. 

The NAACP refuses to stand idly by while those in power seek to take the country back to era of Jim Crow voting laws, and we have taken our disapproval to the courts.  

The NAACP’s Indiana State Conference, Texas State Conference, and Salt Lake City Branch have each joined lawsuits challenging their respective chief elections officers’ unlawful disclosure of voter information to Trump’s Commission. In each of these states, production of some of the types of information requested by the Commission is either limited or prohibited by state law, and in some cases, state law provides limitations on how such information can be used. Each lawsuit seeks an injunction forbidding the production of confidential voter information as part of President Trump’s unlawful scheme to rob Americans of their constitutional right to vote.

The health of our nation depends upon an inclusive democracy. The NAACP is staunchly committed to encouraging civic participation and thwarting anyone who seeks to prevent it.  

State Rep. Harper: Gov. Rauner’s Phony Education Funding Plan Robs Local Children to Reward Wealthy Schools

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CHICAGO, IL – Gov. Bruce Rauner is attempting to rewrite fair education funding legislation to favor his wealthy schools at the expense of local students, state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, said Monday:

 

 

“Our area is home to some of the most under-funded schools in the country. There’s no reason our children shouldn’t have the same opportunities as students in Bruce Rauner’s wealthy suburbs. That’s why I fought for legislation that provides fair funding to every school in the state, not just the select few. But Governor Rauner is trying to rewrite the bill to actually make the system less fair for local students and funnel even more money to his wealthy school districts.

 

 

“The state’s education funding formula isn’t working for our families, and Bruce Rauner’s plan is actually worse than the status quo. He is pitting one child against another. While my plan was a permanent guarantee of more funding for every school, his plan picks winners and losers. Within a few years, schools like ours will lose even more money, only to see it funneled to the wealthy suburban districts that Bruce Rauner and his rich friends send their children too.

 

 

“This is the clearest and most heartless indication yet that the governor simply does not care about our students.”

 

Madigan Opposes EPA’s Proposed Illegal Delay of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions

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Madigan & Coalition Say Rule Prevents Greenhouse Gas Emissions

from New Sources in Oil & Gas Sector

 

CHICAGO, IL – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined with 13 other attorneys general, the state of Colorado, and the city of Chicago to submit comments in opposition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule designed to limit new sources of methane emissions by encouraging the use of emerging technology to reduce emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.

 

The rule on new sources of methane is expected to prevent 300,000 tons of methane emissions in 2020 and 510,000 tons of methane emissions by 2025. The controls required by the rule are also expected to reduce emissions of other pollutants, including volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants. Before putting the rule in place, the EPA analyzed the costs and benefits of the rule, including the revenues from recovered natural gas that would otherwise be vented, and determined that the rule would result in a net benefit estimated at $35 million in 2020 and $170 million in 2025.

 

In the comments, Madigan and the coalition point out that the EPA’s delay of the rule is unlawful for three reasons: It exceeds the EPA’s statutory authority under the Clean Air Act; it is arbitrary and capricious; and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the delay is improper because it would achieve the result he sought in his lawsuit challenging the rule when he was the Oklahoma Attorney General.

 

“The U.S. EPA should immediately reverse course and do its job to eliminate dangerous toxic pollutants from our air,” Madigan said. “Methane pollution is a proven contributor to climate change, and I will continue to fight delays and decisions by the EPA that put the public and our environment at risk.”

 

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, warming the climate about 34 times more potently than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. The oil and natural gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions and accounts for one-third of total methane emissions in the U.S.

 

The rule on new sources of methane became effective on August 2, 2016. Shortly after it became effective, the rule was challenged in court by several industry groups. Several states, including Illinois, led by Attorney General Madigan, intervened in the case to defend the rule. On June 5, 2017, President Donald Trump’s EPA issued its first three-month delay of the methane new source rule without giving notice or taking comments, arguing that the industry’s challenges raised new issues that were not addressed during the rulemaking process. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals promptly found that the delay was unlawful and terminated it. On June 16, 2017, the EPA published for notice and comment two additional proposed delays, totaling 27 months.

 

Joining Madigan in submitting the comments were the attorneys general of California, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The State of Colorado and the City of Chicago also joined in submitting the comments. A copy of the comments can be found here.

 

 

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