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Archive for August 14th, 2017

“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.”

 

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