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Civil Rights Leaders in Selma to Launch Voting Rights Initiative for People Impacted by the Criminal Justice System

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Nationwide, 100 million people have criminal records and six million are disenfranchised by state laws.

SELMA, Ala. – Thousands of people will gather in Selma this weekend March 1-4 to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” when state troopers violently attacked peaceful voting rights demonstrators crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they marched to Montgomery.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and imprisoned at the Dallas County Jail in Selma. Fifty years later, Pastor Kenneth Glasgow of nearby Dothan, Ala., will be at the Jail registering people to vote who are awaiting trial and can’t afford to bail out. Nationally a growing population of 700,000 people are in jail awaiting trial.

Glasgow and other civil rights leaders and supporters will announce the launch of a southern initiative to register hundreds of thousands of formerly and currently incarcerated people. In Alabama alone, more than 200,000 people with criminal convictions have recently had their voting rights restored due to relentless work of Glasgow and his organization. The Ordinary People Society (TOPS) during the last 15 years.

“If people are treated like citizens, they’ll begin acting like citizens,” said Glasgow who served fourteen years in prison himself and struggled to regain his voting rights through a complicated legal process that took three years.

TOPS felon voting rights work involved challenging the state’s 1901 white supremacist “moral turpitude” law designed to disenfranchise African Americans. That work included passing legislation in 2017 that finally defined the crimes of “moral turpitude” and re-enfranchised most of the 286,000 people with felonies in the state.

Press Conference details:

Who: Pastor Glasgow, The Ordinary People Society and allies including Southern Movement Assembly, Project South and People’s Action

What: Free2Vote Initiative Launch

When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018

Where: Dallas County Jail in Selma, Alabama

People with criminal records are an emerging voting block that premiered in the Special U.S. Senate election in Alabama in December when black voter turnout surged and defeated openly racist and misogynist candidate Roy Moore by 21,311 votes. Just a few weeks before the election, TOPS deployed its grassroots team of ministers and formerly incarcerated people to help register and turn out 8,221 criminal justice system-impacted voters – including many voting absentee from inside prisons and jails across the state.

People’s Action is more than a million people across 30 states working for economic, racial, gender and climate justice.

Election 2018: Another Stop on the Chisholm Trail?

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By Kelly Dittmar and Glynda Carr

Shirley Chisholm

Fifty years ago, Shirley Chisholm campaigned successfully to become the first Black woman in the U.S. Congress. Four years later, she became the first woman of color and the first African American to win delegate votes at a major party presidential convention. Throughout her presidential campaign, she attracted voters to the “Chisholm Trail” with her motto and reputation of being “unbought and unbossed.”

But Chisholm’s trailblazing didn’t end with her presidential defeat. She served in Congress for another decade and left a legacy with lasting effects to this day.

The 2018 elections will mark another stop on the Chisholm Trail, where Black women are poised to build on Chisholm’s legacy of leadership, determination, and desire to disrupt the status quo. Amidst reports of the “surge” of women running in 2018 are Black women candidates at every level, including some with the potential to make history. Perhaps most notably, 2018 could see the election of the first Black woman governor in the United States.

The potential to harness and expand Black women’s political power is not limited to candidates this year. Black women voted at the highest rates of any race and gender group in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and again in the 2017 special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. If that race is any guide, Black women voters appear mobilized to turn out in high numbers again in 2018.

But before we can measure progress for Black women in election 2018, we need to take stock of Black women’s current political power. That’s why the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) and the Higher Heights Leadership Fund teamed up again to release “The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics 2018.”

The report outlines the status of Black women in American politics today. Despite being 7.3% of the U.S. population, Black women are less than 5% of officeholders elected to statewide executive offices, Congress, and state legislatures. Black women are 5 of the mayors in the nation’s top 100 most populous cities.

Since Chisholm served as the sole Black woman in Congress, 38 Black women have served in Congress from 16 states, including 2 Black women senators. Over the same half-century, 12 Black women have been elected to statewide executive office. These numbers are small when considered within the a 50-year context, but the pace of advancement in recent years marks momentum to build upon.

Ten of the 12 Black women who have served in statewide elected executive office have held office in the past two decades. In 1990, just one Black woman served in Congress; 18 years later, that number is up to 19. In just the last 5 years, 8 Black women have been elected mayor in the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. And just this year, Sheila Oliver became the first Democratic Black woman lieutenant governor nationwide.

This momentum will only continue – and increase – with work. Black women are doing the work every day to engage their communities in the political process, to make their own voices heard, and to take their seats at the tables of governance. Organizations like Higher Heights are working to amplify those voices and hold political leaders accountable for inclusion. And, with Higher Heights, CAWP is continuing to conduct research and programs that both identify and tackle barriers to Black women’s political progress.

But the work doesn’t stop with us. Recognizing the imperative of Black women’s political inclusion is a responsibility we all share. When Chisholm was campaigning amidst war, social unrest, and crises of leadership, she argued, “At present, our country needs women’s idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else.”

Those words ring especially true today, as our country confronts significant challenges at home and abroad. In this moment, the opportunities for meeting this demand while increasing Black women’s political power, especially in elected office, are great. And we’ve got some guidance on how to do it in 2018: follow the Chisholm Trail.

Kelly Dittmar is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and CAWP Scholar, and Glynda Carr is co-founder of Higher Heights for America.

Faked Support for School Closures Underscores Why Chicago Needs an Elected, Representative School Board

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Emanuel school execs used contractors, cronies to fabricate support for closing Englewood public high schools, covering up years of chronic underfunding and neglect of school communities.


CHICAGO, IL — The following statement can be attributed to CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey:

“Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times’ story on ‘suspect support’ for closing Englewood’s neighborhood public high schools confirms what we’ve been hearing for months: that CPS has again used politically connected vendors and their cronies to fabricate phony support to shut down schools that serve Chicago’s Black and Brown students. We’re not surprised –Emanuel’s hand-picked CPS executives used paid protesters to push his racist 2013 school closures, as well. To put it bluntly, it’s more important to Emanuel to spend public dollars manufacturing fake consent than it is to invest those precious funds into improving our kids’ educations.”

“Emanuel’s contempt for Black students extends to National Teachers Academy (NTA), where three years ago he began plans to push out this low-income community of Black students to benefit South Loop real estate interests. At the same time, Emanuel has continued to undermine neighborhood schools in communities of color with deep budget cuts and chronic neglect while funneling public dollars to private charter operators who skim off millions of additional dollars to pay their own ‘management’ salaries. In Englewood alone, the mayor has cut a colossal $8.3 million from neighborhood high schools in just the last three years. The message is clear: Poor Black and Brown students don’t matter.

“It’s time to end the failed education policies that Emanuel pushes by either faking community support for school closings, as he has in Englewood, or simply refusing to listen to the appeals of Black school communities like NTA to save their schools. Yet Emanuel appoints every single member of CPS’ board of education, who rubber-stamp his racist, classist education policies. Emanuel dictates who will run CPS. His latest round of school closures and displacements mirrors his 2013 closures, where he ignored sweeping public pleas to save critical community anchors in some of our most neglected neighborhoods. Emanuel has orchestrated devastating school policies, from imposing lethal budget cuts while expanding charters and co-locations to slashing support for special education services for low-income Black and Brown children. He has appointed a series of failed CPS CEOs, two of whom have been forced to resign, although regrettably only one is serving prison time for their crimes.

“At the root of this problem is an utter lack of democracy or public accountability in our school system – a deficiency that allows Emanuel to refuse to invest in the neighborhood public schools of Black and Brown children. But Chicagoans – unlike voters in every other school district in the state – have no say in who serves on the board of education.

“Without an elected school board that is accountable to Chicagoans, our residents have no way to prevent the actions of a mayor who cares more about the interests of his donors than the working class people of this city. It’s time to ensure that our schools are run with transparency, honesty, fiscal responsibility and decency. It’s time to end Rahm Emanuel’s indifference to our students’ futures. It’s time to shut down CPS’s insider contracts and ethical failures. It’s time to put the needs of our students and their families first. State legislators can give Chicagoans the power to change our school system for the better by stepping up and passing legislation that secures the basic right that our residents have long demanded: the right to elect a representative school board that can check this mayor’s neglect of children of color.


Madigan Announces Settlement With Takata Air Bag Manufacturer

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Madigan & 45 Attorneys General File Settlement Over Exploding Air Bags


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she has joined with 44 other attorneys general to reach a settlement with air bag manufacturer TK Holdings Inc. (Takata) over exploding air bags installed in millions of vehicles around the country.


Madigan and the attorneys general filed the agreement in Takata’s ongoing bankruptcy proceedings and are asking the judge to confirm the settlement as part of the bankruptcy plan.


The settlement follows a massive recall of Takata’s ammonium nitrate air bags that can deteriorate with age and heat causing them to explode. The airbags are installed in front of both the driver and passenger seats in various vehicle models manufactured by most major car companies. The explosions have resulted in 20 consumer deaths and numerous other injuries nationwide. The airbags have since been recalled, affecting more than 2 million air bags in Illinois alone.


Under the settlement, Takata will continue recall efforts, and Takata and the auto manufacturers will fund replacement air bags. Consumers whose vehicles are equipped with the hazardous airbags are receiving recall notices. These notices will contain important consumer information, including how to schedule air bag replacements. More than 60 million of Takata’s ammonium nitrate air bags have already been recalled.


“The Takata air bag recall is the largest recall in the auto industry in history, yet the number of people who have had their car’s airbags replaced is low,” Madigan said. “Illinois residents will not have to pay for replacement air bags. It is critical that people take the time to find out if their car’s airbags need to be replaced to protect themselves and their passengers from potential tragedy.”


Illinois residents who are unsure if they are impacted by the recall can visit safercar.gov and enter their vehicle’s VIN to find out whether it is included in the recall.


Also under the settlement, Takata is prohibited from deceptive advertising or misrepresenting the air bags’ safety. Takata must also discontinue production of ammonium nitrate air bags.


Assistant Bureau Chief Greg Grzeskiewicz and Assistant Attorney General Cassandra Halm handled the case for Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau.


50 Years After Fair Housing Act, We Still Have a Long Way to Go

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OpEd: 50 Years After Fair Housing Act, We Still Have a Long Way to Go 
By Jeffrey W. Hicks
Jeffrey W. Hicks

We have come a long way toward building Black homeownership since the Fair Housing Act was signed into federal law 50 years ago. In commemorating that milestone, we recognize and emphasize that, with fewer than half of Black Americans owning their homes, we still have a long way to go to reach economic parity through Black homeownership.

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) has advocated for Black American homeownership since it was founded on the principle of “Democracy in Housing” in 1947. We were at the forefront and in the trenches of this movement prior to April 11, 1968, when this act signaled a new level of commitment to self-determination and empowerment for Black people. NAREB was there, active in ensuring that the law passed. Today we continue working to ensure that fair and equitable treatment for Black Americans under the law remains intact as we work to increase homeownership in Black communities, nationwide.

The importance of the Fair Housing Act cannot be over-emphasized as vital to the journey to full fair housing for all Americans. Recognizing this history helps to fortify us for the next stage of this ongoing movement. The obstacles to achieving fair housing may have changed over the past 50 years, but NAREB remains vigilant and ready to challenge any institutional and systemic barriers to increasing the rates of affordable and sustainable homeownership for Black Americans.

We recognize the challenges. Today, Black Homeownership is at a very low 42 percent. At its peak in 2004, Black homeownership stood 49 percent. We’re working to return to-and then surpass-that level.

Democracy in Housing represents something far different today-the systemic obstacles of increasingly economically-segregated communities. We fully understand that de jure segregation and institutional racism remain pervasive problems throughout the United States. We will continue to use all available tools in 2018 and in the future to increase Black homeownership as a pillar of the American Dream. We will keep advocating for supportive policies and educate our community about the inter-generational wealth-building power of homeownership.

NAREB will host a series of events and activities throughout 2018 to educate and inspire the public about the never-ending struggle for equality and true Democracy in Housing. Our continuing movement to increase Black Homeownership signals our unshakable conviction that this pillar of the American Dream is still achievable, desirable and affordable for African Americans.

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Inc. (NAREB) was founded in Tampa, Florida, in 1947 as an equal opportunity and civil rights advocacy organization for Black American real estate professionals, consumers, and communities in America. The purpose of NAREB is to enhance the economic improvement of its members, the community-at-large, and the minority community which it serves. Although composed primarily of Black Americans, the REALTIST association embraces all qualified real estate practitioners who are committed to achieving our vision of “Democracy in Housing.” For more information, visit www.nareb.com.

Jeffrey W. Hicks is the 30th president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Two New Mexico Men Facing Federal Charges Arising From Social Media School Shooting Threats

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ALBUQUERQUE – The FBI has filed federal charges against two New Mexico men for using social media platforms to post school shootings threats, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.  The criminal charges arise from tips received by the FBI and its law enforcement partners since last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“The Department of Justice will investigate and prosecute school shooting threats on social media platforms, which have recently spread like wildfire in the District of New Mexico in the wake of the Parkland shootings and other tragedies, causing fear and concern in our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Anderson.  “When the lives of our children potentially are at stake, we will take action.  These serious criminal charges should motivate everyone – adults and minors alike – to consider the consequences of posting threatening messages on social media platforms, and to report this unlawful behavior where it occurs.”

“The FBI has zero tolerance for anyone who threatens to do harm to others,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Wade.  “We hope these charges send a strong message that the FBI, working in conjunction with our state and local partners, will investigate these tips thoroughly so we can keep our communities safe.”

The FBI arrested Sebastian Jarvison, 25, of Brimhall, N.M., yesterday afternoon on a criminal complaint charging him with transmitting in interstate commerce communications containing threats to injure others in McKinley County, N.M., on Feb. 14, 2018.  The complaint alleges that on Feb. 16, 2018, the FBI received a tip regarding school shooting and bomb threats allegedly posted by Jarvison on Facebook.  Jarvison’s Facebook posts allegedly included threats to “go shoot a school,” “put a bomb on a plane,” and “put a bomb on a plane and shoot up a school.”

This morning, Jarvison made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M.  Jarvison remains in federal custody pending a preliminary hearing and a detention hearing, both of which are scheduled for Feb. 26, 2018.

A separate criminal complaint, filed on Feb. 22, 2018, charges John Russell Williams, 19, of Farmington, N.M., with a similar offense.  The complaint alleges that Williams committed the offense in San Juan County, N.M., on Feb. 15, 2018, by replying to a school shooting threat on Facebook with a slang term that means “let’s do it.”  According to the complaint, on Feb. 15, 2018, law enforcement authorities received a tip about a Facebook post allegedly made by a juvenile containing the following statement:  “only 2 months into 2018 and already we got 29 school shootings.  F**k it my turn.”  Williams allegedly replied to the post with the term “Haha esketit” – which means “let’s do it” or “let’s get it” – and a laughing emoji.

Williams was arrested on a related state charge on Feb. 16, 2018, and is currently in state custody on that charge and other pending state charges.  Williams will be transferred to federal custody to face the federal charge in the criminal complaint.

If convicted, Jarvison and Williams each face a statutory maximum penalty of five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  Charges in criminal complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

These cases were investigated by the Gallup, Farmington and Albuquerque offices of the FBI with assistance from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police Department, and Bloomfield Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Niki Tapia-Brito is prosecuting the cases.

Jarvison Complaint    Williams Complaint

Source: FBI

Goodman Theatre Adds Six Performances of Sarah Delappe’s Smash Sensation, The Wolves

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Vanessa Stalling’s “Highly Recommended” (Sun-Times) Production Now Extended Through March 18

CHICAGO, IL –  Audiences now have more chances to get in the game: Goodman Theatre adds six performances of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, extending through March 18. The Chicago Tribune gave director Vanessa Stalling’s production four stars (out of four) and hailed, “you don’t want to miss this…a truly beautiful exploration (of) our adolescent years…pulses with energy” while the Chicago Sun-Times called it “a winning production (and) marvelous coming-of-age tale…an excellent example of the exciting work emerging in contemporary American theater” and Newcity raved “positively thrilling…the ensemble is singularly gifted…liable to leave you breathless!” The Wolves, a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life’s big questions and wage their own tiny battles. The 10 member all-Chicago, all-female cast remains intact for the additional performances. The Wolves appears through March 18 in Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre. Tickets ($15 – $60; subject to change) for the extension are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/TheWolves, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner and Russell Reynolds Associates is the Contributing Sponsor.


Schedule of Additional Performances


-Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

-Thursday, March 15 at 7:30pm

-Friday, March 16 at 8pm

-Saturday, March 17 at 8pm

-Sunday, March 18 at 2pm and 7:30pm (closing)

The cast features team members Angela Alise as #00, goalie; Isa Arciniegas as #25, captain; Taylor Blim as #2, defense; Natalie Joyce as #7, striker; Cydney Moody as #8, defense; Erin O’Shea as #46, bench; Sarah Price as #11, midfield; Aurora Real de Asua as #14, mid-field; Mary Tilden as #13, mid-field; and rounding out the cast is Meighan Gerachis as the Soccer Mom. Working with soccer skill building coach Katie Berkopec, each actor learned a series of real soccer drills and incorporated synchronized warm-ups—including squats, jumping jacks, quads, hamstrings, butterfly and more—in preparation for their role. The creative team features designers who transformed the Goodman’s 350 seat-flexible Owen Theatre into an indoor soccer field complete with AstroTurf, plexiglass, fans and fluorescents—including Collette Pollard (sets), Noël Huntzinger (costumes), Keith Parham (lights) and Mikhail Fiksel (sound). Nikki Blue is the production stage manager. 


Group savings are available for parties of 10 or more; by phone at 312.443.3820 or email Groups@GoodmanTheatre.org. Access performances include a Touch Tour on March 4 at 12:30pm; an Audio Described Performance on March 4 at 2pm; an ASL Interpreted Performance on March 10 at 2pm and an Open Captioned Performance on March 11 at 2pm. Visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Access for more information about Goodman Theatre’s accessibility efforts.

Judge Rules Florida’s Rights Restoration Process is Unconstitutional

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Disenfranchisement News

By Marc Mauer

Sentencing Project


Judge rules Florida’s rights restoration process is unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker ruled that Florida’s system of restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions is arbitrary and violates First Amendment rights to free expression and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment. The Fair Elections Legal Network brought the suit against Republican Gov. Rick Scott on behalf of a group of formerly incarcerated individuals who had completed their sentences but were denied rights restoration by the state’s Office of Executive Clemency. Florida’s constitution automatically strips voting rights from individuals convicted of a felony, but governors can determine how voting rights get restored.

Under Gov. Scott’s system, individuals must wait at least five years after completing their sentence, including probation and paying any restitution, before they can apply for rights restoration. The individual must then go before the clemency board, a four-member panel headed by the governor that only meets four times a year. The state gives the governor “unfettered discretion” to grant or deny clemency for any reason. “In Florida, elected, partisan officials have extraordinary authority to grant or withhold the right to vote from hundreds of thousands of people without any constraints, guidelines, or standards,” Judge Walker wrote. “The question now is whether such a system passes constitutional muster. It does not.”

In a follow-up hearing to decide how the state should change the rights restoration process going forward, the state laid out several options including a “uniform policy of declining to restore any felon’s right to vote; amending its rules to permanently revoke voting rights of certain felons; providing for discretion or non-discretion in all cases or continuing the current system with its mandatory waiting periods.” Judge Walker is expected to rule on this case soon, and Gov. Scott has indicated that the state will likely appeal the ruling.

Voters will decide whether to expand voting rights in November

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition gathered the required 766,200 petition signatures to get their voting rights measure on the November ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment would automatically restore voting rights to most individuals upon completion of their prison, probation or parole sentence. Those convicted of murder or felony sexual offense would not be covered by the initiative. The measure will need the support of 60% of voters to pass.

“Through the hard work of Florida voters and unwavering dedication of a truly grassroots movement, we have reached a historic milestone and have officially placed the Second Chances Voting Restoration Amendment on the ballot,” said Desmond Meade, chair of Floridians for a Fair Democracy and spokesperson for the Second Chances Florida Campaign. “Voters took matters in their own hands to ensure that their fellow Floridians, family members, and friends who’ve made past mistakes, served their time and paid their debts to society are given a second chance and the opportunity to earn back their ability to vote.”


Advocates start campaign to end felony disenfranchisement in California

Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) and their member organization Initiate Justice have announced a new state campaign to expand voting rights to people in prison and on parole. Advocates plan on collecting enough signatures to create a ballot initiative. If the measure passes, it would expand voting rights to approximately 160,000 Californians.

“Incarcerated people are still citizens and should not be denied the ability to participate in the democratic process,” read an email announcement from CURB Statewide Co-Coordinator, Amber-Rose Howard. “Restoring this fundamental right lowers the risk of recidivism, promoting public safety as well as upholding principles of democracy and universal suffrage.”


One of every 10 adults is disenfranchised in Mississippi

There are 22 crimes that disenfranchise Mississippi residents from voting, impacting nearly 16% of the black electorate and one out of every 10 adults in the state. This rate is more than triple the national rate of disenfranchise-ment, according to a new report by the Mississippi NAACP, One Voice and The Sentencing Project. Out of the estimated 218,100 people disenfranchised in the state, 93% are living in the community either under probation or parole supervision, or have completed their criminal sentence.

In order to regain voting rights, impacted individuals have three options: apply for a pardon from the governor; apply for an Executive Order Restoring Civil Rights from the governor; or have the State Legislature pass a bill of suffrage on their behalf (which must pass with two-thirds majority). This process results in very few people actually regaining their right to vote. Between 2000 and 2015, just 335 out of 166,494 people who completed their sentence had their rights restored.

The report recommends notifying individuals at sentencing about loss of voting rights and how to regain voting rights after they complete their sentence, increasing data collection on disenfranchisement across the state, and implementing automatic rights restoration for people who have completed the terms of their felony sentence.


UK expands voting rights to some incarcerated people

In a compromise between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the UK adopted a policy to expand voting rights to a small number of incarcerated individuals. The government will allow voting for those on “remand, committed to prison for contempt of court or default in paying fines, or released on temporary licence or home detention curfew.”

The compromise ends a dispute that started in 2005 when the ECHR ruled on a prison voting challenge brought by an incarcerated British man. The court said that a blanket ban on prison voting was illegal and violated human rights. But the UK refused to enforce the ruling. According to the Guardian, the UK’s refusal to follow the ECHR’s judgment has been used by other Council of Europe states as grounds for not enforcing other important rulings, “beginning a process that threatened to unravel international respect for the court.”

The compromise will impact just around 100 people, but the members of the Council of Europe said they were satisfied with the UK’s policy change.

Letting Demons do Battle With Demons

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By Elder Raymond C Christian <sirrcccapt@msn.com>
To:Chaplain of the Senate Washington, DC

“A Blessing to be Picked Out by God”

Job was an upright man God called on him to suffer the abuse of Satan. Job loss all his cattle, all his land, all of his riches.  In one day he lost all ten of his children. Let the church say AMEN.

I want to point out once again that God picked Job out. Just like  he picked each of his children out to go through.  Just like the story of Job his restoration was greater than his loss. God replenished and multiplied what was taken from Job.

What I am saying to you is if you are holding on for change keep holding on. God loves strong finishers even though the race did not start off even. The same reward is given and the promises of the Lord thy God needs no reminder. We are all going through difficult times. But the weight of the burden is accordance to your ability to suffer whatever humiliation God has placed on you to suffer. It is not because God cursed you. It is because God knows what is inside of you. And only God knows your inner ability to endure.

We smile and say we are okay. We’ve learned to laugh during inopportune times of adversity, personal pain and disappointment. Knowing people can only see the outter shale. Jeremiah 17:9-11. 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?10   I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give everyman according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.”

Don’t be like the foolish people, believing everything someone else tells them.  Stop thinkiing you are cursed, you are not. Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again on the third day in order that you might have a chance at salvation. God has chosen you as a strong warrior. Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

Copyrights Elder Raymond C Christian all rights reserve

Just know, God is always watching

Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced For Stealing Funds Which Resulted In Closing Of Credit Union

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Norma Gold, 57, of Eldred, PA, who was convicted of making false entries in federal credit union reports, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $179,939.21.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that Gold was an employee of the Olean Tile Employees Federal Credit Union (OTEFCU) for approximately 26 years between 1986 and December 2012. For a portion of her tenure, Gold served as office manager and was responsible for keeping accurate financial records on behalf of the Credit Union.

Between December 2007 and December 2012, Gold embezzled funds and made false entries in OTEFCU’s general ledger and altered financial statements, making it appear that the OTEFCU’s account balances were larger than they actually were. Gold’s conduct caused substantial hardship to the OTEFCU and it was ultimately forced to close as a result of the theft. The OTEFCU suffered a total loss of $179,939.21.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons; the National Credit Union Administration; the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Lewis Robinson; and the Olean Police Department, under the direction Chief Jeffrey Rowley.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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