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Archive for February 19th, 2018

President Trump has Wrecked the Core Fabric and Spirit of This Country

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

My Two Cents Worth: Part 1

 

By Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine

 

In a short period of time, President Donald Trump has wrecked the core fabric and spirit of this country. He has divided the citizenry little by little, has torn the country’s cultural fabric apart and cultivated it into small racial pieces, and at the same time, ignored what is good for America and what is good for the American people (Of course he would strongly disagree with that assessment) inasmuch as he’s too busy trying to “Make America Great Again” (his campaign slogan that will never happen).

Trump takes no responsibility for anything. He has a habit of always pinning the blame (if it’s something negative) on someone else; and his usual targets are former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or just about anyone he gets into a strong public debate with. He is the master when it comes to “playing the blame game.”

Trump is known to give out “false or misleading claims” on a daily basis, according to the Washington Post. And there are others in the news media who think likewise. He has a habit of calling the news media the “fake media”.

Trump bends the truth about any and everything and takes no responsibility for nothing. Some people I’ve talked to in conversation call him “the liar-in-chief”. Nonetheless, this is the man elected president of the United States and is leading our country.

There’s an old saying that “you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.” There are many Americans that are on to Trump’s non-leadership skills and leadership abilities to adequately run this country. They have a general idea about happenings in this country and their workplace – politics, current events and otherwise. They can’t be fooled by Trump’s pathological untruths.

In a Washington Post article January 10, 2018, titled: “President Trump has Made More Than 2,000 False or Misleading Claims Over 355 Days”, authored by Glenn Kessler and Meg Kelly, it noted that “After a year in office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims and flip-flops. He now averages 5.9 per day….”

Further, the article noted that “With just 10 days before he finishes his first year as president, Trump has made 2,001 false or misleading claims in 355 days, according to our database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president. That’s an average of more than 5.6 claims a day.”

A majority of Americans (Trump has low favorability ratings in all polls) have been overwhelmed by Trump’s inaction and/or misleading information since he arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., surrounded by cabinet members who know very little to nothing about the jobs they were selected to serve in.

And as long as Trump stays in the Oval Office he will continue to destroy the country even more with his legislative agenda and Executive Orders. Trump signed 24 Executive Orders in his first 100 days in office; his way of trying to make sure he erases many of President Barack Obama’s legacy accomplishments.

But remember, Trump didn’t do it (set policy all by himself), he had the help of powerful Republican enablers. They have to bear some of the blame. Trump has had the help of many enablers -The national Republican Party and Congressional Republican leadership – Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Devin Nunes and many others. The Republicans are in control of the House, Senate and Presidency. Let’s remember Trump and his comrade enablers on election days when they’re up for re-election.

Trump is unpredictable, irresponsible, unaccountable, and uses strong derogatory and incendiary rhetoric when making remarks about certain racial ethnic groups.  His racist maneuvering and remarks have divided and torn this country apart. Furthermore, his administration has been subject of many scandals.

I’ve been covering politics and presidential campaigns/elections for more than 42 years. In January 2016, I celebrated 40 rock-solid years as a journalist/news reporter/author/publisher. But I must say the 2016 presidential campaign is unlike any campaign I’ve seen during my tenure as a journalist/news reporter/author/publisher. That campaign was a stark difference from the others!

I’m weary now of what I continue to see happening in and coming out of the White House. And I’m concerned about what is taking place politically in this country.

 

Something Is Wrong In America

 

By Juanita Bratcher

Copyright © 2006

 

Something is wrong in America

When a man has no place to sleep

There’s something wrong in America

When a man has nothing to eat

 

Something is wrong in America

When violence constantly roars through the streets

There’s something wrong about America

When the evils of racism lie at its feet

 

Something is wrong in America

When justice and equality can’t prevail

There’s something wrong about America

When its justice system has failed

 

Something is wrong in America

When leaders are corrupt from greed

Something is wrong in America

When it can’t help its citizens in need

 

Something is wrong in America

When poverty robs a man of self-esteem

There’s something wrong about America

When a man can’t realize his dreams

 

COMING SOON: PART 2 will focus on President Donald Trump’s useless maneuvering since taking over the presidency.

 

NAACP Calls for Greater Advocacy against Gun Lobby and Politicians Who Support Them Latest School Mass Murder Should Be Enough to Change Gun Policy – but It’s Not

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

BALTIMORE—The NAACP issued the following statement today regarding the school shooting mass murder tragedy in Florida.“The mass murdering of students and teachers at high school in Florida represents a horrific tragedy and a betrayal of the American public by the gun lobby and the politicians who continue to support them.Any public policy that makes its way through Congress should be one in the best interests of the American public and the safety of our communities, sadly and instead, the National Rifle Association promotes policies to sell guns regardless of the negative impact that has on our national safety.In his response to the murders, President Trump failed to mention anything relevant regarding policies to limit the use, sale, or improve background checks for the purchase of military-type guns that have nothing to do with anything except the ability to kill people quickly. He deferred as is common by gun advocates to the issue of mental illness. As one advocate noted, there are mentally ill people all over the world, but in other places, there are no continual incidents of mass murder shootings. Shame on you Mr. President.Instead, what we will hear in lieu of policies to make our communities safer, are ways to increase the “protection” of schools.Instead of addressing the root of the problem, gun advocates will argue as they always do that more guns can solve the problems of more guns.There have been 30 mass shootings in 2018 and it’s only February. Yet despite the despair of those still reeling from the most recent mass murder, change is possible. Australia had a mass shooting in 1996 and radically changed their gun laws. They have not had another similar incident since.The only way the public can force the NRA and those politicians who support them to create safer gun policies is by action. According to findings by the Pew Research Center, those who do not own guns are 9 percent less likely to contact public officials about gun policy compared to those who own guns. Additionally those who want even lesser restrictions on purchasing guns – are more likely to contact politicians than those who want safer policy.

We must identify and protest those who continue to promote an insane policy on guns. After each mass murder and school shooting, the people most responsible for unsafe gun policies remained untouched. They continue to push for even worse laws, because it increases their bottom line and have been able to escape the public scrutiny that should be attached to those who have no concern for the safety of the public. Now is the time to rally against and shine the light on the gun lobby and its politicians. Now is the time to make our voices heard in all aspects of society and through all means available. It is not only the safest thing to do but also the right thing to do.

 

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
OpEd By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson
ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson
To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters:

I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would run longer than the entire Harry Potter series!

My hopes for you, my two beautiful Black girls, are so simple and yet also entirely grandiose. My dreams for you, beautiful Black girls, are that you are free to be whoever you want to be.

If you only get one lesson from me, your mother, let it be this: Your history didn’t start with slavery, and White people’s history didn’t start in the United States of America.

As your Black parents, your father and I are teaching you our viewpoint. Our Black culture begins with the beginning of humans.

In fact, the first humans lived in Africa. The first civilizations were in Africa. Our Christianity began in Africa. Africa is our homeland and everything about Africa should bring you pride. Wear your African-ness, your Blackness with pride!

Your history, the history of the continent of civilization in Africa, starts in modern day Sudan, around 6000 B.C. In fact, the first “empire” of two great nations happened between modern-day Egypt and modern-day Sudan. We will be sure you know those modern names are European names. We will teach you their deep-rooted African names: KMT and Meroe.

We are teaching you the history of Ancient Kemet, Meroe and Nubia.

You will learn of the African civilizations, the use of iron and tools in Africa, the resource riches of the African continent and the complicated, fascinating history of over 10,000 years of human civilization. Africa had kings and queens and warriors, slaves, artists, scientists, mathematicians, farmers, sailors, inventors and musicians. You come from a beautifully talented Black culture.

As your mother, I have told you repeatedly that you are already free to be whoever you want to be. But as you approach adolescence and spend more time in schools than you do with your parents, you may begin to doubt that I told you the truth.

See, the books that you will read and the lessons you learn, will not validate your potential exactly as you are, beautiful, brilliant Black girls, from a legacy of beautiful, brilliant Black women.

YOU MUST LEARN THEIR HISTORY.  
BUT YOU CAN TAKE A BROADER PERSPECTIVE.

In formal school education, you will be exposed to a different viewpoint. Most school curricula in the United States are completely uninterested in young, brilliant Black girls like you learning about your culture, discovering multiple viewpoints or forming your own opinions.

In school, you will likely be inundated with stories of Europe: Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, the Medieval Period, Dark Ages, Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. Then you will be told all about the greatness of the United States of America that comes from the rich history of Europe.

You will be forced to memorize, learn and admire the brilliance and beauty of Europe and White people.

This is something I cannot protect you from. You must learn their history. But remember, more than facts are at stake. In those classrooms, you are seeing only their viewpoint. You can take a broader perspective.

OUR BLACKNESS IS BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT AND RESILIENT

The United States of America was founded in 1776. On July 4, 2018, the U.S. will be 243 years old. Europeans landed in the Americas in 1492 and have been interacting with indigenous land of the First Americans, for almost 550 years.

Understand this, my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters. Your history is over 10,000 years old. The enslavement of Black people by White people, is at best, only 550 years of your history.

That is a mere 5.5 percent of your totality. Sure, the enslavement of Black people by White people, and our subsequent struggles to become totally free, are important to know and learn. But they are a very, very small part of who you really are and who you, and we, as Black people, can be.

What makes you, and other beautiful, brilliant, Black children, different from many White children, is you know that their history isn’t just fact-it is a viewpoint. And, that you, as a Black American, as a Black African, have completely different interpretations of history, of heroes, of scholars and who is “important.”

As your parent, I wish you were free, my beautiful, brilliant Black children to speak openly, honestly and without fear about who you are and your Black history. But it is not always safe for you to do that.

Talking about Ancient Egypt being African can get you in trouble. Having a name that “sounds Black” can lose you a job. In fact, much of life will be devoted to protecting yourself from White people’s false views about who Black people are and what they have and can do.

But I promise you, with all that I am, I will tell you the truth. Just as my mother told me the truth. Your ancestors who came to the Americas 500 years ago not only survived attempted physical and cultural genocide, they kept our Black African story, culture and beauty alive.

Remember 550 years is nothing compared to over 10,000 years. Our last 550 years is not our whole story.

In fact, it is just a tiny piece of the story. No matter what White people think, or try to tell you about who you are as a Black person, we have a very different perspective.

As your parent, I swear on the lives of all our ancestors over our 10,000-year history, I will never let you forget how beautiful and brilliant you are, my Black daughters. Nor will I let you forget our beautiful, brilliant Black culture.

You are part of a beautiful, brilliant, Black people that has a history and presence throughout the world. 500 years? Ha! You are in but a minute of your 10,000-year story. Our Black is brilliant, beautiful and most importantly, resilient.

This piece originally appeared on EducationPost.org.

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice.

FBI Statement Response to the Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

FBI Statement:

On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.

Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life. The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.

We have determined that these protocols were not followed for the information received by the PAL on January 5. The information was not provided to the Miami Field Office, and no further investigation was conducted at that time.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said:

“We are still investigating the facts. I am committed to getting to the bottom of what happened in this particular matter, as well as reviewing our processes for responding to information that we receive from the public. It’s up to all Americans to be vigilant, and when members of the public contact us with concerns, we must act properly and quickly.

“We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy. All of the men and women of the FBI are dedicated to keeping the American people safe, and are relentlessly committed to improving all that we do and how we do it.”

Communities Invited to Submit Projects for New $225 million IDOT Freight Program

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Deadline for applications to improve goods, services mobility due April 6

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking project proposals for a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Applications are due April 6 for up to $225 million in National Highway Freight Program funds to be distributed through 2022.

“The efficient movement of goods and services is central to what makes Illinois the transportation hub of North America,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “We are thrilled to offer this exciting opportunity to invest in our communities and help them arrive at solutions that will generate economic activity, create jobs and enhance the quality of life for their residents.”

Administered by IDOT using federal funds, the competitive grant program is designed to implement the goals of the Illinois State Freight Plan to improve safety, boost efficiency and grow the economy. Successful proposals will include plans to reduce bottlenecks, improve freight-related safety, increase intermodal accessibility to freight corridors and enhance efficiency through the strategic deployment of technology.

Eligible applicants include local, state or federal governmental agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions. Project proposals from a private entity must have a public sponsor. Application and qualification information is available at idot.illinois.gov/ILFreight. Grant awards will be announced in June.

IDOT will host three informational meetings to explain the grant program and provide one-on-one assistance to prospective applicants. RSVPs are encouraged. All meetings will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.:

Friday, Feb. 23 – Collinsville
IDOT District 8 headquarters, Regional Conference Room, 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive

Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Schaumburg
IDOT District 1 headquarters, Lower Level Auditorium, 201 W. Center Court

Monday, March 5 – Springfield
IDOT’s Hanley Building, Auditorium, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway

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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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