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Archive for March 5th, 2018

Trump Transformed Into Angel of Light?

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By Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey
President & Founder of Probation Challenge & The PCC Network

The truth is, Donald Trump was preordained to lie, rob, steal, kill and destroy. All these attributes were bestowed upon him before the foundation of the world. As for matters of truth: Truth is not in him to tell!

Why Trump continues to speak tons of lies per day is a characteristic that he himself cannot resist, for this chapter in his life is not a reality show but an honest intent for him to deceive and will betray the very elect—if possible!

The Holy Scripture spoke as to the many anti-Christ, but that there would be a ‘Strong Anti-Christ’ having strong-holds and who would be powerful and would sit in high places. At this given point-in-time who is more strong and powerful than President Donald A. Trump … leader of what was once considered the free world?  America has been turnover into the hands of the deceiver because we have turned from our first lover—which was the love-of-God.

As the Scripture says, But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

‘Anti-Christ in U.S. White House and Select Congressional Leaders’

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.  2 Corinthians 11

Who is Satan?

Typically, human beings have a wide variety of views on Satan. Some people think of him as a silly cartoonish character with a pointed tail and horns, while others think of him as a force, or an abstract concept of evil. The Bible gives us a very clear picture of who Satan is, what he is like, and his goals and aims concerning humanity. In a nutshell, Satan was once a holy angel, but fell from heaven because of a desire to usurp God’s power, and he is now God’s enemy who opposes Him, His purposes, and His people with every ounce of his considerable strength.

Isaiah 14:12 indicates that Satan’s name, when he was a holy angel, was Lucifer. In Ezekiel 28:12-14, we get a description of Satan as one of the cherubim and the highest of the created angels. However, he became proud of his beauty and position and for some reason decided that he wanted to take God’s place and sit on his throne as the highest being (Isaiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 28:15; 1 Timothy 3:6). Because of his pride and sinful desire to take the sovereignty which is only rightfully God’s, he was cast from heaven. Satan’s desire for power was very strong, as can be seen in Isaiah 14:12-15, but He could not overcome God or take His place, and as the last few chapters of Revelation reveal, in his quest to defeat His Creator, he will not be successful in the end.

Today, Satan is the ruler of this world, and is called the “prince of the power of the air” (John 12:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). He is also called “the accuser” (Revelation 12:10), he tempts humans to sin against God as he did (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5), and he deceives humanity about the truth, especially the truth about God Himself (Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:3). He lies about God’s character and purposes, he tells fallen humanity that it can save itself without God’s grace, and he does all he can to separate us from God and undermine God in our eyes, using his powers of deception. The name “Satan” means “adversary” or “one who opposes.” He is also known as “the devil”, which means “slanderer.”

LIES: Still, despite all he knows about God and the truth, Satan continues to attempt to raise himself above God and take His throne. Satan is behind all the false religions and cults, all the false gods and lies that pull people away from the Lord. Satan disguises himself as “an angel of light” which makes his deception even more powerful (2 Corinthians 11:14). Human beings often see his lies as good, pleasant and seemingly right (Proverbs 14:12), when in truth they are traps that have sealed the doom of millions throughout history.

 

However, despite his plans and all his efforts, Satan’s destiny is irrevocably sealed—he will spend eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

 

Why did God allow the Satan and the demons to sin?

 

The Bible doesn’t say much about the rebellion of Satan and the other angels who followed him, but from the verses we do have it can be deduced that Lucifer, who was most likely the highest of the angelic host (Ezekiel 28:12-18), decided to try to take God’s throne and become God himself (Isaiah 14:12-14). It is commonly understood from Revelation 12:4 that a third of the angels were in support of Lucifer and followed him when he fell.

God offers no explanation as to why this occurred, but we do know from elsewhere in Scripture that God refers to the angels that did not fall as his “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). Apparently, just as it is with humanity, the angels were found to have either of two invested natures, some with a nature that loved God and sought to follow Him, and some that when given the chance to rebel, took it. We do not know why God chose to do things this way. We can only assume that in His infinite wisdom, He deemed it to be the best way. The Bible makes it clear that God did not force the fallen angels to fall, for He cannot tempt anyone to evil and is not tempted to evil Himself (James 1:13), so it must be assumed that the demons fell because it was in their nature to do so, and when given the choice to rebel against God, they did what they desired to do.

Why then, did God in His omniscience create beings with the tendency to fall and rebel against Him in this way? Again, the Bible does not tell us God’s reasons for doing what He did. But we do know that human beings choose to rebel against God unless He intervenes and creates a new heart in them (Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:3; Ephesians 2:8-9). Possibly, it works the same way with the angels; those not restrained by the gift of a godly nature will rebel when given the choice to do so.

It is puzzling, from a human perspective, when we consider that God foreknew these things and still allowed them. However, God’s nature is exhibited in everything. His wrath and justice as well as His love and grace and mercy are shown through the existence of evil and rebellion in ways that never could occur without them. If, as the Psalmist says “His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30), God has committed no wrong in allowing the angels to sin. In fact, this allowance is part of His perfect plan. Perhaps the best way to understand why God allowed the angels to sin is to remember that everything God allows will ultimately glorify Him in some way – even when a finite mind cannot understand how (Isaiah 55:8-9).

 

Don Lemon interviewed Franklin Graham, asking him about why Evangelicals are so supportive of President Trump, even with more reports of his affair with porn star Stormy Daniels coming out.

 

Lemon asked, “Why do you think Evangelicals were so willing to call out, say, Bill Clinton‘s behavior but not President Trump’s?”

 

Graham replied that Clinton’s affairs took place while he was in office, but that Trump’s “alleged affairs” were years ago, and Trump has “changed quite a bit in the last eleven years.”

 

Jokingly, Lemon asked if Graham “read [Trump’s} Twitter account?”

 

He then continued, pointing out that “the payment to the porn star, that was in 2016. That wasn’t eleven years ago. That’s now. He threatened war with North Korea, that’s now. He calls for a ban on religions entering the country. That’s now. He has 15 accusers, some of them said it was shorter than a long time ago, as you said.

 

“He started a fight with a gold star family. He started a fight with gold star widows. He fights with people on Twitter. He uses the word S-Hole about certain countries. That’s all in the current timing now. That’s not from years ago.  That’s not from years ago. So that argument that he has changed or that he has somehow evolved, that just doesn’t stand.”

 

Graham started to repeat himself, saying that Clinton, Kennedy, and Johnson’s affairs were while they were in office.”

 

Lemon shot back, “There are more to a person’s character than affairs. Are you saying the only thing that matters is an affair?

 

“No,” Graham said, hesitantly, and pointed out that other presidents have used foul language.

 

“Does that make it right, because someone else is a sinner, because someone else used bad language, and this President uses bad language, does that make it right?”

 

“He’s a businessman, not a politician,” Graham defended. “Are you saying businessmen don’t have morals?” Lemon replied.

 

But, when in doubt, evangelicals use the same tired defense. “God put him in there,” Graham declared.

 

Wouldn’t that also mean that God put Obama in office for eight years? Does that mean God also elected all these men committed sexual harassment? If so, can we use the 25th Amendment on a deity?

 

Contact Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey @ Cc:mrheb@aol.com

 

 

 


Black Author Examines Corruption Among Leaders of Organizations

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Author Thomas Barr, and his bookcover

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Military veteran turned author, Thomas Barr Jr., has spent years working in the service of government. He has penned a book that portrays the urban settings of Miami in examination of corrupt practices among leaders in organizational operations. The book is entitled RISEN: The Accession and Devolution of Yahweh Ben Yahweh: Miami’s Urban Chronicles Volume I and is a biopic of the life of former Miami based mega-church leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh.

The author drew from his years of experience as a Miami resident when writing this book. “The average citizen face troubling times in the light of current political elections of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” the author said. “They must be aware! Caution must be practiced when considering personalities and individuals should not fall prey to disillusionment.”

The author based his main character on the tragic down fall of the former religious leader of the Yahweh nation, and wants to tell his story to others aspiring to understand corruption among leaders in organizations. “The average citizen must recognize that they have a right to fair representation,” said the author.

The book details events which influence the main character in negative ways and documents his success plus failures as a leader of a movement. The protagonist in an attempt to take control of his life makes the ultimate decision in deciding his fate. Author excerpts can be read online at www.thomasbarrjr.com.

About the author
Thomas Barr Jr. in his third novel attempts to chronicle the life styles of African American leaders and why they fall prey to corrupt practices. The book was released on April 1st, 2016 and has a campaign for movie adaptation. The book is available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and Ebookit.

Follow Thomas on Twitter at @ThomasBarrJr, Instagram at @MiamiUrbanChronicles and Marsocial.com/groups/urban-chronicl

Photo Caption: Author Thomas Barr, Jr. and his bookcover

 

 

New Report: Senate Housing Proposal Would Be A Blow to Affordable Housing and Harmful to Overall Housing Market

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Center for Responsible Lending & National Urban League Report Shows Senators’ Proposal Would Cost More, Deliver Less

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A new research report by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and National Urban League critiques a legislative discussion draft by U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to restructure the nation’s housing finance system, and it criticizes recently published papers supporting it.

CRL and the National Urban League’s report finds that the proposed legislation repeals the important public interest mandates within the current system and replaces them with weak incentives that will greatly harm the overall housing market. The report also finds that cost assumptions in the paper supporting the legislation are incorrect and once corrected will drive up costs for lower-wealth borrowers.

The new report, Senate GSE Reform Proposal: A Blow to Affordable Housing and Harmful to the Overall Housing Market, is jointly authored by CRL President Mike Calhoun, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial and senior financial economist Michael F. Molesky. Together they call for a system that supports opportunity for current and future generations to achieve homeownership as opposed to it only being reserved for those who are financially well off.

The report offers that administrative reform must continue to build upon the significant reforms begun in the bipartisan Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. Moreover, a central purpose of government backing is that the housing finance system serves all markets across the country, all lenders, and all credit-worthy borrowers.

“Our recent housing past is replete with risk that eventually harmed consumers, communities, and the entire economy,” said CRL President Mike Calhoun.  “A doubtful structure of guarantors awarded unenforceable duties is simply not in our nation’s best interest. Nor is supporting systemic changes that omit community banks, credit unions, and other small lenders. Now as the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act nears, housing finance reform should embrace housing affordability, taxpayer protection, and a duty-to-serve all markets and all credit-worthy borrows.”

The authors point out how claimed cost savings in the proposed system would evaporate when reasonable assumptions are applied. In fact, the proposed system would be more expensive even under optimistic projections.

Most importantly, the proposal would deconstruct the public interest foundation of our housing finance system. It would eliminate the affordable housing goals, and the broad duty-to-serve all creditworthy borrowers. The proposal would also weaken regulatory oversight by preventing the regulator from reviewing or approving affordable housing plans of the new companies in the system. These companies – with the backing of taxpayer dollars – would be able to serve only the wealthiest borrowers or regions of the country.

“Although much of the housing market has recovered in recent years, many Americans have either not benefited or have even lost ground,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial.“Looking ahead, we must shun ill-advised efforts to retreat from serving the entire market. Millennials and people of color deserve the opportunity to pursue their own American Dreams. And existing homeowners, especially older Americans need buyers when they are ready to downsize or retire. The financial glue connecting these generations is affordable mortgage credit.”

Full report can be found here.

Chicagoans Demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel to Release any Information About Poetntial Ice Raids in the City

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Activists in Chicago are submitting a FOIA (Freedom of Information Request Act) to obtain information on pending ICE activity after a series of raids in California resulted in the detention of more than 150 people  

 

CHICAGO, IL — Following a wave of raids in Northern California last week, Chicago community members are requesting that the Mayor and City Council  release any and all  information about pending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in the city. This request comes after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf took to Twitter to warn Oakland residents about potential ICE activity targeting undocumented residents in the Bay Area.
Community members, Organized Communities Against Deportations and other immigrant rights organizations  will attend a Press conference to announce the submission of a Freedom of Information Request Act (FOIA) to request any information of potential ICE raids in Chicago, will be held
Monday, March 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM, at the Daley Plaza, at the corner of Washington St and Dearborn St  (50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL.

“We want our immigrant and undocumented communities to be alert and ready. Knowing in anticipation if there are raids planned in our city is one way that our communities can actively protect themselves. That is why we are asking that the Mayor give us any information he may have about potential raids in Chicago. If the Mayor of Oakland did it, Rahm Emanuel can do the same,” declared Arianna Salgado, organizer with OCAD. 

Over the last year, immigrant communities in so-called “Sanctuary” cities have been living under constant uncertainty and fear because the current federal administration has given  ICE free reign to detain and deport. From home raids to “Operation Mega”, the Trump administration is using ICE to target people in cities they consider sanctuary for immigrants and Chicago is not an exception. Although there is still work to be done for Chicago to truly be a Sanctuary city for all, the Mayor and City council should make public any information about imminent raids and allow our communities to protect themselves.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that fights  deportations and criminalization of Black, Brown, and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. We fight case by case, person by person, alongside families to create an environment for our communities to thrive, work, and organize with happiness and without fear. Through grassroots organizing, legal and policy work, civil disobedience, and cross-movement building we aim to challenge the institutions that target and dehumanize us and reclaim our collective power.  Find out more at www.organizedcommunities.org

Federal Court Orders Calls Group to Stop Using Urban League Name, Logo

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NEW YORK  — A federal court has ordered an organization in Dallas, improperly operating under the Urban League name, to stop using the Urban League’s registered trademarks.

“The Urban League of Greater Dallas was disaffiliated in 2015,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “We have no affiliate in Dallas at this time. The group operating under the Urban League name is doing so deceitfully and illegally, and the federal court has just confirmed that.”

The court had issued a temporary injunction in December 2015 against the use of the Urban League name and logo in response to a lawsuit  National Urban League filed a month earlier. This week’s ruling makes that injunction permanent.

The National Urban League disaffiliated the Dallas group in response to serious concerns about the fiscal management and organizational governance of the Dallas organization. Prior to the disaffiliation, the National Urban League worked for months with Dallas leaders to bring the organization into compliance with the Terms of Affiliation, the contract which governs the relationship between the National Urban League and its affiliates. The affiliate failed to comply with the corrective action plan, Morial said.

 

Attorney General Madigan Announces Final Top 10 List of Consumer Complaints

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Madigan’s Nationally Recognized Consumer Advocacy Efforts Have Recovered Billions of Dollars for Illinois Residents

 

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office’s list of Top 10 consumer complaints for 2017. Since taking office in 2003, Madigan’s office has mediated nearly 400,000 formal complaints from consumers across Illinois, fielded hundreds of thousands of phone calls and inquiries every year and recovered billions in direct relief to Illinois consumers through litigation and mediation.

 

Last year, Madigan’s office received 24,669 complaints, and identity theft ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2007, with 2,511 complaints. The jump, in part, is due to the massive data breach sustained by Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies that compromised information for nearly 148 million Americans. In addition, education-related complaints made another big increase, jumping to No. 2 on the list with 2,399 complaints, further reflecting the country’s persistent student loan debt crisis.

 

Joining Madigan today to discuss this year’s Top 10 list were Todd Kossow, Director of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Midwest Region, Steve Bernas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Chicago and Northern Illinois and Bill Hedrick, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.

 

“Every year, my Top 10 list shows that scam artists, predatory companies and cyber criminals devise schemes to steal peoples’ money,” Madigan said. “This year’s Top 10 list confirms that contending with financial challenges such as identity theft, student loans and other personal debt are the major issues confronting Illinois residents. My office will continue to aggressively pursue consumer fraud and provide people with the help they need.”

 

Attorney General Madigan has fought aggressively to protect consumers from identity theft amid a series of unprecedented data breaches at some of the country’s largest companies and retailers. Madigan’s Identity Theft Unit at 1-866-999-5630 (TTY: 1-877-844-5461) provides one-on-one assistance to victims of identity theft and data breaches and has helped over 44,000 people remove over $29 million worth of fraudulent charges from their credit.

 

Top 10 Breakdown
Madigan’s annual Top 10 list of consumer complaints ranks every complaint her office receives on a range of topics. Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Bureau returned more than $46 million in savings through litigation and mediation to Illinois consumers in 2017. In addition to identity theft and education-related complaints, Madigan noted other categories that topped her list of complaints involved consumer debt and home repair.

 

CATEGORY # OF COMPLAINTS
1. Identity Theft (credit cards, data breaches, utilities, government document fraud)             2,511
2. Education (student loan debt, loan counseling, for-profit schools) 2,399
3. Consumer Debt (collection agencies, mortgages, banks) 2,395
4. Construction/Home Improvement (remodeling, roofs and gutters, heating and cooling, plumbing) 2,113
5.  Telecommunications (cable and satellite TV, telemarketing, cell phones, phone service and repairs) 2,031
6.  Promotions/Schemes (phone scams, lottery scams, investment schemes, phishing) 2,004
7. Used Auto Sales (as-is used cars, financing, advertising, warranties) 1,728
8. Internet/Mail Order Products (internet and catalog purchases, TV and radio advertising) 1,071
9. Motor Vehicle/Non-Warranty Repair (collision, engines, oil changes and tune-ups) 656
10. New Auto Sales (financing, defects, advertising) 629

 

 

For more information, visit Madigan’s website or contact her office about consumer fraud issues.

 

Identity Theft Unit

1-866-999-5630 (TTY: 1-877-844-5461)

 

Student Loan Helpline

1-800-455-2456

Homeowner Helpline

1-866-544-7151

Consumer Fraud Hotlines
1-800-386-5438 (Chicago), 1-800-243-0618 (Springfield) or 1-800-243-0607 (Carbondale)

 

Spanish Language Hotline

1-866-310-8398

 

Early Voting Starts Today (March 5): Chicago Teachers Union’s Endorsement

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Early voting begins March 5. Support the CTU’s endorsed candidates!

Early voting begins on March 5 in all neighborhoods, and runs through March 19 – so don’t miss your chance to register your vote! The CTU’s political action committee has assessed dozens of candidates in races across the ballot, from governor to Cook County board, and the CTU Executive Board and House of Delegates overwhelmingly voted to approve candidates in the following races. Please support these champions of public education, collective bargaining, and the rights and needs of students and their families.

Illinois Attorney General

  • State Senator Kwame Raoul

Illinois State Senate

  • 8th District: Ram Villivalam

Illinois House of Representatives

  • 1st State House District: Aaron Ortiz
  • 2nd State House District: Representative Theresa Mah
  • 4th State House District: Delia Ramirez
  • 5th State House District: Lamont Robinson
  • 6th State House District: Representative Sonya Harper
  • 14th State House District: Representative Kelly Cassidy
  • 19th State House District: Representative Robert Martwick
  • 25th State House District: Adrienne Irmer
  • 31st State House District: State Representative Mary Flowers

Cook County Board

  • 1st County Board District: CTU member Brandon Johnson
  • 12th County Board District: Bridget Degnen
  • 13th County Board District: Commissioner Larry Suffredin

You may early vote at any of the City’s early voting locations. To find all early voting locations, hours, and requirements, click this link. Election Day is March 20th; find your polling place at this link. To volunteer to help our endorsed candidates between now and election day with canvassing or phone banking, please email martinritter@ctulocal1.com.

Thank you for your service to Chicago’s children and your continued advocacy for the schools that our students deserve. See you at the polls!

OpEd: Here’s to This Flag of Mine

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                                                          By Dr. Sunni Ali

 

Why should African Americans celebrate allegiance to the U.S. Flag?

 

Many people argue that the long history of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism alone entitles black people’s exemption away from pledging their allegiance to this nation’s flag.

 

From President Trump’s recent harsh statement toward National Football League players’ refusal to stand during the National Anthem to NFL owners and politicians’ perspectives over this issue, generations of black folk since the time of Frederick Douglass and the black emigrate movements of the1820s questioned their patriotism.

 

The powerful lesson of Colin Kaepernick is similar to that of a patriot, a person who sacrifices themselves fighting injustice and unfairness to birth change. Since its conception, America has needed patriots around to demand that equality and equity become common for all people living in this nation.

 

Kaprenick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem served as notice to the nation it is not living up to its creed, which struck a chord for people choosing to ignore the current racial issues shaking up the American landscape such as, the unjustifiable police homicides of black civilians.

 

The history of having patriots, rebels, and intellectuals apply rhetoric, civil protest, and rebellion helped progress America. Yet as perplexed, challenged, and complicated American history has been toward African Americans, their loyalty and honor toward the American flag continues to celebrate an abundant country they helped make possible while arguing for more progressive change to improve a nation.

 

Hence the title of text, Here’s to This Flag of Mine springs forth from Marcus Garvey’s Black Nationalist Song, written by his wife, Amy Jacques Garvey, which provides a metanarrative of the African American experience dealing with the challenges paying homage to a nation’s flag.

 

Such arguments emerged through the 20th Century between W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey as well as Malcolm X and Dr. King Jr. Despite this, majority of African Americans continue to believe in the hopes, dreams, and values America promises.

 

The significance of African American’s patriotic debate is also rooted to W.E.B. Dubois’ Double Consciousness Theory that says African Americans harbor a divided soul living in America; they struggle with being African and American while paying homage to both.

 

Especially considering the magnificent contributions blacks have made to the nation before its conception. Indeed, African people have helped to develop the Americas as far back as 700 A.C.E.

 

Hence, the journey of African Americans goes beyond the pages of any history textbook or lesson that emphasize a narrative of chattel slavery. African Americans have been the scientists, mathematicians, architects, artisans, domestic engineers, horticulturalists, agrarian specialists, and soldiers for a nation that marginalized their existence. Thereby blacks’ loyalty or patriotism should never be questioned.

 

Here’s To A Flag of Mine celebrates the struggles, successes, and challenges imposed onto African Americans fighting to improve their second-class status. A history that deserves reparations and appreciation as America transitions beyond the 21st Century.

 

Curse Inflicted: From Slavery To Sex Trade

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By Ebonique Harrison
 

As Black History month begins many people think of others who have paved the way for blacks and others in America. To have freedom, liberty and justice were not just given to blacks, it was fought for and blacks are still fighting for equality.

 

As society think of black women in black history, brings acknowledgement of Oprah Winfrey referencing Recy Taylor in her great speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes Awards. Oprah mentioning her legacy brought worldwide attention to the past, the history of women in America to the #Me Too Movement. Shining light on her story brought many at home watching to tears. The story of Recy Taylor is that she was walking home from church and suddenly abducted at gun point and raped by a group of six white men in 1944. The white men took her into their car to a secluded area. She was threatening to be killed and she thought they were going to kill her, but they let her walk home in fear. She survived the traumatic, sexual violence event, and she reported it to law enforcement right away. She stood up. She spoke up as many women never have the courage to do, because of fear of losing their life. She didn’t remain silent and used her voice for herself and all the other women who were afraid to use theirs. The sheriff sought after the suspects who committed the crime, but no arrest was made. Her house was firebombed at night, and she and her family moved to her father’s house. Many of the men had denied the rape while 4 of them confessed in doing it consensually. Our historic Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks of the NAACP stepped in to bring exposure to her case. Sadly, she didn’t receive any justice in the court of law in Alabama. Two grand juries declined to indict the men. She eventually separated from her husband and moved to Florida with one child. She partnered with another man but didn’t have any more children because the vicious sexual assault left her infertile.

 

Those times were fragile, and many black women never saw any justice to sexual misconduct. With the women’s movement taking place in America and during Black History Month, a salute goes to honor all the black women for their strength, perseverance and desire to have their voices heard. The debut book Curse Inflicted: From Slavery to the Sex Trade examines black women in history to present day and the sexual harassment, sexual violence and sex trafficking that often takes place.

 

Crime and violence are so prevalent in black women lives and Recy Taylor storygives birth for other women to continue to fight the fight. The criminal justice systemneeds to be reformed, and so does criminalizing sex trafficking victims. The newlyreleased book Curse Inflicted, will discuss the reasons why all of this sexual misconduct takes place in black women lives and how they can stop it.

 

New Mexico Man Charged for Defrauding Investors Out of $4.4 Million

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A New Mexico man was charged in federal court for his role in defrauding investors out of at least $4.4 million, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony.

Eugene Turner, 64, of Animas, New Mexico, was charged via criminal information with one count of wire fraud.

Turner and Timothy E. McShane established several companies between 2006 and 2012, including McShane Construct All International LLC, Rancho Hidalgo LLC, Lordsburg Land Development LLC, Hidalgo Alfalfa Company LLC, New Mexico Natural Beef & Pork, LLC, Firewater Hydrogen Fuel LLC, Granite Gap Development LLC and New Horizons West, Inc.

Turner and McShane solicited investments in the companies by giving investors promissory notes and/or founder’s shares in the companies, which where not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission nor traded on any public stock exchange.

They collateralized investments in the companies with assets, such as land pledges, crop pledges, real property and other items, purportedly belonging to the companies when, in reality, Turner and McShane knew they did not own those assets.

They used personal, social and business relationships of current investors to establish relationships of trust with prospective investors. They made false statements to investors about the progress of the companies. They also misused funds from new investors to make small payments to other investors who complained about lack of return on their investments, according to the information.

Because of Turner and McShane’s scheme to defraud, investors in the companies had a combined out of pocket loss of approximately $4.4 million between 2008 and 2015. Additionally, they did not receive the interest payments the defendants guaranteed or the investment gains the defendants falsely promised during the scheme, according to the information.

McShane, of Stow, has pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is scheduled to be sentenced March 6.

“These defendants stole millions of dollars from investors through years of lies, deception and false promises,” Herdman said. “This case serves as a reminder that there is no such thing as a sure thing and people need to exercise caution when deciding how to invest their savings.”

“This defendant, along with his cohort, defrauded numerous investors out of millions of dollars all under a ruse that they would receive financial benefit from their investments,” Anthony said. “Until now, the only people that benefited were the defendant, Eugene Turner, and his partner, Timothy McShane, but their time has come and both will be held accountable for their fraudulent scams.”

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Rice.

If convicted, the Court will determine the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: FBI

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