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In the Wake of Austin Bombings, NAACP Urges Caution to Members and All Communities

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on In the Wake of Austin Bombings, NAACP Urges Caution to Members and All Communities
BALTIMORE — The NAACP, the nation’s leading civil rights organization, issued the following statement regarding the latest bombing in Austin, Texas.The NAACP is issuing a call for vigilance, diligence and caution to its membership and all communities in Austin who have suffered through two deaths and four injuries due to bombs dressed as packages and placed at homes.“Due to the horrible acts of domestic terrorism now occurring in Austin, this is a time to be cautious about any packages being left at homes” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “We are asking our membership to be vigilant and to pay attention to anything out of the ordinary in their communities and avoiding picking up any packages left at their homes. We are working with our NAACP State President Gary Bledsoe and the Austin President Nelson Linder to help communities stay aware of potential for danger during this uneasy time.”There have been four bombings in Austin this month. The first three bombings murdered two African Americans including 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason, and injured Mason’s mother. The third package bomb injured 75-year-old Esperanza Herrera. The fourth bombing last night injured two Caucasian males.

The NAACP Austin branch has been working very closely with the Austin Police Department, the FBI and ATF to monitor these devastating and criminal acts.

“We are urging our members to pay attention in their communities and to exercise caution when around any packages, said NAACP Austin President Nelson Linder. “We are asking parents to inform their youth to stay away from anything left on their doorsteps or at their homes. This is a time for us to communicate and keep in other informed regarding any type of strange behavior in our neighborhoods.”

North Carolina Drug Ring Dismantled

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on North Carolina Drug Ring Dismantled

Gang-Affiliated Group Was Major Supplier of Heroin, Cocaine in Triangle Region

Kilos of Cocaine Seized in North Carolina Drug Ring Case

These kilos of cocaine, shipped from California to North Carolina inside containers used to package furniture, were among the drugs seized in April 2016 when members of the FBI-led Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force arrested the ringleaders of the Maurio Mitchell Drug Trafficking Organization.

One-time major suppliers of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana in North Carolina’s Triangle region will be spending decades behind bars, thanks to local, state, and federal law enforcement partners determined to stop violent gangs that profit from narcotics trafficking.

A federal judge in December sentenced the ringleaders in the case, Maurio Mitchell and Mark Daye, to prison terms of 35 years and 30 years, respectively. In all, nine members of what was known as the Maurio Mitchell Drug Trafficking Organization, dismantled in 2016, received a combined total of 119 years in prison.

“Mitchell was the architect of the organization, and Daye provided the source of supply,” said Special Agent Steve Jessup, an investigator on the case from the FBI’s Charlotte Division and a member of the FBI-led Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force.

Daye had a cartel connection in California that supplied the drugs, and Mitchell was affiliated with members of the United Blood Nation’s Omega Line, a violent street gang operating within the Raleigh-Durham area known as the Triangle. That partnership resulted in the distribution of significant quantities of illegal drugs—and violent acts that stemmed from those crimes.

“For the past five years, factions of the same Bloods gang have been fighting amongst themselves, largely over the drug trade,” said Tim Thomas, a Durham Police Department detective and task force member.

The culture of violence is so strong among rival gang factions that many have their own rap musicians who post music videos on social media platforms to intimidate and threaten their enemies. These “dis videos”—where targets were disrespected on social media—often resulted in violent encounters, Thomas said. “They were more about sending a message than music.”

“This was a great team effort. Dismantling the Maurio Mitchell organization made the community a safer place.”

Steve Jessup, special agent, FBI Charlotte

The FBI case against Mitchell’s organization began in the summer of 2015 in response to a spike in gang violence in the area—the result of the Bloods’ turf wars surrounding the drug trade. In January 2016, the task force initiated a court-ordered wiretap of Mitchell and others.

The evidence revealed that the organization was receiving large quantities of cocaine in the Triangle area—much of it shipped from California in containers used to package furniture—and that gang members were being used as distributors and enforcers.

During the three months the wiretap was in place, evidence showed that Mitchell and his associates distributed 23 kilos of cocaine. When the group members were arrested in April 2016, task force members seized 7.6 pounds of cocaine and 3.5 pounds of heroin. Also seized were weapons, kilo presses—which the traffickers used to form powder cocaine into bricks—and jewelry, including a $50,000 wristwatch.

The traffickers were charged federally with a variety of drug trafficking offenses, because federal sentencing guidelines provided lengthier prison terms than state charges. The nine members of the Maurio Mitchell Drug Trafficking Organization, all convicted in 2016 and 2017, were sentenced in October and December 2017.

“A lot of these guys have been known locally to law enforcement for their criminal activity, and many have significant records,” Thomas said. “We hope the federal charges and long prison terms in this case send the appropriate message to anyone with intentions to fill the criminal void they left behind.”

In addition to FBI and Durham Police Department personnel, members of the Raleigh-Durham Safe Streets Task Force include officers from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Also taking part in the Mitchell investigation were the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division.

“This was a great team effort,” Jessup said. “Dismantling the Maurio Mitchell organization made the community a safer place.”

Anti-Gentrification Advocates See Huge Victory in 4th District House Race

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Anti-Gentrification Advocates See Huge Victory in 4th District House Race

Delia Ramirez, along with other GIA-endorsed candidates Aaron Ortiz, Alma Anaya and more part of powerful anti-machine momentum across Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – This election night members of Grassroots Illinois Action, an independent political organization, celebrate the victory of Delia Ramirez for 4th District State Representative in the Democratic primary, as well as five Grassroots Illinois Action endorsed candidates leading against machine candidates at the time of this release.

Grassroots Illinois Action Humboldt Park Committee (GIA-HPA) has been organizing for the last four years in the heart of the 4th district around issues of community displacement and the need for greater investment in public neighborhood schools. GIA-HPA Members voted to endorse Delia in October and helped circulate petitions to get her on the ballot due to her strong support on these issues.

“Tonight is a win for residents concerned about the displacement and disinvestment we have seen in our community. Delia’s commitment to not take any campaign contributions from private developers, her support for lifting the state ban on rent control, and her incredibly deep roots in our community made a huge difference when talking with voters on the doors. We look forward to working with her on these issues which are so important to the people of our district,” said Felipe E. Hernandez, Steering Committee member of GIA-HPA.

Grassroots Illinois Action knocked over 20,000 doors in support of a progressive slate of candidates committed to fighting for working families. Other GIA endorsed candidates include: Aaron Ortiz for State Representative of the 1st District, Rob Martwick for State Representative of the 19th District, Brandon Johnson for Cook County Commissioner 1st District, Alma Anaya for Cook County Commissioner 7th District, and Ram Villivalam for State Senator of the 8th District.

Collaboraction Continues its Exploration of Racism and Racial Healing in Chicago With the World Premiere of a Blue Island in the Red Sea, April 12 – May 20, 2018

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Collaboraction Continues its Exploration of Racism and Racial Healing in Chicago With the World Premiere of a Blue Island in the Red Sea, April 12 – May 20, 2018
The cast/co-devisers of A Blue Island in the Red Sea includes (from left) Sean Patrick Leonard, Sam Campbell III, Ada Cheng, Dana N. Anderson, P. Tyler Nielsen, Shannon Leigh Webber, Marcus D. Moore, Uday Joshi (kneeling), Andrew Rios and Esme Perez (kneeling). Please credit photo: Joel Maisonet
CHICAGO, March 20, 2018 – Welcome to the Grand Opening of the new Chicago Racism Museum, where community leaders and residents are gathering for a multimedia – and meta-theatrical – exhibit that explores the history of racism in Chicago.
That’s the opening of A Blue Island in the Red Sea, a world premiere live theater docudrama that exposes the history Chicagoans often try to forget.
Performances are April 12-May 20, 2018 in The Pentagon at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Press opening is Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15-30; $5-$15 for students, educators and industry. For tickets and information, visit collaboraction.org or call (312) 226-9633.
After its successful tour of Encounter, a mixed medium festival about racism and racial healing that toured Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Hermosa, Austin and Englewood, Collaboraction continues to explore the harsh reality of systemic racism in Chicago with
A Blue Island in the Red Sea.
Collaboraction’s 2017-18 season finale is an original devised new work that presents a diverse cast of Chicagoans in a meta-theatrical live experience intended to open eyes and further the conversation about racism and racial healing in our city.
A Blue Island in the Red Sea, written and directed by Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, was created through open workshops in collaboration with a team of community members, actors and designers.
“The resulting work takes audiences on a whirlwind journey from the time before the city of Chicago was founded through the formation of the segregated city we know today,” explains Moseley. “Whether it’s Chicago’s history of locking up black and brown people, going all the way back to DuSable, or the inherent racism in the dress code today at Bottled Blonde, we are using theater to encourage an honest conversation about critical issues surrounding race to cultivate truth and transformation in the Windy City.”
Previews of A Blue Island in the Red Sea are Thursday through Saturday, April 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Press opening is Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. No show Thursday, April 19. Performances continue through May 20: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Industry nights are Monday, May 7 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
From left, both photos: Collaboraction Artistic Director Anthony with Managing Director
Dr. Marcus Robinson at Encounter festival talk-backs in Englewood and Hermosa earlier this year.
Collaboraction Managing Director Dr. Marcus Robinson will bring his deep experience in community development, social justice, and transformation to lead the post-show fireside conversation after every show. Audiences at Collaboraction are often a mix of people with power and privilege, sitting along side those who experience social injustice every day. So expect these conversations, led by a proud resident of Englewood, to pop.
The cast/co-devisers of A Blue Island in the Red Sea includes (top row, from left) Dana N. Anderson,
Sam Campbell III, Ada Cheng, Uday Joshi, Sean Patrick Leonard, (bottom, from left) Marcus D. Moore, P. Tyler Nielsen, Esme Perez, Andrew Rios and Shannon Leigh Webber. (Photos by Joel Maisonet)
The cast/co-devisers of A Blue Island in the Red Sea are Dana N. Anderson, Sam Campbell III, Ada Cheng, Uday Joshi, Sean Patrick Leonard, Marcus D. Moore, P. Tyler Nielsen, Esme Perez, Andrew Rios, and Shannon Leigh Webber.
Designers are Jose Manuel Diaz-Soto (Scenic Design), Elsa Hiltner (Costume Design), Levert Wilkins and Jeremy Getz (Lighting Design), Liviu Pasare and Parker Langvardt (Video Design), John Nichols (Sound Design) and Katy Vest (Properties Design).
The production team includes Sarah Moeller (Producer), Noelle Hedges-Goettl (Production Manager), Caitlin Body (Stage Manager), Genevieve Fowler (Assistant Director), Nate Ferguson (Script Supervisor), Giulianna Marchese (Dramaturg), Manny Ortiz (Technical Director), Chas Mathieu (Scenic Painter and Assistant Scenic Design), Becs Bartle (Master Electrician) and Sunniva Holmlund (Assistant Stage Manager).
“I’ve made it one of my new goals, after five years of going into the neighborhoods making theater with and for communities affected by violence through docudrama theater to now come back to white Chicago and talk to white Chicagoans, that’s my dream: that white people will wake up and understand that they’ve benefited greatly from the racism and that it’s time for them to come full circle and become part of the solution.” – Anthony Moseley, Artistic Director, Collaboraction
Anthony Moseley (writer, director) has been the Executive Artistic Director of Collaboraction Theatre Company since 1999 and has produced over 60 productions, 17 festivals and numerous other artistic productions. He has led the company’s transformation from a Chicago storefront into a change agent that uses original, devised theatre and deep community collaboration to cultivate knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action around critical social issues. In 2013, he co-devised and directed Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, a docudrama about the root causes of violence in Chicago, which drew on over 250 sources. The show, and its subsequent four sequels, toured Chicago for three years. During its 125 performances, it reached over 25,000 Chicagoans. Each performance also featured dance battle tournaments, free community meals and town hall discussions. Anthony then initiated Collaboraction’s annual Peacebook festival, a collection of 24 world premiere pieces featuring over 235 artists, which opens at the Goodman Theatre each year before touring the city. In 2014, he co-wrote, co-directed and acted in This is Not a Cure For Cancer, an existential dramedy inspired by his father’s battle with cancer. He wrote and directed Connected, a show exploring our relationship with technology. Moseley is also a collaborative partner with his wife and soul-mate, Chicago artist Sandra Delgado.
About Collaboraction
Collaboraction (collaboraction.org), Chicago’s social contemporary theater, continues its tradition of provocative and powerful world premieres that take on Chicago’s most pressing social issues with A Blue Island in the Red Sea.
Collaboraction collaborates with a diverse community of Chicagoans, artists and community activists to create original theatrical experiences that push artistic boundaries and explore critical social issues. Collaboraction has worked with more than 3,000 artists to bring more than 60 productions and events to more than 100,000 audience members. Collaboraction is led by Artistic Director Anthony Moseley, Managing Director Dr. Marcus Robinson, a company of 20 talented Chicago theater artists, and a dedicated staff and board of directors.
Collaboraction is the resident theatre company in the Flat Iron Arts Building,
1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., at the epicenter of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. The company’s collective three-space venue, Collaboraction Studios, includes The Pentagon, The Vault and The Salon, encompassing 8,000 square feet on the third floor of the historic building. Collaboraction Studios is home to Collaboraction’s productions, the work of its Teen Peacemakers Ensemble in partnership with After School Matters, as well as a wide variety of visiting Chicago theater and dance companies and comedy groups. Collaboraction Studios are also the home of Collaboraction For-Hire, which creates custom special event design for private, corporate and civic clients, including the Art Institute, the City of Chicago and many more.
Collaboraction’s vision is to utilize theatre to cultivate theater, dialogue and action around our most critical social issues throughout Chicago. For the past five years, Collaboraction has partnered with the Chicago Park District through their Nights Out in the Parks program to cultivate relationships and theater in Englewood, Austin and Hermosa through the Crime Scene, Peacebook and Encounter tours.
Other production highlights include Sarah Moeller’s Forgotten Future: The Education Project; 15 years of the SKETCHBOOK Festival; the Chicago premiere of 1001 by Jason Grote; the world premiere of Jon by George Saunders and directed by Seth Bockley; and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow: an instant message with excitable music by Rolin Jones.
Collaboraction is supported by The Chicago Community Trust, The Joyce Foundation, DCASE and the Wicker Park & Bucktown SSA #33 Chamber of Commerce. This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
For more, visit collaboraction.org, follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube or Instagram, or call the Collaboraction box office, (312) 226-9633.
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Refunding $10 Million After Tech Support Scam

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Refunding $10 Million After Tech Support Scam

By Bridget Small

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC


The FTC is mailing partial refunds to about 37,000 people who bought unnecessary tech support products and services from Inbound Call Experts, also known as Advanced Tech Support. People are eligible for refunds if they bought the company’s products and services between April 2012 and November 2014, and filed a refund claim with the FTC before October 27, 2017.

According to the FTC, the company’s telemarketers tricked thousands of people into buying unnecessary products and services by pretending there was something wrong with their computers. As part of a settlement with the FTC, the company paid $10 million, which the FTC is using for refunds.

The FTC refund checks will come by postal mail. You never have to pay to get a refund from the FTC. If someone contacts you and asks you to pay, it’s a scam. Please report that at FTC.gov/complaint.

For more information about FTC’s refund programs, visit ftc.gov/refunds.

Sol Flores on Election Results: “…There is No Doubt in My Mind That we Need More Diverse Voices at the Table…”

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Sol Flores on Election Results: “…There is No Doubt in My Mind That we Need More Diverse Voices at the Table…”

Sol Flores’ Statement:

“I congratulate Commissioner Garcia on his historic election as the Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Luis Gutierrez in the 4th Congressional District. I am confident that he will serve our community well,” said Sol Flores. “I am humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last three months. I raised my hand to run because I believed Congress needs someone from my gender and my generation and with my experience in the community if we are going to change the culture and the policies that affect women and families. I have dedicated my life’s work to serving young people and families, and I will continue to fight for the issues our community cares about: affordable and accessible health care, equal pay for women, immigration reform, and so much more. There is no doubt in my mind that we need more diverse voices at the table, and I will continue to encourage women, especially women of color, to raise their hands like I did to fight for the issues we care about.”


Sol Flores was born and raised in Chicago by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and worked hard to climb out of poverty. By age 13, Sol was working to help support her family and eventually pay her way through college. Fifteen years ago, Sol gave up a business career to create La Casa Norte, a nonprofit organization that provides services to thousands of homeless Latino and African American youth and families. Sol was recognized by the Obama White House as a national Champion of Change for her work. Sol also serves on the boards of the Latino Policy Forum, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Chicago Low Income Housing Trust Fund and Kuumba Lynx. She is an appointed member of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. Sol was endorsed by Emily’s List, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines PAC, PODER PAC, NOW PAC and Illinois NOW as well as State Senators Toi Hutchinson and Iris Martinez, State Representatives Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz, and Ann Williams, Aldermen Deb Mell and Ameya Pawar, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, and Committeeman Lucy Moog.

CTU-Endorsed Candidates Victorious in Historic Triumph for Progressive Political Agenda

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on CTU-Endorsed Candidates Victorious in Historic Triumph for Progressive Political Agenda

Eleven of 13 wins, two from CTU members, were in fiercely competitive, contested races for state representative, state senator, Illinois attorney general and Cook County board


CHICAGO, ILAfter Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed a record 50 schools in Black and Latinx neighborhoods in 2013, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said that the CTU would organize to change our city and county’s political landscape. Two years later, Emanuel was forced into a runoff, along with 18 aldermen, and CTU member and school counselor Susan Sadlowski Garza was elected alderman of the 10th Ward.

Last night, former mayoral contender, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, was elected to Congress by a margin of more than 40 percent. CTU organizer and former Jenner Academy of the Arts and Westinghouse College Prep teacher Brandon Johnson defeated incumbent corporate lobbyist Richard Boykin to become Cook County Commissioner of the 1st District; community organizer Delia Ramirez won handily in the 4th District of the Illinois House, defeating three opponents to replace retiring State Rep. Cynthia Soto; and CTU member and Back of the Yards College Prep college counselor Aaron Ortiz defeated Dan Burke, the long-standing incumbent in the 1st District of the Illinois House, despite support from his brother, Ald. Ed Burke, who runs one of the oldest and most politically powerful ward operations in the city.

“What unites every one of these candidates is their commitment to public education, and their vow to put people before profits and the needs of the many before the greed of the few,” CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said. “We are proud that our members chose to support and put sweat equity into these campaigns, and we look forward to advancing this progressive wave in Chicago and across the state in November.”

Last night’s victories were the result of years of organizing for a just and equitable city and county, as educators, parents and public education activists drew a line in the sand following Mayor Emanuel’s mass school closings five years ago. Since then, coalitions have worked to build a solid infrastructure to push past the politics and policies that shield billionaires like Gov. Bruce Rauner from paying their fair share; defeat the lie of right-to-work promulgated by right-wing ideologues; dispute the unfair characterizations of retirement security; and support the need for democracy in Chicago Public Schools.

Last night’s victories were about the people who need public schools and the county health care system fully funded and resourced. Voters in Chicago and Cook County pushed back on austerity—and won.

CTU rank-and-file members interviewed, endorsed and worked tirelessly for candidates who respect and support public educators, and demand that the rich pay their fair share of taxes. These champions of public education are prepared to fight in Chicago, across Cook County and downstate in Springfield for the rights and dignity of our students, their families and the future of all of Chicago’s people, not just a handful of wealthy elites. Among the CTU-endorsed winners are:

  • Bridget Degnan, Cook County Board Commissioner in the 12th District
  • Incumbent County Board Commissioner Larry Suffredin in the 13th District
  • State Sen. Kwame Raoul, an advocate for public education, who triumphed in his primary race for Illinois Attorney General
  • State Rep. Theresa Mah, who ran uncontested in Illinois House District 2
  • Lamont Robinson in Illinois House District 5
  • Rep. Sonya Harper, who ran uncontested in the 6th District
  • Incumbent State Rep. Kelly Cassidy in the 14th District
  • 19th District State Rep. Robert Martwick
  • Incumbent State Rep. Mary Flowers in the 31st District
  • 8th District Illinois Senate candidate and labor activist Ram Villivalam, who handily beat three opponents, including incumbent Sen. Ira Silverstein

Each of these candidates supports an elected, representative school board, fair and adequate funding for public education across the state, and a progressive income tax that will end the financial burdens that have put so many Illinois residents on their heels. Their victory is a victory for our students, their families and all of Chicago’s residents.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

Attorney General Madigan Urges Congress to Protect Long-Time Residents From Haiti & El Salvador

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Attorney General Madigan Urges Congress to Protect Long-Time Residents From Haiti & El Salvador


Madigan & 18 Other Attorneys General Send Letter to House, Senate Leaders Advocating for Bill to Allow Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries to Remain

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 18 other attorneys general, sent a letter urging congressional leaders to protect long-time residents of the United States from being forced to return to dangerous conditions in Haiti, El Salvador and other countries. The letter urges Congress to pass a bill allowing recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from Haiti, El Salvador and other nations to adjust to permanent resident status.

“Congress must act to protect people who fled extreme hardship and are now contributing to communities across the United States,” Madigan said.

Federal law provides for TPS, which offers temporary lawful status to foreign nationals in the United States from countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary conditions that temporarily prevent their safe return. The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a particular country for TPS for periods of 6 to 18 months, and can extend these periods if conditions do not improve sufficiently in the designated country.

Recently, the Secretary of Homeland Security decided to terminate TPS designations for Haiti and El Salvador. Haitians were granted TPS status in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti and devastated the nation’s already-fragile economy, infrastructure, health system and government. El Salvadorians were granted TPS status in 2001, following a series of natural disasters and ensuing economic and political crises. The designations have been renewed regularly for both groups because previous presidential administrations have found the countries could not ensure sufficient safety for returning nationals.

Madigan and the other attorneys general said thousands of people who were not able to return to their home countries because of natural disasters or armed conflicts live in their states. Over the intervening years, these foreign nationals have become integral members of their communities, having bought homes, started businesses, married, and had children who are U.S. citizens.

“The thousands of TPS beneficiaries who reside in our states are long-time residents who have made substantial contributions to our communities and economies,” the letter notes, adding that TPS beneficiaries have more than 275,000 U.S.-born children and contribute more than $4.5 billion to the United States’ gross domestic product.

The termination of TPS for these nations will put hundreds of thousands of people in the difficult position of choosing whether to return to their countries of origin, with or without their children, when their home countries may not be in the position to receive them.

Joining Madigan in sending the letter were the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

WalletHub Study: Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in the Country

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on WalletHub Study: Illinois Has the Highest Tax Rates in the Country

From: Diana Popa, wallethub

With Tax Day looming large and sweeping tax reform passed in recent months, WalletHub today released its 2018 Taxpayer Survey as well as its yearly Tax Rates by State report in order to help people better understand this confusing time of year. WalletHub’s Taxpayer Survey features a wide range of fun facts about people’s opinions on tax prep, the IRS and more, while the tax rate report compares the cost of the average person’s various obligations in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Surprisingly, WalletHub found that states with no income tax aren’t always the cheapest overall, as they tend to have higher sales and property taxes.

You can find highlights from both below, followed by the full list of WalletHub’s 2018 taxpayer resources:

Tax Rates in Illinois (1=Lowest; 25=Avg.):

  • 51st – Overall Effective State & Local Tax Rate
  • 30th – Income Tax
  • 50th – Real-Estate Tax
  • 27th – Sales & Excise Taxes

2018 Taxpayer Survey

  • Fewer than 4 in 10 people are happy with President Trump’s tax reforms. 69% of people think the reforms are better for corporations than consumers, and 67% think they benefit the rich more than the middle class.
  • 90% of people think the government currently does not spend their tax dollars wisely.
  • 30% of people say making a math mistake is their biggest Tax Day fear, edging out not having enough money (29%) atop the list.
  • 37% of people would move to a different country for a tax-free future. 24% would get an “IRS” tattoo, 22% would switch political parties, and 15% would take a vow of celibacy.
  • 29% of people like their in-laws more than the IRS, 13% prefer cold showers, and 9% would take a traffic jam.

WalletHub’s 2018 Taxpayer Resources

  1. What To Do If You Can’t Pay
  2. Pros & Cons Of Paying With Credit
  3. Tax Scams & Tips for Avoiding Them
  4. Last-Minute Tax Tips
  5. Property Taxes by State

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a phone, Skype or in-studio interview with one of our experts. Full data sets for specific states and the District are also available upon request.


Eric Garner’s Death Avenges in New Comic Book Series

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 Comments Off on Eric Garner’s Death Avenges in New Comic Book Series

Nubian Man Avenges Deaths of the Nubian People

By Bryson Bone

Nubian Man

Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — Created by Jersey-born writer, Zinc Nguvu, and illustrator Terry Brown of Lexington, Kentucky in response to the unjust killings of African-Americans by police and racists across the country, the Nubian Man series (www.TheNubianMan.com) promises to take the comic book universe by storm but online first.

“I wanted everyone to know the origin of Nubian Man and his mission foremost. It’s because of all of the killings,” Nguvu says. However, he made clear, “Tamir Rice is what really pushed me over the edge from an emotional perspective. I cried because I knew there was going to be no justice, and another black life would have been taken senselessly. That was when the creative juices started flowing. Within twenty four hours later, I wrote the overview of the Nubian Man concept.”

By day, Nubian Man is Director of African-American Studies of Brooklyn’s Harry Jeffries University, a school named in honor of his grandfather located at 1650 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. At night he’s out avenging the deaths of the Nubian people.

The first edition of the online comic series is titled “R.I.P. Eric Garner,” associated with the 2014 police choking death of unarmed African-American and Staten Island resident, Eric Garner,-whose famous last words “I CAN’T BREATH,” became a national slogan among activists protesting police brutality.

The story can be read for free at www.thenubianman.com. There will be additional releases in May and September which will complete season one. The first physical comic book will release December 1, 2018 which will consist of all three stories from season one. Starting season 2 there will be four stories released then the pattern will follow from then on.

Nguvu resides in Newark, New Jersey, just a mere fifteen miles away from the Staten Island block where Garner took his last breath. He plans to use the Nubian Man series as an empowering tool as well as an informative vehicle.

“I’m really looking to serve the communities. We have an apparel line called Nubian Wear on www.TheNubianMan.com. Any nonprofit organization that is addressing literacy or the arts in the inner city for the youth will be able to benefit from our efforts,” he says. “We believe Nubian Man has the potential to become an inner-city classic, especially with the social ramifications it has. The most important aspect of Nubian Man is that it’d keep the memories alive of all the brothers and sisters who’ve been killed.”

Nguvu gives an extended invitation: “If you stand against any unjust decisions by the court system and racists that have caused a Nubian life to be taken without reciprocity, then you too can be a part of the NUBIAN nation!”

Contact: NubianManCSR@gmail.com to book Zinc Nguvu’s lecture, Introducing Nubian Man, A Hero Spawned from Social Injustice.

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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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