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Archive for May, 2018

NAACP Critical of NFL Gag Order on Protesting Police Brutality

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NFL Racist?BALTIMORE, MD — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding the National Football League (NFL) owners decision to ban kneeling on the field by players as symbolic protests against the unfair treatment of African-Americans.

“Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals. Instead of coming together to address an issue disproportionately plaguing the African-American, the NFL owners have chosen to bury their heads and silence players. Players cannot disconnect from the aggression African-Americans face every day.  Just a few weeks ago, an NFL player was stopped by police and accused of being a gang member. Others including Michael Bennett have experienced dangerous and threatening experiences at the hands of police.

“The issue of police brutality remains a pressing issue when 408 people have been killed by police this year. Black men are almost three times more likely to be killed by the use of deadly force than White men.  Despite the annual killing of approximately 1,000 people by police, in a 12-year period, only 28 police officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty killing.

“The NAACP supports and commends the athletes in the NFL, NBA, and WNBA who refuse to stay quiet and just play ball – they stand strong with all people who continue to fight for social justice.”

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own Homes

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own HomesFree event sponsored by National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the Dearborn Realtist Board to uncloak the home buying process and help raise Chicago Black homeownership rates.

Washington, DC  –  Latest available *analyzed mortgage lending data indicates that Black American residents comprising 30.9% of the City of Chicago’s population, received only 5,032 (8.7%) of new mortgage loans.  In contrast, Whites representing just over 32% of the city’s population received 32,782 (57%) of all new mortgages. 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the nation’s oldest minority real estate trade group is working to change this statistical landscape through accessible and accurate information about homeownership directed toward Black consumers. On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Black Chicago area residents are invited to attend NAREB’s Community Wealth Building Day to learn from lenders, government officials, and housing counselors how to build wealth through homeownership and understand that a home purchase is within reach. The free event, held in conjunction with NAREB’s local chapter, the Dearborn Realtist Board and NID Housing Counseling Agency takes place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

“The Chicago mortgage lending disparity is beyond startling. Think how many of the city’s neighborhoods could be revitalized if more Black residents knew they could purchase homes. The city’s tax base would increase, more businesses could thrive in owner-occupied neighborhoods, and they would become desirable places to live, and raise families. At the same time, homeownership improves economic futures for Black American residents,” said Jeffrey Hicks, President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Consumers can expect to hear and talk to experts about: purchase assistance funds; understanding the mortgage process; what to expect from a lender and what questions to ask; the impact of student loans on mortgage loans; solving bad credit issues; the value of home ownership counseling, along with other key topics. Consumers are encouraged to ask questions from the experts to get the answers they need about home purchase or real estate investment strategies. The first 100 people at Community Wealth Building Day will receive a free credit report and an assessment.

“We are thrilled to offer the community an opportunity to take control of their financial destiny by getting the tools they need to become a homeowner and build equity for their family,” said Jones. “Many people can afford a home based on the rent they pay, but they don’t have those tools in place to get on that path, such as improving their credit score, saving for a down payment and mining the homebuying process; we will help them develop these skills so they walk out of our event with the mindset of becoming a homeowner.” 

Special guests speaking at the lunch program include: Congressman Danny Davis, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Alderman Michael Scott, Cook County Land Bank Authority Executive Director Rob Rose and others, in addition to remarks from two event sponsors, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 

The day kicks off with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. opening the Vendor Showcase and admittance to the consumer information sessions, the Clergy Roundtable, and complimentary lunch for all attendees. Families are encouraged to bring their children to have fun in the Kids Zone, which includes, face painting, music and more. Throughout the day, event participants can register for prizes including a washer/dryer combo, flat screen TVs and other giveaways as they interact with Community Wealth Building Day exhibitors. 

“NAREB has started a movement, our 2 Million New Black Homeowners program to establish a new wealth building platform for Black Americans, nationwide.  The program is not only our commitment, but our responsibility and obligation to our community.  That’s why we’re bringing this consume-focused event to Chicago,” Hicks added.

For more information and to register for the FREE Community Wealth Building Day, sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/communitywealthbuilding2018.

 

* Latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for Chicago analyzed by LendingPatterns™, an online HMDA data analysis software program developed by ComplianceTech.

 

About NAREB: 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 to secure the right to equal housing opportunities for all regardless of race, creed, or color.  NAREB has 90 chapters located nationwide and publishes annually The State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) Report. Visit www.nareb.com for more information. Or call 301-552-9340.

About Dearborn Realtist Board

The Dearborn Realtist Board is the oldest African American real estate trade association. Established in 1941, the area where African Americans resided was a community in Chicago called Dearborn, which stemmed from 22nd St. on the north, south to 63rd St., east to the Lake and west to Wentworth St. This area is where our founding Presidents established their office, and the name Dearborn Realtist Board was formed. The Dearborn Realtist mantra is “Democracy in Housing”. We are at the forefront of economic development in housing in the African American community.                     

Detention of Dozens at Chicago Day Labor Corner Prompts Citywide Response

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

As immigration raids continue to escalate under the Trump administration and target Chicagoans’ workplaces, immigrants pledge to expose ICE misconduct and make ‘every corner a Sanctuary’

The Rally and a press conference exposing the continued pattern of racial profiling and violation of civil and constitutional rights in recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting of day laborer workplaces, orchestrated by Chicago ICE Director Ricardo Wong was held yesterday. Community members shared  information on how people can organize to protect themselves from ICE.

The rally was held at 47th Street and Western Blvd (between Advance Auto Parts and the BP gas station), the site of a Saturday raid where dozens of workers were detained.

Immigrant families and community residents, including the families of day laborers targeted by the recent ICE raid were there. In addition, members of the Latino Union of Chicago, PASO, Organized Communities Against Deportations also attended.

On Saturday, ICE agents detained between 20 and 40 day laborers and community residents at the hiring site, where dozens of workers gather to connect with employers each week.

Evidence gathered by community members shows that the operation was part of a string of dozens of raids targeting immigrants’ homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces.

Community members will rally to call out ICE’s tactics and support the right of day laborers and all community members to seek work without fear of being racially profiled.

“Our communities need sanctuary, not surveillance,” said Latino Union Executive Director Analía Rodríguez. “We will hold ICE accountable for terrorizing our communities. We will continue organizing until all day labor corners, all neighborhoods and all members of our community are safe from the abusive, lawless actions of ICE agents.”

Anyone who is targeted by ICE or whose loved ones have been detained is encouraged to call 1-855-HELP-MY-FAMILY.

One of the organizations involved in answering the raid-related calls, Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD), states, “We must remember that we have tools to fight back. We come from a long history of resistance against the harm inflicted in our communities by deportations, ICE and all other law enforcement agencies. We will continue to stay vigilant. We will continue to organize and fight back. We will continue to resist the targeting and separation of our communities,” said Reyna Wences, Organizer at OCAD.

Visuals: Day laborers with tools and work clothes; signs showing what number community members should call if they see an immigration raid occurring; and dozens of community members from Latino Union, Organized Communities Against Deportations, PASO and other community organizations

The Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions.

PASO – West Suburban Action Project (Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste) is a community-based social justice organization that works to engage community members to address issues that affect them, their families, and neighbors with the mission to build stronger communities where all residents can live dignified lives regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic or immigration status.

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is an undocumented-led group that organizes against deportations, detention, criminalization, and incarceration, of Black, brown, and immigrant communities in Chicago and surrounding areas. Follow us at @OCAD_CHI

Alderman Moore Honors Veterans During South Side Memorial Day Parade

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Happy Memorial Day!Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes

Chicago, IL  – 17th Ward Alderman David Moore hosts the South Side Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 18.  This year the parade returns for its second year to pay homage to Community Veterans and War Time heroes who often times feel forgotten about. Attendees are in for a treat as the parade includes dignitaries, notables and more.

The parade and celebration kicks off from the beautiful St. Leo Veteran’s Home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood (7750 S. Emerald Ave Chicago, IL).

This year’s keynote speaker is Useni Eugene Perkins, Poet, Playwright and Author of “Hey Black Child”. Headliners include the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and The Tuskegee Airmen of the Dodo Chapter. The parade’s Grand Marshals and honorees include Allan Streeter, Korean War Hero and former 17th Ward Alderman, Estelle Long, WWII Veteran and Luis Watson, WWII Veteran of the 2664 Civilian Conservation Corps. Chicago’s own Military Academy JROTC will be leading as color guard; the parade precession will include Final Phaze Dance Team, Oglesby School Performing Arts and Tea With A Queen Girl Scouts Troop #25674.

“This event is aimed at showing appreciation to our veterans for their courage, service and most of all sacrifices made to defend our country. This parade is the opportunity to shed light on our neighborhood heroes in which our youth can look up to and connect with heroes who serve and protect our country. The parade also sheds light and positivity on the amazing memorial day programs happening throughout Chicago,” says Alderman David Moore.

Immediately preceding the parade will be a wreath ceremony at the Veteran Garden led by Alderman Moore and Useni Eugen Perkins to salute the slain veterans.

Order of Events:
Lineup: 9am at St. Leo’s Residence For Veterans (7750 S. Emerald Ave)
10am Parade Step-Off
11am Wreath Ceremony Lineup

Parade Route: 

  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. South to 79th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 79th S. Emerald West to 79th S. Halsted Street
  • 79th S. Halsted Street North to 76th S. Halsted Street
  • 76th S. Halsted Street East to 76th S. Emerald Ave.
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76th S. Emerald Ave. South to 77th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. to St. Leo Veterans Garden (7750 S. Emerald Ave)

For Press Contact: Rashanah Baldwin, Baldwin Media Group
Phone: 312-566-8647
Baldwinmediagroup@gmail.com

Investment Adviser Arrested For Stealing Millions From Clients

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NEWARK, N.J. – A former broker and investment adviser was arrested today for allegedly stealing more than $2.1 million from two clients in order to pay for personal expenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Gary Basralian, 70, of Springfield, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with two counts of wire fraud and one count of investment adviser fraud. Basralian was arrested earlier today at his home and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

From 1989 through December 2017, Basralian was registered with an investment adviser and broker dealer referred to in the complaint as “Securities Firm A.”

From August 2007 through November 2017, Basralian, while serving in his capacity as an investment adviser, misappropriated at least $738,000 from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 1” and at least $1.4 million from a client identified in the complaint as “Victim 2.”

Basralian said he would invest these funds in brokerage accounts at Securities Firm A or in real estate and high-interest loans, and manage them on behalf of the victims. However, Basralian used the victims’ money to fund his own personal expenditures, including BMW payments and tens of thousands of dollars in credit card bills.

Victim 1 routinely provided funds to investment accounts managed by Basralian at Securities Firm A. At Basralian’s direction, Victim 1 eventually began addressing checks to “Masters Financial” based on Basralian‘s representations that the checks would ultimately be deposited into her investment accounts at Securities Firm A. Instead, the funds were deposited into an account controlled by Basralian, which he used for personal expenses.

In 2009, Basralian began wiring funds from Victim 2’s investment account at Securities Firm A into various accounts that he controlled and used the proceeds for his own benefit. When Victim 2 asked why her account at Securities Firm A had diminished in value, Basralian sent her a phony spreadsheet showing that her money was being invested as loans to various companies that would be paid back with interest.

Each of the wire fraud counts carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The investment adviser fraud count carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

On May 22, 2018, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, within the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General, issued a Summary Revocation Order against Basralian that revoked his agent and investment adviser representative registrations.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Ruth M. Mendonca, and Special Agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie, with the investigation leading to today’s charges. He also thanked the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, under the direction of Bureau Chief Christopher Gerold, for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Courtney Howard of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

The charges and allegations in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Source: FBI

Timeshare Resale Scheme Preyed on Older Adults

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

If you’re thinking about selling your timeshare through a resale company, research the company first. Read about this recent FTC case against Pro Timeshare Resales, and you’ll know why.

Timeshare Resales is a Florida-based company that called people – many of whom were older adults – and promised to sell their timeshare properties. The company often said it had a buyer in mind and that the sale would occur quickly. Once the timeshare owner agreed, the company would charge an up-front fee, usually of $500 to $2,500.

But, according to the FTC, the company did not sell the property quickly – or even at all. Often, it would ask for additional fees and refuse to grant refunds.

As result of its FTC settlement, Pro Timeshare Resales is now banned from timeshare resale services and telemarketing. It’s not allowed to make misrepresentations or collect any more payments for their timeshare services. Plus, it agreed to surrender more than $3 million.

How can you avoid timeshare resale scams? Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Check out the reseller. Contact the State Attorney General and local consumer protection agencies in the state where the reseller is located. Ask if they have any complaints on file. You can also search online for complaints.
  • Ask about fees. It’s better to do business with a reseller that takes fees after the timeshare is sold. If you must pay a fee in advance, get refund policies in writing.
  • Get everything in writing. Read the contract carefully to make sure it matches promises you’ve been given verbally. It should include the services the reseller will perform, plus any fees you must pay and when. If the deal isn’t what you expected or wanted, don’t sign the contract.

For more information, check out Timeshares and Vacation Plans. And, if you’ve been a victim of a scam, report it to the FTC.

 

Florida Appeals Court Halts Order for State to Revamp Voter Restoration System…and More

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The Sentencing Project

Disenfranchisement News

Florida

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked U.S. District Judge Walker’s order requiring Governor Rick Scott and the other members of the Board of Executive Clemency to revamp the state’s voter restoration process. Judge Walker had ruled that Florida’s system of restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions is arbitrary and violates First Amendment rights to free expression and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment. He gave the state until April 26th to create a new system.

The state appealed and the court ruled in a 2-1 decision to put Judge Walker’s decision on hold. “The Fourteenth Amendment expressly empowers the states to abridge a convicted felon’s right to vote,” appellate Judge Stanley Marcus wrote in a majority opinion. “Binding precedent holds that the governor has broad discretion to grant and deny clemency, even when the applicable regime lacks any standards.” In a dissent, Judge Beverly Martin wrote, “This unbridled discretion is not just concerning when it confronts expressive and associational freedoms traditionally protected by the First Amendment, but also when it threatens the right to vote.”

Two of the three Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi have said that they support Bondi and Gov. Scott’s legal approach to defending the state’s rights restoration process. Democrats running for the position oppose the legal battle and support the November voting rights amendment, which would automatically restore voting rights to some people with felony convictions upon completion of their sentence.

Indiana

Lawsuit seeks damages for people who were denied the right to vote while in jail

A class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 150 people who were denied the right to vote in the November 2016 election while they were incarcerated in Allen County Jail. Indiana prohibits individuals serving a felony sentence from voting, but the majority of people in the Allen County Jail were held pre-trial or were serving misdemeanor sentences. The suit claims that Sheriff David Gladieux refused to offer absentee ballots or any other avenue for voting to the eligible incarcerated voters. Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they believe this is the first class-action lawsuit that is seeking monetary damages for incarcerated people being denied the right to vote.

Louisiana

State expands voting rights to many people on felony probation and parole

The Legislature recently passed a bill to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole after a five year waiting period. According to The Sentencing Project, there are 70,000 people on felony probation and parole in Louisiana. Currently, the state restores voting rights once individuals fully complete their probation and parole sentence. Because the bill requires individuals to wait five years before their rights can be restored, not all individuals on supervision will immediately have their right to vote restored. The average time on parole supervision is 6.9 years.

It took three tries for Rep. Patricia Smith, the sponsor of House Bill 265, to get the original bill out of the House. Lawmakers told Smith they had received calls from district attorneys asking them to vote against the bill. The bill earned bipartisan support in the Senate and was approved on a 24-13 vote. Governor John Bel Edwards said he intends to sign the bill into law. Once signed, the change will take effect on March 1, 2019.

New York

Gov. Cuomo restores voting rights to 35,000 people on parole

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to grant voting rights to 35,000 people in New York State under parole supervision. The current state law bars people in prison and on parole supervision from voting. The Sentencing Project estimates that 45% of the beneficiaries of Gov. Cuomo’s order are African Americans who are disproportionately impacted by felony disenfranchisement laws. The executive order offers conditional pardons to people on parole, but the pardons will not erase their conviction or any other conditions of their parole. Gov. Cuomo said that he will continue to issue conditional pardons to new people who enter the parole system.

Progressive Democrats have pushed to restore voting rights to people on parole but have been blocked by Senate Republicans and conservative Democrats, according to The Nation. Gov. Cuomo’s order is a temporary solution that could be halted when a new governor enters office. “Restricting voting rights is deeply problematic for a democratic society and compounds the social isolation of formerly incarcerated persons from their communities,” The Sentencing Project’s Marc Mauer said in a statement regarding the announcement. “I urge the legislature to affirm the governor’s executive order by enacting legislation to expand voting.”

International Perspective

Majority of nations view incarcerated people as “full human beings”

Disenfranchisement policies in the U.S. are far more restrictive than in comparable nations, according to a recent People’s Policy Project article by Emmitt Sanders, a researcher and community activist who spent more than 22 years in Illinois prisons. And of the countries that do impose a voting ban, this is almost always solely limited to the period of incarceration with automatic restoration upon release.

“Today, 26 European nations at least partially protect their incarcerated citizens’ right to vote, while 18 countries grant prisoners the vote regardless of the offense,” writes Sanders. Germany, Norway, and Portugal remove voting rights only from people convicted of crimes that target the “integrity of the state” or “constitutionally protected democratic order.” Both Canada and South Africa allow people in prison to vote. Britain had a blanket ban on voting for people in prison, but the European Court of Human Rights ruled that it was a violation of human rights. After 12 years of fighting with the Court’s decision, the UK changed its ban to allow voting rights for incarcerated people on temporary release and at home under curfew.

Despite growing international support for the idea that voting should not be abridged due to a criminal conviction, only two states—Maine and Vermont—allow people in prison to participate in elections. However, there is a growing momentum for states to view incarcerated people as “full human beings,” writes Sanders. “As someone who spent over 22 years of my life denied the right to vote because of my incarceration, this would be a most welcome development.”

PHEN Entertains and Educates With “Daddy Boys” Stage Play

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One of the largest and most successful community-based events for prostate cancer education and awareness

Daddy's Boys Stage Play

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network) presented the Daddy’s Boys stage play on May 12th at the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, MD before an audience of more than 1,000. With an educational workshop and prostate cancer screening held prior to the play, this was a highly successful community based prostate cancer education and awareness event.”

This was a Broadway caliber play, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing production with a great message. PHEN and Garrett Davis productions have shifted the paradigm enabling them to meet the needs of more people through creative ministry,” says Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, Reid Temple’s Senior Pastor.

Rev. Joseph Deck, III, Senior Minister to Men at Reid Temple who led the efforts at Reid to host the play states, “As Minister to Men, I witnessed after the workshop and play, men and caregivers moving from victimization and fear to empowerment and courage! Our Partnership with PHEN has been life giving to Reid Temple.”

Daddy’s Boys is the latest health-oriented presentation by playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to minority health issues. The PHEN/Davis collaboration builds on Davis’ established portfolio of stage productions that highlight diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease among other issues.

 

PHEN is touring Daddy’s Boys nationally with the support of partners including Astellas, Amgen, Accuray, Bayer, Pfizer Oncology, Genomic Health, Myriad and Janssen Oncology. PHEN works with its network of church partners to host and promote the play within their communities. The performances are free of charge to the public.

“The Daddy’s Boys play enables us to use entertainment to attract thousands more people to educate about prostate cancer and this will impact their actions and help save more lives,” according to Thomas Farrington, Founder and President of the Prostate Health Education Network and an 18-year prostate cancer survivor.

“The play was outstanding and very informative. Often family members feel left out and hurt when they discover that a loved one has kept life changing information from them. I feel the members of the cast did an excellent job of showing how families can and should come together to address medical concerns,” says Abraham Parks who attended Daddy’s Boys at Reid Temple.

PHEN will next present Daddy’s Boys at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA on June 9th where the Rev. Dr. Lance Watson is the Senior Pastor. For more information about the play and for free tickets visit www.daddysboys.net

 

About PHEN
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading prostate cancer patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American families. Based in Quincy MA, PHEN is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2003. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all men. Black men are diagnosed at a rate 60% higher with a death rate 130% higher than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. PHEN provides education and awareness about the disease towards eliminating this disparity. For more details, visit www.prostatehealthed.org

 

About Reid Temple AME Church
Reid Temple AME Church, led by Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, is one church in three locations in DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) with a growing community of faith of over 15, 000 members. Reid Temple Men’s Ministry is a dynamic and innovative ministry of 8,000 men strong who demonstrate an unshakable faith in God.


Churches and other organizations that may be interested in hosting Daddy’s Boys should email PHEN at rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org

Photo Caption: Scene from the play “Daddy’s Boys”

 

State Rep. Welch Fights to Lower Middle Class Tax Burdens; Demands Wealthy Pay Fair Share

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SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Fighting to provide working and middle class families with tax relief, Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is advocating for the adoption of a progressive tax in Illinois, undoing decades of economic injustice for working people.

“A progressive tax is exactly what Illinois needs and what Illinois taxpayers deserve,” said Welch. “This is a tax cut for everyday Illinoisans who work long hours, worry about how to pay the bills and send their kids to college, and live paycheck to paycheck, while asking the wealthiest among us to finally pay their fair share of taxes.”

Welch is joining Democratic lawmakers in pushing for a progressive tax in Illinois by sponsoring House Resolution 1025. The measure shows the support of those who are demanding tax fairness for their residents and to modernize an outdated, regressive tax structure. A recent study by the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a nonpartisan organization, found that a graduated income tax structure would provide a tax break to 98 percent of taxpayers and bring in an additional $2 billion in revenue by requiring the ultra-wealthy to pay their fair share. This additional revenue would help fund vital services that the state’s most vulnerable citizens rely upon, such as home-delivered meals for seniors and breast and cervical cancer screenings for working women.

“This effort is another piece in the fight for fairness,” said Welch. “A teacher, janitor, bus driver, painter and carpenter, and so many more, should not be forced to pay the same as a big-time hedge-fund manager or private equity billionaire like Governor Bruce Rauner, who falsely claims he understands the plight of true-hardworking Illinoisans. If he did, he’d support this effort to give middle class families real tax relief.”

Harper Measure Aims to Make School Resource Officers More Sensitive to Student Needs

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya M. Harper, D-Chicago, is seeking to foster greater communication and understanding between students and school resource officers in neighborhood schools through training courses.

“Students should feel safe when they go to school, and parents should also have a sense of relief when their students are there. School resource officers can be a tremendous tool in fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and young people,” said Harper. “It’s time for local school resource officers to receive uniform training to best equip them to address restorative justice techniques, de-escalation best practices, crisis intervention, implicit bias and other techniques to help them best address the needs of every student who walks through those doors.”

Harper’s Senate Bill 2925 holds hold school resource officers to higher standards and requires the Enforcement Training Standard Board develop training courses for resources officers to better treat students with mental health issues, child abuse, adolescent developmental issues and more.

“Students face numerous struggles, especially those students who face the threats of school closures and may not live in healthy home environments,” said Harper. “The adults at school, at a minimum, need to be trained to be better caretakers and offer constructive guidance as students navigate personal and social challenges at a young age.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, and Marquette Park. To stay up to date with upcoming events, legislation and neighborhood news, please contact Rep. Harper’s office at repsonyaharper@gmail.com.

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