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National Black Caucus of State Legislators Condemns the Use of Racial Slurs by Legislators

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WASHINGTON – In response to the Arizona House of Representatives silencing of its only two African-American legislators for opposing the use of a racial slur by Arizona State Rep. Maria Syms in a media article, the President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Indiana State Representative Gregory W. Porter, released the following statement:
“The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBSCL) stands in support of Arizona State Representatives Reginald Bolding and Geraldine Peten for condemning the use of the “N-word” by a sitting legislator and oppose the Arizona House of Representatives decision to silence these public servants for speaking out against the use of this derogatory term by a White state legislator.
Given the history of our nation, it is incomprehensible that a sitting lawmaker would use a word that has inflicted so much pain and indignity on Black Americans. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, but rather a pattern of behavior observed in statehouses across the nation. For example, West Virginia House Del. Saira Blair used the racial slur in a video created after she was elected to office and Florida State Sen. Frank Artiles used the derogatory term to describe other Florida State Senators. This is unacceptable.
Moreover, NBCSL insists that state legislatures never silence African-American legislators that condemn the use of the “N-word.” By voting to silence Rep. Bolding and Rep. Peten, Arizona’s only two African-American state legislators, the Arizona House of Representatives disregarded the concerns of the thousands of African-Americans in Arizona and seemed to ratify the behavior of Rep. Syms.
Given the divisive rhetoric that we hear from politicians on all levels of government, it is more important now than ever before to ensure a diverse group of voices are able to speak out against injustice-especially when it happens in the halls of government. NBCSL and its members will continue to condemn the use of this racial slur by legislators and work to improve relations between communities of different races within America.”
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association of more than 700 black state legislators from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands, who collectively represent over 60 million Americans of varied backgrounds. Since 1977, NBCSL has tracked federal and state legislative trends, developed educational resources for its members, and served as the unified voice for Black state legislators to address federal actions. NBCSL is committed to endorsing policies that positively affect all Americans and facilitates joint action by state legislators on issues that are critical to African Americans.
To learn more about the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, please visit www.nbcsl.org.

Attorney General Madigan & Coalition File Amended Lawsuit to Block Federal Administration From Demanding Citizenship Information in 2020 Census

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Amended Complaint Highlights New Information on Funding Risks as Result of Citizenship Demand That Would Threaten Fair Representation in States with Large Immigrant Populations


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a coalition of 18 states, the District of Columbia, nine cities, four counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, filed an amended lawsuit to block the federal administration from demanding citizenship information in the 2020 decennial Census, adding new co-plaintiffs and bolstering the arguments in their complaint.


“The Census is critical to ensuring immigrants in Illinois and across the country are represented fairly and accurately,” Madigan said. “The amended complaint strengthens our argument that states with large immigrant populations must be fully represented.”


The federal government’s intent to ask for citizenship status on the Census would depress turnout in states with large immigrant populations, directly threatening the fair representation of those states in Congress and the Electoral College, as well as billions of dollars in critical federal funds. The coalition’s amended complaint specifically highlights the billions of dollars at risk for states and localities around the country. In Illinois, that includes $1.46 billion from the Highway Trust Fund, $678 million in Title I funds, $518 million in special education funds for Illinois school districts, and $126 million in child care and development grants.


The amended complaint also notes recent comments by Census and other federal officials, including Census Director Ron Jarmin’s remarks before Congress last month that he expects the negative impact of the citizenship demand on response rates to be “largely felt in various sub-groups, in immigrant populations, [and] Hispanic populations.” Jarmin went on to testify that U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross disregarded the Census Bureau’s recommendation against including the citizenship demand.


The coalition’s lawsuit was brought under the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution because this action by the federal administration will impede the “actual Enumeration” required by the Constitution. It is also brought under the Administrative Procedure Act, which permits courts to set aside unlawful or arbitrary and capricious agency decisions.


The Census Bureau’s own research shows that the decision to demand citizenship information will “inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count” by significantly deterring participation in immigrant communities because of concerns about how the federal government will use citizenship information. These concerns are amplified by the President’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pattern of actions targeting immigrant communities.


The decennial census is also used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives, and each plaintiff state relies on population information from the Census Bureau to draw statewide redistricting plans for their Congressional and state legislative districts. Because demanding citizenship information would cause disproportionate undercounts in communities with immigrant populations, this change to the Census would prevent plaintiff states from fulfilling the one-person, one-vote constitutional requirement, as well as create distributional inaccuracies in the data states use to draw district lines. Additionally, by depressing Census participation within immigrant and undocumented populations, the citizenship questions will lead to a significant undercount of the states’ residents, impairing fair representation in states with large immigrant communities.


The lawsuit, which was originally filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was amended to add Colorado; Central Falls, R.I. (the site of the 2018 end-to-end test of the Census); Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Cameron County, Texas; El Paso County, Texas; Hidalgo County, Texas; and Monterey County, Calif. as co-plaintiffs. The new co-plaintiffs join Madigan and the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington; the cities of New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Providence, San Francisco, and Seattle; and the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the lawsuit.


A copy of the amended complaint can be found here.


Taxpayers to Urge House Committee to Support Fair Tax, Middle-Class Tax Cut

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CHICAGO, IL – House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, is helping middle-class taxpayers call on lawmakers to support fair tax reforms that cut taxes on the vast majority of Illinois families while making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share. Taxpayers and advocates for the middle class will address the House Revenue & Finance Committee on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the 6th Floor committee room of the Bilandic Building in Chicago, ahead of a committee vote on Madigan’s resolution calling for a fair tax as a way of easing the burden on middle-class taxpayers.

Madigan and Democratic lawmakers from across the state are supporting House Resolution 1025, which challenges Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican lawmakers to stop protecting millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations and instead work with Democrats to enact a fair system that cuts taxes on middle-class and low-income taxpayers.

WHO:             House Revenue & Finance Committee

                        Taxpayers and advocates for the middle class

WHAT:          Committee hearing on House Resolution 1025

WHERE:       Michael A. Bilandic Building

                        160 N LaSalle, 6th Floor


WHEN:          Wednesday, May 2

                        2:30 p.m.

Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Officer Chargedwith Civil Rights Offenses for Role in Inmate’s Beating and Death

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U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida, Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, and Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, today announced federal charges against juvenile detention officer Antwan Lenard Johnson arising from his role in the August 2015 beating and death of a 17-year-old juvenile inmate (E.R.) at the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) in Miami, Florida.

“The United States Constitution protects every person in this country, including those who are detained in juvenile detention facilities,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg.  “It is an honor and privilege to work with the many outstanding agents and officers who are part of our law enforcement community. These brave individuals put their lives on the line every day to protect us all and make our communities safer. But we are committed to bringing to justice the small minority of law enforcement officials when they abuse their authority and violate the civil rights of another.”

“The Justice Department will continue to aggressively prosecute corrections officers who exploit their position of power and violate the civil rights of individuals in their custody,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division.

“Violations of civil rights by government officials cannot be tolerated as it undermines the public’s trust,” said Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami.  “The FBI is committed to working with our partners to safeguard the civil rights of all.”

Johnson, 35, of Miami-Dade County, was charged with conspiracy to violate E.R.’s civil rights under color of law, which resulted in E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 241; and deprivation of E.R.’s civil rights, under color of law, which resulted in bodily injury and E.R.’s death, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242. If convicted, Johnson faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison for each charge.

E.R. was a 17-year-old juvenile who had been arrested and was subsequently taken to the JDC on Aug. 28, 2015.  He was being detained pending further order of the State Court and had not been convicted of the crime for which he had been arrested.

The indictment alleges that Johnson operated a commonly utilized bounty system in order to help ensure obedience and officer respect at the JDC.  Johnson encouraged and induced juvenile detainees, in exchange for rewards and privileges, to forcibly assault E.R.  In exchange for attacking E.R., Johnson rewarded the juveniles with extra recreational time and snacks. As a result of being held at the JDC, witnessing events at the facility, and in some cases being actual victims of the bounties, the juveniles were aware of the bounty culture.  They knew that they would not be punished or disciplined by Johnson, but in fact rewarded, if they followed his directives.

The indictment alleges that, on Aug. 30, 2015, Johnson worked in Module 9 at the JDC, during the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift.  Based on E.R.’s statements and behavior during dinner at the JDC cafeteria, Johnson communicated to juveniles that he wanted them to forcibly assault E.R.  Various juveniles agreed, which caused E.R. to fear for his immediate safety and stand away from the other juveniles prior to, and while returning, from the JDC cafeteria to Module 9.

According to the indictment, Johnson directed juveniles to delay the attack on E.R. until they all returned to Module 9.  Upon returning to Module 9 with the juveniles, Johnson promptly walked out of view of E.R. and the other juveniles.  At the same time, a juvenile punched E.R. in the face as he attempted to sit down in a chair. Numerous other juveniles immediately joined the attack and punched and kicked E.R., continuing their assault, even when E.R. fell to the ground.

The indictment further alleges that after E.R. was escorted out of Module 9 to the JDC medical department, Johnson promptly released the juveniles in Module 9 from their cells and allowed them to watch television as a reward and privilege.  Johnson also bumped fists with the juvenile who initiated the attack on E.R.  Johnson later caused certain Module 9 juveniles to receive snacks as a reward and privilege for participating in the attack on E.R.

According to the indictment, E.R. was later transported from the JDC to Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida.  On Aug. 31, 2015, E.R. was pronounced dead due to bodily injuries suffered during the attack.

An indictment merely contains allegations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the FBI Miami Area Corruption Task Force. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean T. McLaughlin and Trial Attorney Samantha Trepel of the Civil Rights Division.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Source: FBI

State Rep. Welch Bill Allows Universities to Establish Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students

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HILLSIDE, IL – Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is seeking to expand university opportunities to historically underrepresented students through a new bridge program that Illinois colleges will be empowered to employ thanks to legislation he is sponsoring.

“For too long, students who traditionally lack equal opportunities to attend our state’s world-class universities miss out on the chance to enroll or attend those institutions,” said Welch. “I want to make sure that those students do not feel left out and that they know their university has resources available to them.”

Welch’s House Bill 5696 gives Illinois universities the ability to create bridge programs that could provide a range of services, including tutoring and counseling services, to underrepresented students. Universities will have discretion on how to organize and execute their own bridge programs to best fit the needs of their students. Welch’s measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives last week with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Everyone deserves a chance at a fair and equal shot to make the best of themselves,” said Welch. “This is a good first step to providing additional tools and resources to students who may need a little extra assistance to reach their full potential.”

World Premiere of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story Kicks Off Hyde Park School of Dance’s 25th Anniversary Season

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Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) celebrates its home base—Hyde Park—and its hometown—Chicago—with a world premiere to kick off its 25th anniversary season: Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story. Performances are June 15–17, 2018 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.

Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Amira is the story of a young girl forced to leave her native country without her mother, arriving in Chicago and struggling to make a home in Hyde Park. The story follows the events of the traditional Cinderella story, leading to a Masked Ball in Hyde Park and a young man who becomes smitten with Amira. When she runs away at midnight, he and his friends search various Chicago neighborhoods trying to find her—Little India, downtown, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville, and Hyde Park—until they meet at a place that is special to both of them.

“Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story celebrates Chicago’s South Side and its diverse neighborhoods, as well as the perseverance of immigrants to make a home in a new place,” commented Tye. “We also hope to provide positive images of young girls as strong, smart, and capable.”

The cast includes more than 130 dancers age seven to adult. Tye is directing the production and collaborating with seven HPSD faculty members to create the choreography. Tye is also working closely with Costume Designer Jacquelyn Sanders on this modern Cinderella story and professional photographer Damien Thompson to create projection scenery featuring the neighborhoods of Chicago.

University of Chicago Lab School senior Olivia Issa, who is performing the title role in two of the four performances, is also involved in a special feature of the costumes. “Olivia is thrilled to combine her love of dance and her curiosity and drive for computer coding to help create Amira’s magical gown, which will light up, and the glowing fireflies for her transition into her ball costume,” said Tye.

Hyde Park School of Dance – History
Tye founded Hyde Park School of Dance in 1993, after the School of Chicago Ballet, where she had been teaching, closed its doors. Starting with two teachers, an accompanist, and 30 students in one studio, HPSD has grown to a staff of 38 part-time faculty, accompanists, and administrators; more than 500 students; and 100+ hours of weekly instruction in four studios at three neighborhood locations. During the past 25 years, Hyde Park School of Dance has grown and prospered, while remaining true to its commitment to Training, Performance, and Community.August Tye
Before coming to Chicago in 1991 to teach at the School of Chicago Ballet, under the direction of prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, Tye performed with the Kalamazoo Ballet Company. She is a two-time recipient of the Monticello Choreographers Award and has choreographed for companies throughout the country. She has performed with Joel Hall Dancers, Salt Creek Ballet, and Second City Ballet. Tye started at Lyric Opera as a dancer in Un ballo in maschera during the 1992–93 season. Since then, she has worked on more than 38 productions as dancer, choreographer, or ballet mistress. Her credits include remounting the choreography of Lyric’s Iphigénie en Tauride at San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and remounting Lyric’s Salome at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. She is thrilled to make her Dallas Opera debut in April 2018 as the original choreographer for Bob Falls’ Lyric production of Don Giovanni. Tye met her husband, opera singer Wilbur Pauley, when they appeared together in Lyric’s 1994 production of Candide. They were married in 1998 and have three children—all of whom will dance in Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story.

Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story takes place Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.;
Saturday, June 16 at 1 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago.
Tickets, which go on sale May 8, are $25 for adult general admission seating,
$20 for seniors (ages 65+), $15 for children ages six through 18 and
students of all ages with ID, and free (ticket required) for children five and younger.
Tickets and information are available at773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org/tickets.

Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as The Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. Through high quality training and performance, HPSD’s goal is to cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind and character that will benefit students throughout their lives. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, the faculty is committed to helping children experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work and collaboration in a supportive and nurturing environment that values healthy bodies.

2018’s Best & Worst States for Nurses: WalletHub

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From: Diana Popa


With National Nurses Week kicking off May 6, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Nurses.

In order to help new nursing graduates find the best markets for their profession, WalletHub compared the relative attractiveness of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from monthly average starting salary for nurses to health-care facilities per capita to nursing-job openings per capita.

The Nursing Market in Illinois (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 16th – Monthly Avg. Starting Salary for Nurses (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 49th – Health-Care Facilities per Capita
  • 20th – Nurses per Capita
  • 42nd – Projected Share of Elderly Population by 2030
  • 44th – Nursing-Job Openings per Capita
  • 19th – Average Annual Salary for Nurses (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 41st – Share of Best Nursing Homes
  • 15th – Projected Competition by 2024
  • 8th – Avg. Number of Work Hours

For the full report, please visit:

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.

Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

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Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey to Relinquish the Reigns of Probation Challenge

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After Guiding thousands of youth through the doors of his positive and educational  Probation Challenge program to excell in life and follow their educational dreams, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey is calling it quits. Bailey will relinquish the reigns of his  program, an organization founded by him and has been at the forefront of helping and servicing young people for more than 40 years in the Chicago and Cook County areas.


The prominent minister,  CEO of the Probation Challenge organization, will relinquish reigns but continue to serve as Probation Challenge’s president. PCChas referred thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarships, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to that, clients mandated to the program have always had the protective eyes of  Bailey and his organization and no one who wanted an education was ever turned away from his program.


Rev. Dr. Bailey who is now 80 years old, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Adolphus and Lillian Bailey, who were then considered to be prominent precinct captains. His educational process began by listening for children were to be seen and not heard! But Bailey’s journey would be different – far different!  He was mentally challenged by black leaders who sat feet under his parents’ table as they discussed matters concerning the community; though he could not speak, he rejected much of what he overheard for he perceived there had to be a far viable way to challenge those who sat in seats of authority—especially those individuals who were the powers-that-be downtown on the fifth floor.

Sincere leaders confessed over dinner that the then political administration would not help youth educationally and serious efforts to assist would cause internal racial strife! In disbelief, Bailey learned that young men and women were not adequately educated and that it was intentional. This revelation brought about days and nights of agonizing! He deduced that much was about political prostitution and that leaders then had to go along to get along. They instilled in private that there would be a brighter tomorrow.
For more than 40-years of servicing youth in the Chicago and County of Cook, the Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey CEO of the Probation Challenge organization will relinquish his reigns. After referring thousands of youth to colleges and universities, giving them grants and scholarship, and directing them to a more positive lifestyle. In addition to those clients mandated to the program, Bailey never turned down anyone seeking an education.
Rev. Bailey, employed as a Cook County adult probation officer was assigned to work exclusively with the then Justice R. Eugene Pincham, criminal courts. It was from Pincham’s court that Bailey had the vision to turn the lives of youth around through the vehicle of education. The judge sanctioned that vision with the rest becoming history.
The Probation Challenge program was recorded by the state of Illinois, with Rev. Bailey as the registered agent. The late Mayor Harold Washington, Sen. Howard Brookins, Carol Mosley Braun, and the Illinois Black Caucus introduced the program into law…it would be known as The Probation Challenge Act, by the  Illinois State Statue! It was duly noted that it was the first mandated program of its kind in the country! The program has been the subject of positive media attention from around the world and sought after to duplicate.
Citing health issues and noting that time has now brought about a change in the psychology of youth.  Bailey said, “At the helm should be those younger adults who can share with others their psychology. Young adults, however, should be mindful that the youth has to consult with the elders for wisdom. He said, “Often youth after being on the planet only for a minute yet believe they know it all! Young men and women have to come to the realism that elders are also continuously learning and coming into the knowledge of truth and don’t know it all.”
Rev. Bailey said as he relinquishes the reigns to Clarence McMillian, who will serve as chairman of the board, Brandy N. Bailey, Bailey’s daughter will serve as the board secretary. Bailey will remain as the organizations’ president.
McMillian walking hand-in-glove with Bailey for over 29-years has given radio and television Internet broadcast services. Bailey will retain proprietorship over the Probation Challenge procedures. 
Bailey with delight says that on-air personalities will continue to offer to the International community the best in journalism.  In early years as Bailey sojourned through the halls of what he calls ‘The Criminal Just Us System’, there were investigative reporters on assignment to follow his steps – they have now become staff to the Network. The Challenge News Magazine will continue to send quarterly filings across the world.
Program Hosts and Journalist are Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, Geri Patterson, Pastor Mitty Collier, Karissa N. Hardin, Brandy N. Bailey, Pastor Lottie Woods Hall, Howard Saffold, Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey and Clarence McMillan.
Probation Challenge has been the subject of positive media attention for over 40-years as Bailey achievements include: The History Makers. Other awards have included: Judge Eugene Pincham Award, Nelson Mandela Award, African American Trail Blazer Award, Golden Rule International Award, Global Leadership Award, Ora Higgins Award, Mother Christine Moore Award, Northern Illinois University Community Service Award, Intercessory Health and Healing Center Award, and other numerous to mention.  Bailey had a pull-out session with The Chicago Sun-Times with reporter Lillian Williams called: A New Twist In Going Straight and has appeared on 60 Minutes, 48-Hours, and other television shows.
Bailey has the honors of being called: Dr. Harold E. Bailey, after being cited for his work in criminal justice and the creation of the first program of its kind in the country for youth through the channels of education. Many remember Rev. Bailey with The Harold Bailey Singers, who recorded for RUSH and Savoy Records. He was noted for appearances on the Sid Ordower Jubilee Showcase.
For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Bailey at 773-978-3706


Distinguished African American Lawyer Recognized as one of Rue Ratings “Best Attorney of America”

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America has invited The Law Office of Zulu Ali’s Principal and Founder, Zulu Ali, to become a lifetime charter member of “Best Attorneys of America” representing California as one of the state’s top 100 lawyers.

Less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys in the US have been invited to become members of this distinguished group. Rue Ratings defines a “best attorney” as an individual with an “extraordinary level of legal expertise, competency, professional reputation and ethical standards.” Membership is extremely selective, carefully screened, and limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States. Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.

Attorney Ali, a native of Shelbyville, Tennessee, is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who served with the Marine Security Forces. After graduating from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Attorney Ali served as a sworn police officer with the City of Shelbyville, City of Lewisburg, and Vanderbilt Police Departments, respectively. Attorney Ali currently hosts the radio talk show “Justice Watch with Attorney Zulu Ali” on NBC news affiliate station KCAA in Redlands, California.

Director of the American Committee for United Nations Oversight, an advocacy group lobbying the United Nations for police reform, Attorney Ali opened the Law Offices of Zulu Ali with a focus on representing persons accused of crimes and seeking criminal justice, immigrants, victims of discrimination, and persons seeking civil justice. He has been admitted to the California State Bar; United States District Courts for the districts of Central California, Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Ali was also named to the Top 100 Lawyers by the prestigious National Black Lawyers-Top 100; The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers; Premier Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, also known as the National Academy of Jurisprudence; and Top 10 Attorneys for client satisfaction in criminal law, immigration law, and personal injury by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

Attorney Ali was honored by the National Action Network with the Vanguard Award as one of Los Angeles’ 100 Most Influential African Americans.

Attorney Ali earned a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in African Studies from Regents College through a consortium with Tennessee State University and a Juris Doctorate from Trinity International University Law School.

Attorney Ali is a devoted husband and father; he lives in Southern California with Charito, his wife of over 32 years. Their four adult children and three grandchildren also live in Southern California.

For more details about his law firm, visit www.zulualilaw.com


Federal Law Enforcement Agent Convicted of Criminal Charges Related to Helping Mexican National Enter the United States

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 LOS ANGELES – A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has been found guilty of four federal offenses related to assistance he provided to a Mexican national with a criminal record to re-enter the United States.

Felix Cisneros Jr., 44, of Murrieta, an 11-year veteran of ICE who is now on indefinite suspension from the agency, was found guilty late Monday afternoon following a four-day trial in United States District Court.

The jury found Cisneros guilty of four felony counts: conspiracy to aid and assist the entry of an alien convicted of an aggravated felony into the United States, acting as agent of another person in a matter affecting the government, falsification of records in a federal investigation, and making false statements.

According to court documents and the evidence presented to the jury, Cisneros agreed to help a friend’s business associate re-enter the United States after traveling to Mexico City in September 2013. The business associate, Santiago Garcia-Gutierrez, was a lawful permanent resident of the United States, but because of prior criminal convictions and an outstanding warrant for his arrest, he was barred from being legally admitted into the United States upon his return. United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had seized Garcia’s Mexican passport and his “Green Card” when he attempted to enter the United States two months earlier, but he was paroled in –meaning he was temporarily allowed into the United States – pending the resolution of his criminal case.

As part of the conspiracy, Cisneros persuaded CBP officers to return Garcia’s passport, ensured that Garcia would be allowed to re-enter the United States after the September 2013 trip, and urged CBP to extend Garcia’s parole that allowed him to remain in the United States pending resolution of his immigration status. Cisneros provided assistance to Garcia knowing about his prior convictions.

As part of the conspiracy, Cisneros had queried a law enforcement database, which provided him information about Garcia’s prior convictions, as well as information that Garcia was suspected of participating in criminal activities.

The falsification of records and the false statements charges relate to Cisneros failing to disclose that he had a longstanding relationship with Garcia during a regular background investigation being conducted as part of his employment as an ICE agent.

Cisneros is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Christina A. Snyder on July 30, at which time he will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

The jury that convicted Cisneros also acquitted him of two counts of obstruction of justice.

The case against Cisneros is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General; and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Patricia A. Donahue and Sheila Nagaraj of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section.

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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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