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Archive for June, 2018

Attorney General Madigan Announces Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Federal Administration’s Family Separation Policy

Posted by Admin On June - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

President’s Executive Order Does Not Fix Unlawful & Cruel Policy

 

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 10 other attorneys general, today announced she will file a lawsuit challenging the federal administration’s policy of forced family separation on the U.S. southern border. The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

 

“The new federal executive order does not bring back together the thousands of families that were torn apart by the federal government’s policy, and it does not prevent families from being separated in the future,” Madigan said. “I will join with my colleagues across the country to bring action against the federal government for this inhumane and unAmerican policy.”

 

The lawsuit will allege that the administration’s family separation policy violates the fundamental due process rights of parents to be with their children, as well as other constitutional and statutory claims. The states will ask the court to order the federal administration to immediately comply with the law beginning with correcting the egregious flaws in his executive order and creating a process to reunify the thousands of families torn apart by his cruel and unconstitutional policy.

 

Following a close review of the President’s executive order, Madigan and the coalition of state attorneys general see two main problems. First, the order does nothing to reunify families already torn apart by the federal administration’s policy. Second, the order is riddled with so many caveats that it is rendered meaningless. Specifically, the order requires appropriations, although the total amount is unknown, and the timeline for when or if such an appropriation would happen. It also relies on a federal judge approving a plan to indefinitely detain children, which is an unlikely scenario, and, in any event, would also raise serious legal issues.

 

 

On April 6, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new so-called “zero tolerance” policy on the U.S. southern border. The federal administration has been clear that the purpose of the forced separation policy is not to protect children, but rather to deter potential immigrants from coming to the U.S. In practice, this meant that instead of making case-specific evaluations of individual cases, respecting due process rights and family integrity, the federal administration began prosecuting all possible immigration crimes, accusing and detaining all adults, even those with a legitimate asylum claim. The intended and acknowledged effect of this policy has been the separation of parents and children at the border.

 

Notably, there is no such “zero tolerance” policy at the northern border, and recent reporting indicates that the Border Patrol only tracks “family unit apprehensions” for immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

 

The effects of this policy have been stark. In March and April of 2018, the number of families from Latin America apprehended at the southern border increased dramatically, from 5,475 in February to 8,873 in March (a 62 percent increase) and 9,653 in April (a 76 percent increase from February). That’s nearly nine times as many compared to March 2017, and more than nine times as many compared to April 2017. Children have been brought to Illinois who were separated from their families under the current policy.

 

Joining Madigan in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

 

Fatherless Daughters Network Helping Black Women and Others Worldwide to Find Hope, Help and Healing

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Angela Patterson, founder of Fatherless Daughters Network

Angela Patterson, founder of the Fatherless Daughters Network, and her new book

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Fatherless Daughters Network is celebrating dads everywhere, especially since Father’s Day is during the month of June. On this occasion every year, children look for the perfect card and gift to give to that special man they call “father.”

But there is another group of children who do not celebrate this day. Not because they don’t want to, but because they have not had a reason to. These are the millions of fatherless daughter women who are without their fathers.

Everyone has a biological father, but when the term “fatherless” is used, it means that the father figure is just not present in the daughter’s life.

He could be unavailable, unattached or absent due to separation, divorce, abandonment or even death. Perhaps he lacked the skills needed to bond with his daughter. Or just maybe he was not allowed to be there for his daughter by her mom or some other person. In some instances, the dad was physically present but was not emotionally attentive and caring towards his daughter.

Whatever the reason, there are countless women out there who are feeling the negative effects of fatherlessness in their current lives.

Studies have shown that females who had an unstable father figure are more liable to have unplanned pregnancy, low-self esteem, high school and college drop-out, poverty, divorce and sexually promiscuous behavior.

Many women are living out the patterns of fatherlessness and don’t even recognize it. Because it’s a hidden, muted, unrecognizable pain that tends to show up in their relationships with love and money.

In her work, Angela Patterson, founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network and author of I’m Not That Woman, found that many fatherless daughter women struggle in their relationship with love and their relationship with money. She comments, “Because how we do love is how we do money. The same emotional triggers that impact our relationship with love also impact our relationship with money. Love and money are both tied to our self value and self worth which can be a challenge for a woman who had a flawed father-daughter relationship.”

She adds, “Females receive their identity from their paternal relationships and if that relationship is hindered or flawed in any way, the negative consequences in her life can be many. But I believe we can change this tragic story through the power of love, acceptance and forgiveness.”

As founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network, a platform dedicated to elevating the awareness that fatherlessness has on a female’s life and providing resources to help decrease its long term impact, she is committed to the task of helping women heal and rewrite a new narrative for their lives.

With her global community of Certified Fatherless Daughter Advocates we are dedicated to helping women and girls to redefine who they are beyond their fatherlessness, reclaim their value and worth by actualizing the power of self love to unleash their greatest potential to shine.

Their goal and aim is never to criticize or ridicule fathers because they recognize they have their own stories. “If we spend our time blaming,” Angela says. “We create a new problem trying to solve the main problem.”

For interviews, to book Angela to facilitate a workshop, host a film screening or obtain the upcoming book, I’m Not That Woman, contact Angela at www.fatherlessdaughters.net or info@fatherlessdaughters.net


About Angela Carr Patterson
Angela Carr Patterson is speaker, author, TV/Radio host, film producer, Global Life/Success Strategist, founder of The Fatherless Daughters Network and executive producer of The Making of a Fatherless Daughter Documentary film. To learn more about Angela, log onto www.angelacarrpatterson.com

NAACP Committed to Countering Disenfranchisement of Voters in Wake of Husted Decision

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NAACP Committed to Countering Disenfranchisement of Voters in Wake of Husted DecisionBALTIMORE — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization released the following statement on today’s Supreme Court Decision to uphold the Ohio Supplemental Voter “List Maintenance” Process:

“The NAACP is disappointed in today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Ohio’s supplemental voter ‘list maintenance’ process, but is likewise determined to protect infrequent voters of color from being disenfranchised through Ohio’s process and similar processes used by other states.  In today’s 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s program does not violate the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by impermissibly targeting persons who have not recently voted for possible removal from voting rolls.  The NAACP filed an amicus brief to the Court in this case, which was cited by Justice Sotomayor in her dissenting opinion, which states:  “In concluding that the Supplemental Process does not violate the NVRA, the majority does more than just misconstrue the statutory text. It entirely ignores the history of voter suppression against which the NVRA was enacted and upholds a program that appears to further the very disenfranchisement of minority and low-income voters that Congress set out to eradicate.”

“This decision demands that the NAACP and like-minded organizations redouble their efforts to ensure that voters of color are registered and prepared to vote in this fall’s elections,” said NAACP General Counsel Bradford Berry.  “As we reflect on the life and legacy of Medgar Evers, who was assassinated 55 years ago because of his voter registration work in Mississippi, we call on our members and supporters to engage their state and local officials to focus their efforts on increasing voter participation in this fall’s elections, rather than targeting the most vulnerable of our citizens for removal from the voting rolls.”

 

Attorney General Madigan Reacts to Federal Administration’s Inhumane Immigration Policies

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued the following statement in response to the federal administration’s recently announced immigration policies that separate families at the border and turn away survivors of domestic violence:

 

“It’s painful to think of anything more barbaric and unforgiving than tearing children away from their parents, especially when they are seeking a better, safer life in our country. Turning away survivors of domestic violence is no less merciless. The federal administration’s complete disdain for women and children betrays American values.”

 

 

Coming This Sunday: A Sizzling Hot Father’s Day Event! Real Men Cook Father’s Day Celebration

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

WHAT:     REAL MEN COOK – The largest, longest-running and most anticipated urban-oriented Father’s Day celebration where “real men” from all walks of life serve up food to celebrate and uplift the family. The event, now in its 29th year, is sponsored by Real Men Charities, the benevolent arm of Real Men Cook.

WHEN:     Father’s Day – Sunday – June 17

WHERE:.  Hales Franciscan High School– 4930 S Cottage Grove Ave – Bronzeville – 3PM – 6PM.

VISUALS:

 *Fun, family and a festive atmosphere featuring fathers and father figures cooking and serving their favorite dishes to their families and community.

 •Good food, including healthy food options

.INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES FOE THE PRESS:         

•Yvette Moyo – co-founder of Real Men Cook

•Ayinde Cartman – Executive Director – Real Men Cook Charities

•Any of the chefs, which include professional chefs, fathers/father figures and amateur chefs who want to serve on Father’s Day

•Any of the scores of other chef/dads who will be serving up their specialties and making this a spirit-filled afternoon.

•Any of the attendees enjoying the festivities

 For more information, log on to www.realmencook.com

There will be a Satellite Real Men Cook site: Trinity United Church of Christ, 1276 W 20th Ave – Gary, IN -Hosted by Rev. John Jackson  – 3PM – 7PM

Real Men Cook to Host Outdoors Celebration and The First Indoor Upscale Sitdown Dinner at Quarry

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Real Men Cook will continue its 29-year tradition of men cooking and serving their special dishes to the public in an outdoor setting.  This year’s celebration will be held at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove, from 3-6 PM on Father’s Day, June 17.

 

However, for the first time in its history, the event will have an added option: Dining indoors at the beautiful, Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75thin Chicago’s South Shore Community.

 

While the outdoor festivities will remain the centerpiece of Real Men Cook, men will have the option to enjoy Father’s Day in an elegant air-conditioned indoor setting. Held at the exact same time as the outdoor gala, this sit-down event will be a white-tablecloth dinner option at the Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75thStreet, headquarters of Real Men Charities, sponsors of Real Men Cook.  This upscale addition to the Real Men Cook festivities will feature a four-course-meal prepared by Executive Chef Edwardo Bey, Chef Sean Myers and a team of other Black Chicago chefs.

 

Parking at both venues is free. The Quarry offers convenient parking in the adjacent venue lot.

 

There is a $45 charge for the dinner, with proceeds being split between Real Men Charities and Hales Franciscan High School.

 

Ayinde Cartman, Executive Director – Real Men Charities, revealed that the decision to host a sit-down dinner originated when several men expressed interest in enjoying “their” day in a fashionable setting with family members while capturing the spirit of the outdoor Real Men Cook event.  Because Real Men Cook is committed to serving barbecue, and other standard fare, as well as healthy foods, men will get the full complement of dishes.

 

With Real Men Charities’ recent acquisition of the Quarry, with a shared kitchen and professional chefs based there, Cartman realized that this was the perfect time to accommodate this request.

 

“The Quarry has become the trendiest place on Chicago’s Southside because its atmosphere is welcoming, intimate and stimulating,” said Chef Bey. Cartman noted that the Quarry hosts Jazz, Blues and spoken word events in a supper club setting, making it a popular entertainment hub. He said the Father’s Day celebration would capture the spirit of love that this day represents.

 

“The Quarry staff plans to add to the magic of Father’s Day by creating a particularly special celebration for Dads. The staff will extend itself to assure that everyone who comes through the doors has a meal as well as an experience.”

 

Tickets must be purchased by June 14 and can be bought by logging on to realmencook.com.

 

 

State Reps. Welch, Harmon Fight to Bring Greater Protections for Immigrants, Stand Up to Trump’s Extremism

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an effort to fight back against Donald Trump’s hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is partnering with Senate President Pro Tempore Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, to make Illinois a welcoming state to immigrants by enacting new safe zones.

“People need to stick together in these tough times instead of trying to divide and turn us against one another,” said Welch. “So when our president uses hateful words to describe immigrants as murderers and rapists, he is trying to make them out to be the enemy of our nation when that couldn’t be more false.”

Welch and Harmon are working to establish greater protections for immigrants in Illinois, given the continued rhetoric and action currently coming from the White House. With threats of deportation to rip Illinois families apart, Welch and Harmon are working to pass Senate Bill 35.

The measure directs the Attorney General to develop model policies for the Immigrant Safe Zones Act which include protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, requirements for warrants based on probable cause and any other relevant constitutional protections. If enacted, the numerous public entities, including schools, libraries, courts, health care facilities and more, would be prohibited from engaging with Trump’s federal agencies with the intent to help facilitate deportations.

“I believe the current political climate has left immigrants feeling horribly vulnerable.  I hope this legislation gives them a sense of security in the state they call home,” said Harmon. “Immigrants in Illinois are hardworking people who contribute to our communities.  They have built their homes here. They are raising their families here. They should be treated like human beings, not taken away like criminals when they drop their children off at school.”

CTU Responds to New CPS Background Check Policy

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

litle girl and boyCTU on new CPS background check policy

Members with due process rights are better empowered to protect students, says CTU Vice President.

CHICAGO, IL — The following statement can be attributed to Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey.

“We support common sense changes to CPS’s policies, just as we support our members’ rights to due process. Student safety and due process are mutually affirming – because workers with due process rights and protections on the job are better empowered to advocate for and protect our students.”

“Our union has been advised of CPS’ plans to re-run background checks of our members, as part of their effort to respond to their appalling failures to protect students from child abuse. CPS has reported that about 30% of our members – those who were not fingerprinted by Accurate Biometrics – will need to be re-fingerprinted as part of this policy. CPS has assured us that this new round of background checks is designed explicitly to identify issues related to child safety concerns, and we will be on the alert for any effort to target members outside of the scope of this review.”

Chicago to See Roles of Women and Girls in Detroit’s ’67 Rebellion

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

After Life stage play
Members of the cast of AFTER/LIFE in their 2017 Detroit debut

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — A play chronicling the untold story of women and girls in the 1967 Detroit rebellion is making its way to Chicago for special performances this month.

AFTER/LIFE: In Honor of the City Rising from the Ashes debuted in Detroit last year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the rebellion “from the perspective of the thousands of overlooked women and girls who rose up to burn their city down.” It will run June 15-17, 2018, as part of Perform Midwest at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago.

“I’m so pleased to bring this story to Chicago,” said Dr. Lisa Biggs, a Michigan State University professor who, with her students, wrote the play. The play is supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Michigan’s Humanities Without Walls program.

She conceived the play, Biggs explained, because “I was struck by the silence around women and girls’ involvement. In ’67, they were pictured right alongside the men and boys on the streets. They put their bodies on the line, but from many written accounts you would never know it. I hope AFTER/LIFE can better represent the past and create opportunities for audience members to dream of a more fair, just and equitable future.”

In July 1967, Detroit residents in largely African-American neighborhoods squared off against the city’s largely white police department in a five-day confrontation that resulted in the deaths of 43 people (33 African-American and 10 white). The clash, which saw thousands of buildings burned, followed a police raid on an after-hours nightclub; residents said the rebellion was in response to an overzealous and racist police force.

AFTER/LIFE is part of a dual performance at Links Hall, paired with “The Living Lakes.” Set in 1915- 1935, “The Living Lakes” tells the work and cultural history of Latino and African American communities in Chicago and Detroit.

Dr. Biggs, an actress, playwright and performance scholar, serves as an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU.

Tickets are $10. For more information, go to https://bit.ly/2JemM2q

Bail Bonding Company Owner and Former Employee Admit to Tax Fraud

Posted by Admin On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – William W. Seelbach, of Fort Meyers, Florida, and Jolynn Gilchrist, of Wheeling, West Virginia, have admitted to tax fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Seelbach, age 68, owner of W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding by ABC of Wheeling, West Virginia, pled guilty to  one count of “Conspiracy to Defraud the United States—Impede the Internal Revenue Service,” and one count of “Failure to File Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2012.” Seelbach admitted to impeding the IRS in its collection of taxes, and failing to file a federal income tax return for 2012 to report $144,030 in income to the IRS.

Gilchrist, age 49, former employee of ABC, pled guilty to one count of “False Tax Return.” Gilchrist admitted to filing an inaccurate federal tax return for the 2015 tax year.

Seelbach and Gilchrist each face up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jarod J. Douglas and Shawn M. Adkins are prosecuting the cases on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations, and the West Virginia State Police investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Source: FBI

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