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Archive for June 5th, 2018

Black Filmmaker Expose: U.S. Government Destroyed Black Wall Street and Executed Black Leaders

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Indie filmmaker, Brandi Webb, brings charges to indict the U.S government in her experimental documentary entitled “Betrayal of a Nation”

Brandi Webb, filmmaker

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – In an experimental documentary, indie filmmaker Brandi Webb has indicted the U.S. government on charges that hold it accountable for crimes committed against citizens of color. These crimes date back to the beginning of American history up to present day. Errol Louis, Amy Goodman, Akeem Browder, Ajamu Baraka, Gwen Carr, Korey Wise, Dr. Lenora Fulani, Mysonne Linen and several other activists provide real life interviews that serve as supporting evidence throughout the trial. Ms. Webb has launched a crowdfunding campaign along with a highly-charged, emotional trailer, to help raise her goal of $15,000 to complete her film project entitled, Betrayal of a Nation.

The documentary project, is centered around a scripted, heightened trial, in which an ambitious prosecutor for the People goes head to head with a defense attorney for the U.S. Government. The attorneys dispute the government’s involvement in slavery, the destruction of Black Wall Street, the execution of African-American leaders, a failed education and criminal justice system, and poverty. Betrayal of a Nation is a hybrid film that blends together the traditional elements of documentary and narrative films. Ms. Webb has labeled the project a Narrative Documentary.

Currently, 80% of the film is complete, but additional expenses are required in order to complete the entire film.

Donations can be made, and the public can view the trailer and information about the film at www.gofundme.com/bon-com. Any contributions of $1,500 or more will receive executive producer credit. Betrayal of a Nation is expected to be completed by fall of this year, however, the campaign will continue until Ms. Webb reaches her fundraising goal and has completed the project.

Betrayal of a Nation is a powerful indictment on America!” stated Charles Barron, New York State Assembly Member of the 60th District, whom also makes an appearance in the documentary. “Reparations is the defining issue of the 21st century. Betrayal of a Nation must be produced and completed.”

Jenesis Scott, co-writer of of the film, commented, “Betrayal of a Nation is unlike any other film. It not only documents history but also provides solutions for the future. Completing this film is absolutely necessary in the fight against injustice. It not only gets to the root of the problems, but it gives us a guide on how to do something about it.”

Following the 2016 murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers, Ms. Webb became overwhelmed with emotion and was frustrated with the countless acquittals and non- indictments of these police officers, throughout the nation. She created Betrayal of a Nation in an effort to educate and explore what actual justice in America might look like in the form of storytelling.

For more information about Brandi Webb or her production company, visit www.yet2evolve.com

Photo Caption: Brandi Webb, filmmaker




Years of Emanuel’s Promises – But Chronic Failure to Deliver on Early Childhood Programs

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From: Chicago Teachers Union

Number of children accessing pre-K has fallen by 18% since Emanuel took office – more than twice the rate of decline of student enrollment in CPS.

Black ChildCHICAGO, IL — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised today to guarantee early childhood education for Chicago children – a day after damning news that the CPS Inspector General found a wave of contract steering at Chicago Public Schools. Emanuel has repeatedly promised to expand early childhood programming since he took office – even though participation has declined by almost 20%.

Emanuel’s campaign promise comes on the heels of a report a week ago that busted CPS for giving families in the city’s richest neighborhood special priority access to free, all-day preschool services, locking out the children of poorer families from the coveted Montessori program.

“For seven years, Emanuel has issued a stream of misleading press releases about early childhood programs,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. ”The real facts are that early childhood education has been in decline since Emanuel took control of CPS – and the remaining programs have been grossly under-resourced.”

In 2014, in the midst of a heated re-election campaign, Emanuel announced a $17 million “social impact” bond program to fund early childhood education, a move that was widely criticized for potentially doubling the return to investors – and the program costs to taxpayers. Loan investors included Goldman Sachs and the Pritzker Family Foundation.

“We need preschool access for ALL of our children – from the earliest ages,” said Sharkey. “But Emanuel has consistently failed to deliver on his endless promises. Instead, under his rule, the number of children receiving pre-school services has nosedived, from almost 24,000 when he took office to fewer than 20,000 today. That drop is more than twice as high as the drop in our overall student body for the same period.”

In 2011, 8,157 three-year-olds and 15,548 four-year-olds were enrolled in pre-k services in CPS. This year, that number fell to 6,670 three-year-olds and 12,771 four-year-olds – with the decline accelerating in the wake of Emanuel’s mass closings of schools in 2013. Many of those closed schools hosted pre-k programs. Overall, the number of children receiving pre-k services has fallen by 18% since Emanuel took office, while the number of students enrolled in CPS schools overall has fallen by 8% during the same time period.

Emanuel has also been criticized by parents and advocates for creating an ‘enrollment’ process that is cumbersome, difficult to navigate and poorly organized, often thwarting parents with older children in a school from registering their little ones in early childhood programs at that same school. Last summer, Emanuel’s CPS administrators moved to lay off almost 40 school workers who helped parents enroll their children in early childhood programs. While over half of those workers have been hired back, many did not return to their responsibilities to facilitate pre-k enrollment.

Thurgood Marshall Almost Didn’t Become the First Black Supreme Court Justice… and 10 Other Things Most People Don’t Know About Him!

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From: blackhistory.org


Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908 was the first African American who became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, but this almost didn’t happen because his original plan was to study dentistry at Lincoln University. But he did end up going to law school, and also went on to become a strong supporter of the civil rights movement who is still remembered today.



But a lot of his story is not told in history books!

Here are 10 things most people don’t know about Thurgood Marshall:

#1 – His real name was Thoroughgood but he changed it to Thurgood because he thought his original name was just too long.

#2 – While most people legally change their names as adults, he changed his name when he was only in the second grade.

#3 – He attended law school at Howard University, and graduated first in his class.

#4 – He wanted to attend University of Maryland’s law school, but the university would not allow Blacks to apply at that time.

#5 – He was known as a real prankster. In fact, he was suspended twice for playing jokes on others.

#6 – Right out of law school, the NAACP brought him on as legal counsel and within a few short years made him the organization’s chief counsel.

#7 – In 1967, he became the first Black person to hold a position in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

#8 – Marshall was reportedly good friends with former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and even worked with him on occasions.

#9 – He was a Supreme Court Justice from 1967 to 1991 when he retired. He represented and won more cases before the United States Supreme Court than any other American.

#10 – He died in 1993, but that same year was awarded posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Photo Caption: Thurgood Marshall

Lawmakers Invite Women to Speak on Behalf of Equal Rights Amendment

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CHICAGO, IL – To share their sentiments on the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a panel of women will speak at the Illinois House Human Services committee hearing on Monday, May 7 in Chicago.

“I am extremely passionate about the Equal Rights Amendment because I have faced discrimination time and time again throughout my life,” said Kathy Freeman of Tinley Park.  “I have taken initiative to show my local state Rep. Margo McDermed that voting in favor of the amendment is the right thing to do by going door-to-door for signatures from ERA supporters, and almost everyone I talk to agrees – it’s long past time to have equal rights for women written into our constitution.”

“My mom marched for the Equal Rights Amendment when she was pregnant with me, wanting a better future for her daughter. It’s unconscionable to me that an entire generation spent their lives advocating for the ERA and yet women still do not have equal protection,” said Michelle Fadeley, President of the Illinois National Organization for Women. “Ratifying the ERA is a necessary next step to closing the wage gap, to ensuring that women have adequate access to resources like domestic violence centers, and to state clearly that the equal treatment of women is not just a concept left up to interpretation – it’s the law of the land.”

Who: Illinois House Human Services Committee

What: House Human Services Subject Matter Committee Hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (SJRCA 4)

When: Monday, May 7 10 am

Where: Michael A. Bilandic Building 160 North LaSalle Street C-600, 6th Floor Chicago, IL 60601

Envisioning Justice Citywide Conversation on Incarceration: North Lawndale Open House

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Community art showcase on criminal justice reform, interactive police relations discussion to be held on Saturday, June 9th from 11am – 3pm at BBF Family Services
CHICAGO, IL –  On Saturday, June 9, the North Lawndale Envisioning Justice community will come together to celebrate and publicly present the arts and humanities work they have been doing to envision and ensure criminal justice reform. Art created by residents will be on display, followed by an interactive discussion on police relations between residents, representatives from the Chicago Police Department and North Lawndale community leaders. 
This Open House is one in a series of events produced by Illinois Humanities and Envisioning Justice community partners (Hubs) over the past month to bring Chicagoans from all areas and walks of life to the same table to share the culmination of a ten-week session of arts education classes and community discussion programs. To date, Envisioning Justice Open Houses have been held in Back of the Yards, Little Village, Rogers Park and Bronzeville.

 North Lawndale Hub Open House

Powerful Platforms: A Community’s Call to Action
Saturday, June 9, 2018
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
BBF Family Services, 1512 S. Pulaski, Chicago 60623

11:00 am to 1:00 pm  Community Arts Exhibit & Resource Fair 

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Interactive Community Discussion on Police Relations

 Maurice Classen– Director of Strategy, Chicago Police Department
Maira Khwaja –Journalist and Outreach and Development Invisible Institute
Kenny Smith –Community Leader North Lawndale Resident 

Speakers will share some brief thoughts followed by smaller discussions on how community and police relations can be strengthened and what people in the room can do to help enact the change they want to see.

BBF Family Services, with support from Urban Gateways, is directing Envisioning Justice in North Lawndale. Throughout the initiative, BBF will focus its arts and humanities programming on restorative justice and re-entry back into the community.


About Envisioning Justice: Created and facilitated by Illinois Humanities, Envisioning Justice will engage Chicagoans, of all neighborhoods, races, socio-economic backgrounds, and with a diversity of perspectives, in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration in local communities and will invite residents to use the arts and humanities to devise strategies for lessening this impact. Envisioning Justice seeks to strengthen efforts to reimagine our criminal legal system and is inspired by the goals of justice, accountability, safety, support, and restoration for all people.  Follow #Envisioning Justice at @EnvisioningJustice on Facebook and @envisionjustice on Twitter.

About Illinois Humanities: Our mission is to strengthen the social, political and economic fabric of Illinois through constructive conversation and community engagement.


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