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CHICAGO, IL – State Representative Andrade, Chicago Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, and community leaders met with Federal ...
Toys, games, gift cards collected at Simon's offices GIFFORD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon ...
Speaker Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds will be guest speaker during Easter Services ...
Rev. Harold E. Bailey, Founder & President of the noted Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network, will ...
  The Lira Ensemble, known for its excellent performances of Polish music, song and dance, brings ...
Wilson upset over subpoenaing of his circulators by the mayor Says mayor harassing his campaign Aide ...
Detouring slightly from his normal Jazz element and his recent "cAsE sEnSiTiVe" CD release, Dr. ...
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office released the following statement Sunday following charges against two ...
Baltimore, MD – For the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the headline ...
Calls for comprehensive plan of action By Chinta Strausberg Upset about the more than 90 ...

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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.

 

NAACP Calls on Missouri Governor to Take Stand Against Death Penalty on Last Day in Office

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Inconsistencies Mark Case of Death Row Prisoner Marcellus Williams

 

BALTIMORE —The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization issued a letter to Missouri

Governor Eric Greitens requesting the commutation of the death sentence for Marcellus Williams.In a letter issued today to the governor whose resignation will be final today at 5 PM Central Time, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said:“I am writing to respectfully request that you commute the death sentence of Marcellus Williams. Last August you took the courageous step to stay Mr. William’s execution, and I ask that you make this decision permanent before leaving office tomorrow. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has long been opposed to the death penalty in any case because it is a cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary punishment that has been applied in a racially disparate manner. However, above and beyond these general problems, there are compelling reasons to spare Mr. William’s life.”

The NAACP President cited a number of reasons including the NAACP’s long opposition to use of the death penalty; DNA evidence showing that the DNA on the murder weapon does not match Mr. Williams. The NAACP also cited the data regarding the disparate treatment and racial inequality in the use and application of the death penalty against African Americans as well as belief that Mr. Williams was denied proper representation.“Several studies have shown that the death penalty is more likely to be imposed when the victim is white. (See the NAACP’s Death Penalty Fact Sheet, http://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-death-penalty-fact-sheet) In addition, racial discrimination in jury selection continues to occur in spite of court decisions forbidding the practice,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson.Some facts on racial disparities in the use of the death penalty in Missouri:

  • When homicides involve white victims, a defendant is 7 times more likely to be executed than if the homicide involved an African-American victim.  Homicides of white female victims are 14 times more likely to lead to executions compared to homicides of African-American male victims. https://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/articles/MissouriExecutions-2015.pdf

 

  • While African Americans make up 11% of Missouri’s population, they make up 33% of Missouri’s death row (8 out of 24).

http://www.naacpldf.org/files/case_issue/DRUSAFall2017_.pdf

 

  • Like Marcellus Williams, almost half those on death row in Missouri are from St. Louis County and of those; most were convicted by all-white juries.

https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/the-ghost-of-herbert-smulls-haunts-missouris-death-penalty-plans/283924/

 

The NAACP is putting its national support behind the push by its Missouri State Conference and state units to push the governor to act before he leaves office today at 5 PM Central Standard Time.

 

For a copy of the letter: Click Here  to read Marcellus Willams’ Request for Commutation.

CTU to Mayor Emanuel: Put New Funds Into Classrooms, Educational Needs, Not Politically Connected Contractors and Policy Scams

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While CPS has won over $1 billion in new funds since 2015, mayor continues to bilk taxpayers and deny vital resources to classrooms, students.

CHICAGO, IL—The Illinois legislature passed a new state budget – with CPS scheduled to receive a significant portion of the additional education funding in the bill.

“We’re demanding that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put those funds into classrooms and educational needs,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Those funds must go to support special education and staffing to reduce classroom sizes, CPS’ contractually promised sustainable community schools pilot project that Emanuel has been dragging his heels on implementing, and other critical front-line educational needs. Anything less is a betrayal of our students, their parents and our city.”

CPS has received more than $1 billion in additional annual revenue since the 2015-16 school year. It would cost CPS $10 million – a tiny fraction of its annual budget – to fund the Sustainable Community Schools pilot project it agreed to deploy in its most recent CTU contract, yet Emanuel’s school officials continue to slow-walk implementation. The project is designed to provide under-resourced school communities with trauma supports, wrap-around services, educational programming and community engagement that builds rich learning environments and a pathway to lifelong success for students.

Emanuel’s hand-picked CPS officials said earlier this year that they would provide $60 million to hold schools harmless on budget cuts related to enrollment declines for the coming school year. But schools began reporting big cuts to budgets and staff after CPS issued budgets last month. Emanuel’s school officials have also continued to ignore the very needs that the new state funding formula is designed to remedy – including a dire shortage of counselors, social workers and support for wrap-around services for low-income students, who make up the bulk of Chicago’s public school population.

Emanuel has touted his support for early childhood education since he was elected, and has expanded free, full-day pre-K in the city’s wealthiest neighborhood. But Wednesday, he said it would take 3-4 years to implement his newly announced expansion of early childhood education, which will only serve 4-year-olds. While Emanuel promised to provide $175 million to support that pre-K expansion, he’s failed to identify new revenue to fund his promise. Last month, CPS forked over a $1.1 million payment to Goldman Sachs and its fellow ‘social impact bond’ investors, part of the repayment of a $17 million bond that was supposed to expand early childhood education – particularly for low-income children. The bond could potentially double the return to investors – at taxpayer expense.

But enrollment in pre-K programs has fallen by 18% since Emanuel took office, including a sharp drop in enrollment in the last two years.

Emanuel has closed more than 60 schools, but failed to provide evidence of savings from the closures, while students impacted by those closures suffer from worse educational outcomes. Emanuel has refused to support progressive revenue sources, denied funds for trauma-related services and class size reduction, and purged thousands of veteran Black educators from CPS.

“For seven years, Emanuel has spent precious public education dollars on whatever he wants – including hundreds of millions on private contracts and insider deals that have failed our students and bilked taxpayers,” said Sharkey. “This mayor has consistently rejected the appeals of parents, educators and neighborhood residents for desperately needed support for our students and our schools. Instead, he’s eagerly chased headlines with his endless failed promises, and ignored the harm that his education policies have had on our children. He’s exacerbated education inequality for our schoolchildren, and his failed control of our schools must end. We demand that he put these new funds into our classrooms and our students’ futures. And we demand that he end his obstruction of state legislation that would allow Chicagoans to elect their own school board – a representative school board that can provide our schools with the accountability, transparency and ethical governance that we deserve.”

Attorney General Madigan Applauds Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Employment Protections for Service Members

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  applauded Illinois lawmakers for passing legislation to clarify and strengthen laws to ensure that Illinois service members’ employment and rights are protected while they are fulfilling military requirements.

SoldiersMadigan initiated Senate Bill 3547, the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA), to strengthen and simplify current state laws designed to provide employment protections to service members. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Tom Cullerton and Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, passed the Illinois Senate and House unanimously and will now be sent to the governor.

SB 3547 simplifies existing Illinois law by consolidating all of the provisions, including employment protections for Illinois service members. In doing this, SB 3547 seeks to make it easier for employers to understand and follow the law. The legislation also gives Madigan’s office the authority to file civil lawsuits to enforce ISERRA and requires her office to create the position of ISERRA Advocate to provide training and information to employers and service members. The advocate will be responsible for investigating complaints and drafting the required notice of rights and duties for employers to post.

“When military service members undertake their job to serve our country, they should not lose their civilian jobs at home,” Madigan said. “This legislation strengthens service members’ employment protections, provides training and enforces the law’s requirements to ensure that service members do not return home to find themselves without a job.”

“Service members and their families make innumerable sacrifices for our country, but their non-military employment should not be one of them,” Chapa LaVia said. “Strengthening employment protection laws and helping employers understand how to comply with those laws is just one way we can thank service members and their families.”

Madigan’s Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau advocates for service members, veterans, and their families and investigates and pursues cases of fraud committed against them, including unlawful advance pension lenders that target veterans and their pension benefits and annuity sales that are misrepresented as effective VA benefit claims assistance. Military service members, veterans and their families can contact Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Hotline for help at 1-800-382-3000 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY) or through Madigan’s website.

The Military and Veterans Rights Bureau also provides assistance to service members, including mediating landlord-tenant disputes for service members facing Permanent Change of Station orders that conflict with lease agreements; mediating financial transaction disputes, such as fraudulent credit report entries or erroneous debts; and seeking to obtain compensation owed to veterans or service members on military leave from their primary employer for annual guard/reserve training.

 

Valerie Jarrett: Say You’ll Vote in 2018

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From: Valerie Jarrett
Former Senior Advisor to President Obama

 

President Obama often says that “if you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

It’s not always easy. It’s far from guaranteed that you will be able to make as much progress as you want. There are days when we’re reminded so clearly that we have not yet reached our destination, and that is why we have to work every day to treat our fellow citizens with dignity and civility.

The culture that we’re creating and the interactions we have with our fellow citizens each day are influenced by those who we elect to represent us.

When we elect people that continually demean others — those of another race, or religion, or gender, or identity, or sexual orientation — and reach for an America in the past instead of one in the future, the results hurt us all.

That’s not who we are — and we can’t ever stop saying so.

We have a responsibility to demand better of our elected officials. We have a responsibility to vote in 2018.

Voting isn’t a magic and immediate solution to every problem we face.

Fixing this will take a willingness to listen and respect one another. It will take a level of empathy towards people who have different opinions than our own, and an effort to understand why they ended up feeling the way they do.

But here’s where we can start: At the ballot box.

Who we lift up to represent us speaks volumes about whether we treat each other with compassion and civility — and it’s time to demand better.

Our government will be as good as we make it. Say you’ll vote in 2018:

 

I will vote

 

 

State Rep. Harper Pushes Measure to Require Greater Accountability on Currency Exchanges, Works to Lower Fees on Consumers

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Currency exchange customers could see lower fees under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago.

“Many people rely on currency exchanges for the basic and necessary service of cashing checks,” said Harper. “Unfortunately, the folks who rely on currency exchanges find themselves stuck with extremely high fees and they are often the ones least in a position to be able to afford them. My legislation will hold currency exchanges accountable and help to ensure that these fees are reasonable and consider the impact on consumers.”

Harper’s Senate Bill 2433 modernizes current Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) practice by requiring the agency to take into account new fees and how those fees will disproportionately impact communities of color when setting the maximum fees that currency exchanges can charge.

“Too many currency exchanges are taking advantage of people who lack access to banks and credit unions by charging unreasonable fees on those who have no choice but to turn to these businesses to cash their checks,” Harper added. “This legislation provides added protection for consumers, particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and help guarantee equal access to vital financial services for everyone regardless of income.”

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.

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