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Happy Holidays! Enjoy Poet’s Corner

Posted by Admin On December - 11 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Mothers: Our Heroes Eternal
Copyright 1994, by Juanita Bratcher

The extent of a mother’s love

Can never be measured by pound

It is unconditional love

Like steel and so profound

She’s protective of her children

To the point of denying herself

She is a woman of distinction

In a class all by herself

She is a mystery woman to some

And a passing stranger to others

But to me and all my siblings

She is our own beloving mother

Her strengths are so unlimited

Her convictions as bold as the night

She is a principled person with fortitude

Armed with courage, grace and foresight

She is a God-fearing woman

Who makes mountains of sacrifices too

She’s there when no one else is

Nurturing her children to see them through

She’s inspiring and uplifting

And her morals always forthright

She keeps the family together

Even when things don’t seem so right

She fights many a battle for her family

Sometimes painful and overbearing

But she handles them with eloquence

Trusting, devotion and insurmountable caring

Her healing powers are oh, so gentle

She can soothe away your tears and fears

There are no limitations for mothers

They hold the key to their children’s cheers

She places them in protective custody

Helps them push their future dreams

She knows how to make them feel special

And motivates them, it always seems

She’s spiritual, uplifting, and diplomatic too

She’s endurable like iron, co-leader of the crew

She’s positive and honest, forgiving of you

She gives moral support from a mother’s view

She’s exhausted, steering her children from obstacles in life

Making sure that they don’t perish

In a world filled with strife

She’s ready to catch them, hold them up when they fall

She feels her powerful love can conquer all

She’s a teacher, psychiatrist, anything you want her to be

She can motivate, encourage, redirect you to see

She’s prepared to take on the rough road ahead

She’s a companion and caretaker, when all’s done and said

There are fond memories of moms

And the many moments shared

Her children know who they are

Simply because mommy cared

This poem was created and dedicated to my mother, Tommie Sean Forte, in 1994, and appeared in my book, “I Cry for a People: In Their Struggle for Justice & Equality.”

 


 

Live and Love Life
Copyright © 2006, by Juanita Bratcher

If you live it, why not enjoy it?
Live and enjoy life to the living end
Enjoy the beauty, taste the flavor
Inhale the fresh air coming within
Take in the silken skies, hovering over the ocean blue
Dance in concert with the moon and stars
Uncover the mysteries of life anew
Have a passion for life
Ignite positive energy abound
Carry the torch of goodwill and charity
Try to turn some negatives around
Life without living is like a cast away ball
Void of air and easy to fall
If you live it, why not claim it?
Know that living belongs to all

 


 

I Cry For A People
Copyright © 1994, by Juanita Bratcher

I cry for a people

For generations to come

There are superficial obstacles

You must overcome

There are challenges ahead of you

You must tackle them head-on

So stand tall for your convictions

And keep your mind strong

Your struggles are many

Your burdens are too

But brave them with gusto

And rise up anew

I cry for a people

For generations to come

They’re tears of joy

Because victory will come

There’s a reservoir of resources

That need to be tapped

But watch out for roadblocks

Lest ye be forever trapped

Use your time very wisely

Try to conquer all

And no matter the consequence

Always stand tall

Keep climbing the mountains

Anchor your own dreams of hope

Never abandon the struggle

And know how to cope

Perseverance can remove doubt

As you pursue your dreams

Avoid the perils of destruction

And work together as a team

Wrap your arms around your children

For they’re a precious lot

Teach them love and respect

What to do, and what not

Stand tall for what you believe in

No matter how tired or worn

And cherish your beginnings

Lest they be twisted and torn

Keep up the protest spirit

If that will bring gains

Don’t listen to pessimists

Who stall progress and restrain

You must have the foresight

And wisdom to see

That change will not come

If you don’t shake the tree

You’re warriors and survivors

You have the tools to effect change

But you must use those tools skillfully

And not use them in vain

I cry for a people

For generations to come

They are tears of joy

Because victory will come

 


 

Life Is A Jigsaw Puzzle
Copyright (c) 2003, by Juanita Bratcher

Life is a jigsaw puzzle

It’s not always fun and games

Life is full of surprises

And nothing ever remains the same

Life can test your courage

It can test your inner strength to endure

It can test your mental psyche

Life is a challenge for sure

Life is an exciting adventure

It can be a bumpy and rocky ride

But life is what you make of it

You don’t need a how-to guide

Life has many dimensions

Too enormous to even count

But life should always have purpose

Void of any amount

Life can be enlightening

Indeed it can be challenging, too

It can be a roaring opportunity

But that depends on you
But never throw in the towel

Because things don’t go your way

Just ride the tides of patience

And keep focused on your dreams each and every day


 

Love Poems

The Newness Of Your Love
By Juanita Bratcher

Copyright © November 25, 2002

The newness of your love gives me a renewed spirit to love again

To passionately hold someone again, for the first time in a long time

The newness of you in my mind, my spirit, my soul

Has found a meaningful place in my heart

One that’s enlightening and precious to me for a reason now that I don’t quite understand

Yet, it’s there, and quite compelling

The newness of this love, so distant, yet gradually coming together in many ways

Like a rose garden in bloom or new growth from seeds planted

One that has not been tested or tried; yet will not be denied

Through this newness, we’re given a chance at love, with hope eternal that it will evolve into something that’s wonderfully joyous for both of us

For that newness between us is like a fluorescent light flickering away in the night, longing for maturity and stability

That newness speaks loud without voice, and it roars without the presence of strong winds

It exists in a vacuum of uncertainty, as it searches for its mere existence

So silent, so sound, so profound

That even the quietness of day, of night, can feel its presence

Budding love, so wonderfully challenging

In an attempt to learn each other, to know each other better

To sort out the essence of this happenstance upon us, which has already survived our precarious evaluations

And now that we have each other’s attention, what will we do to keep it?

There’s that haunting instinct that this new love we’re weaving together shall remain

No doubt, it will remain in our hearts until we see fit to cast it aside or relinquish it
When I Say I Love You

 

By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 2001
When I say I love you

I’m putting my heart and soul in your hands

Because I trust you, and I believe in you

And I feel that you understand my needs and desires, too

When I say I love you

It means that I want to share my innermost thoughts and dreams with you

My feelings, my passions so mired

That you will nurture my dreams and my hopes along with me

And that I can nurture yours along with you, too

That you’ll be a willing partner to share in my tomorrows

That you’ll be my trusted friend, lover and caretaker

When I say I love you

When I say I love you from the bottom of my heart, and from the depths of my soul

It confirms that I care about you and want to be with you forever

That I want you to trust me, and believe in me

For there is no greater love than my love for you

And hopefully, that strong bond between us, and that strong belief we have in each other

Will be that first step in finding that inner peace between us

When I say I love you

The power of those words overwhelms me

Because I’m asking you to be there for me, emotionally and spiritually

To share in my good times as well as my bad times

To know me and my successes, my failures, my likes and dislikes

To know my strengths, my weaknesses, my outlook on life, and your role in it

When I say I love you

I want you by my side in my most private times and share intimate moments with me

And know that I truly love you, need you and want you

When I say I love you

It seems as if the heavens open up and wish us well

And for that, I’m truly grateful

 

Happiness Is A Personal Thing
Copyright (c) 2004, by Juanita Bratcher

I’m responsible for my own happiness

I’m responsible for my daily care

I’m the one who calls the shots for me

No other human being would ever dare

My life is filled with inspiring anecdotes

I make note of them each day

Anything that ensures my happiness

Brings a ray of sunshine and hope my way

Nevertheless, I am a realist

I know that the sun won’t shine every day

So, I allow for the rain that will fall

Realizing that eternal happiness is not a sure thing, in any way

I’ll make my own happiness

I’ll stir up the joy in my life

And when I’m feeling down

I’ll never solve my problems with a frown

I want to enjoy the people I love

Do the things that I love to do

I want to appreciate the small things in life

Those that sometime comes out of the blue

But I’ll never give up on that smile

That’s one of the things that make my day

It paints a picture of happiness

And energizes my life in a positive way
I Am What You See
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright (c) 2003

I am what you see

I am the true me

No artificial moves or putting on airs here

No misconceptions near

I am me

No need to be anyone else

That’s the way I’ll always be

No add-ons

No make believe

Won’t deceive

Cause I’m true to what I believe

I am me

The cover is off for all to see

No disguise here, I’m very wise

No hidden agenda

No suspicious ties

No fakes here

No secrets blowin’ in the wind

Just plain old straight talk

And an attitude in tuned to win

I don’t talk trash

Got no time to bash

And when all’s said and done

Life for me is a bowl of fun

I am what I am

What I want to be

And that’s to be me

No artificial body language here

No misconceptions near

I am me

And that’s the way it will always be

No add-ons

No make believes

Don’t deceive

And true to what I believe
The Joys of Friendship
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright © October 2003

Day by day I’m drawn closer to you in friendship

A bonding friendship; one of giving, one of fair play

Not one that diminishes or takes away

But a friendship that grows day by day

One that generates feelings of ease, of comfort

Yet, calls into play one’s most gullible shortcomings as human beings

A friendship that’s speckled in confidence, faith and support

Providing balance to imbalance

Soaked in comforting spirits of understanding

A friendship, not without faults

Yet, ignites and lights up life with exuberance and joy

A friendship of sheer natural instinct and intellect

Spiced with a delightful sense of humor

A friendship that takes on new meaning as life unfolds

Always providing a barrel of laughter, a bucket of smiles

Buried within that extraordinary, unwavering sense of humor

Bringing tons of unforgettable advice and solace

That friendship has strengthened and enabled me to take on the obstacles in life

Fully confident of back up, should I fall

The joys of friendship, that warm smile on your face, when needed

A helping hand to work things out when things go wrong

Knowing that you’re here for me

That friendship you give carries me along

This poem appeared in an anthology, The Best Poems & Poets of 2003, and in Sound of Poetry, a three-CD album collection of 33 favorite poems by the International Library of Poetry.

 

Silent Love Hurts
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright

There’s that silent love wandering inside of me
Waiting for its presence to be known
It’s been lingering there for the longest of time
And over a period of time it has grown

It’s that silent love, buried beneath layers of false pride
Lurking behind thicken walls, begging to be justified
Silent love, with no outlet in sight to flow through
So I sit around and daydream, imagine things out of the blue

Silent love, treading the shadows of uncertainty
Hampering my desire to love
My heart is filled with emptiness
And only one person can give it a shove

Silent love, locked up inside of me, where others will never see
Ferociously screaming, demanding to be set free
Silent love, rushing through the depths of my soul
Tapping at my heart, under control, yet so daringly bold

Silent love, in bondage, makes me daydream every day
True love, these unnerving desires just won’t go away
Silent love, so faint my heart keeps skipping beats
But it’ll all come together when our minds and souls shall meet

 

Freedom Is Everyone’s Right
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 12/15/03

No matter how hard the struggle

No matter how long the fight

Never give up on efforts

To make sure freedom is everyone’s right

Sometimes the battle may seem quite laden

And at times may seem off-cue

But hold on to determination and perseverance

Those are the things that will see you through

 

Cherishing the Memories
By Juanita Bratcher
Copyright 2009

They’re memories I dare to depart from

They’re habits I’ve learned to resist

They’re proud moments I’ll cherish forever

My passion for life is never at risk

There are dreams I’ve fully accomplished

Those results are clearly defined

I have no intentions of resting on my laurels

Because life continues on without rewinds

Is Alderman Michelle Harris Trying to Destroy a Multi-Million Dollar Historical Landmark and Legacy in the 8th Ward, the Black Community? There are Some Who Think So.

Posted by Admin On October - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Jerald Gary and Linda HudsonIs Harris the Best Person to Represent the 8th Ward Community? There Are Many Who Think Not!

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

While allowing strangers to come into the 8th ward and build a low-income housing project in a mid to upper middle class neighborhood near the affluent Black community known as Pill Hill, Harris consistently interrupts the progress of a young black entrepreneur and investor that grew up in the community. What is her angle? Who is she trying to help take over or take down the Avalon Regal Theater where great notable icons like Aretha Franklin once performed and was crowned the “Queen of Soul” there? Could it be that she does not support any business she cannot benefit from as she did with the Montclare low-income housing project whose developers don’t live in the community but donated at least $25,000 to her campaign?

What is the agenda with black alderman on the South side that they allow outsiders to steamroll or buy them out so they can define and develop a community that doesn’t belong to them? They didn’t come running until the Obama library construction was announced. Black aldermen are allowing prime real estate to go down in value so it can be purchased at a low cost or grabbed by parasites buying and flipping property.

Alderman Michelle Harris’ office had the Chicago Police Department storm troopers raid the front and back entrances with 20-30 officers according to an affidavit submitted by a producer during the filming of a gospel teen music video with “nine teen dancers, three parent chaperones and a video crew of seven people…19 in the audience chairs” there at the Avalon Regal Theater. Imagine the trauma the kids suffered, being inundated daily by media depictions of police violence against black youth.  Amidst the chaos, over a half dozen police vehicles raced to the theater where potential visitors had gathered for an annual Chicago architectural tour. They stood in amazement to see signs stating that they were not permitted to enter. The annual Avalon Regal tour had been a part of the popular Architectural Open House Walk for the past three years without incident. The long anticipated event was seen as a beacon of hope to raise awareness and possible contributions, for the minor repairs needed to allow the theater to be self-generating monetarily. During the encounter, witnesses say officers threatened to arrest everyone, including Ms. Peggy Sutton from Mayfair Dance Academy. Mr. Gary was taken into police custody and later released. No charges were filed.

Unwarranted Raid: Mr. Jerald Gary‘s Avalon Regal raided by CPD. He Was Arrested!

Reportedly someone said Harris’ office had called police on the owner of the Avalon Regal Theater. Kids were reported frightened “and it will probably have a mental affect on them for a long time.” What was she thinking!? If she was truly concerned as reported, was she not smart enough to consider the affect this scenario might have on the young people? However, she told CopyLine Magazine that she tried to help and work with him. She said it was a court order issued by the city. Although, Mr. Gary didn’t agree with her statement.

Don’t let Alderman Harris’ personal agenda get in the way of a legacy that belongs to the whole community. Help Support the Avalon Regal Theatre and Mr. Jerald Gary’s efforts to revitalize the community starting with reopening the venue with concerts and plays that will also include a innovative cutting edge hologram technology of the greats performing. Imagine sitting back watching a Billie Holiday concert or Curtis Mayfield as others watched when they were in their prime. Nowhere else in the city, county or state is anything on this level being done. The Avalon Regal Theater is “uniquely positioned to serve Chicago’s South Side and Northwest Indiana.

According to Mr. Gary, “It’s not just about entertainment, but education and community empowerment and development as well.” Avalon Regal is the largest venue in the region. Beautiful videos have been shot there with companies like Nike, Glade and others taking advantage of the opulent surroundings.

UPDATE: Michelle Harris office is back paddling in Facebook wars after seeing the Sun-Times report that Super Star Kanye West is interested in helping the Avalon Regal Theater open back up. Kanye tweeted many of his followers about his support. Again, an opportunist like Harris has no interest in anything that helps the community unless it helps her. She obviously doesn’t care what it looks like unless she is shamed on social media as she has been intensively for the past several months with photos of blight and hopelessness in the 8th ward. Only then she jumps to some action. Everything that her opponent calls her out on, she is trying to fix only now, a couple of months before the election. She even went as far as to take photo opportunities with Kanye West and Jerald Gary and have them posted on Facebook. Could it be there was a spark when the Harris team saw one of her opponents, Linda Hudson in a photo visiting Mr. Gary and the Avalon Theater for the purpose of offering her support by taking a look around and posting his fundraising campaign link to encourage others to help out as well? Missing from the photo-captions lauded by the Harris team on the incumbent’s Facebook campaign site, was that it was a standing (regular) meeting prior to her 8th Ward challenger Linda Hudson’s visit. Furthermore, “the meeting was with the City” to discuss the Landmark Commission’s involvement in the minor work to be done on the Avalon Regal Theater to open it up for public use. Kanye West was there with Jerald Gary because he will be playing a big part in helping to reopen the theater. This regularly scheduled meeting with the City was not a Michelle Harris meeting. Funny how it wasn’t mentioned in the photo credits that it was a Landmark Commission & City of Chicago meeting with the theater owner and his investor. Was it an oversight? I think not. Just another effort to fool the public into believing she was there to give her support to Mr. Gary. It’s said a picture speaks a thousand words. Gauging the expressions on the faces and the body language in the photos posted by Harris office definitely seem to tell a story all their own, and it’s not the one they are spinning.

Mayfair Dance Academy Teens
Photo from that day at the Avalon Regal Theater just before Chicago Police raided the place on false rumors that 400 people would be sneaked in the back door to raise money for the restoration of the place. Where is the water claimed to be pouring in on this rainy day as reported by Harris office? It doesn’t look like they are in dark rains here. According to this photo taken then, there are obviously lights on in the place too.

Up next: How an alderman can “ghettofy” a middle class community with a mural and a low income housing project.

 

 

Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman

Will the Real Alderman Michelle Harris Step Down as Alderman of the 8th Ward

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

The 8th Ward looks disgusting, and we can prove it. Don’t believe it? Drive up and down its main streets. Ald. Michelle Harris is helping the area plunge down into a slum by allowing businesses to come in that prey on the poor all the while attempting to transform the 8th ward and its communities into a slum to inevitably help and allow strangers to come in and buy for pennies on the dollar.

In the meantime, your property values will go down and crime will go up. Within the slums she builds and cultivates is one of the most affluent black communities in Chicago known as Pill Hill. Once a very wealthy black community, her reign has littered the surrounding area with deteriorating businesses and vacant property leaving the area only desirable for blood-suckers and exploitative businesses to come in, including her tower of Babel that pitted the communities against each other; thanks to her forked tongue delivery of the project and its component known as the Montclare, a low-income senior housing project that she was able to get the go-ahead from the city to allow construction. It will be her testament to her tenure and the ornament that shines in the middle of the devastation created under her watch including dialysis centers, organ donation facilities, businesses that buy blood from our young, businesses that can fence merchandise stolen from our neighbors, cash advance, storage units for people to store and many will eventually lose what they have due to discrimination and unemployment.

page from Michelle Harris site that was changed

To add insult to injury, Ald. Harris has changed the report  abandoned vehicles page on her website to report vacant/abandoned buildings, instead of adding a new page to report abandoned buildings. Is this an attempt to look like she was concerned  about the abandoned buildings all the time by editing an existing page so it wouldn’t look like a new page? So much for reporting abandoned vehicles! This is just one example of the deception that constantly takes place when her ineptness is exposed or feels her position (she calls it a job) is threatened. It’s obvious she was shamed into looking as if she was concerned about it all the time, when she was not, yet she was tooting her own horn all over the place about how she was building the 8th Ward up with a low-income housing project in a middle to upper- middle class community. What a joke!

We saw all of the pictures of the slums and lack of maintenance on empty and abandoned buildings, some in deplorable and dangerous conditions as well as severely broken sidewalks and filthy streets being shared on the Citizens for “Linda Hudson, 8th Ward Aldermanic Candidate’s” Facebook page, and obviously she and her staff did too.

While they are half hanging street cleaning signs, the Department of Streets & Sanitation is coming through every month cleaning streets and ticketing the cars of people that didn’t see the signs because they weren’t placed properly where they could be seen. There was a time when residents didn’t get tickets on their street, the sweeper just went around and you you’d lose out on the cleaning.

Ald. Harris, please, for the well-being and sake of the community, step down as alderman. It is obvious you haven’t been a good caretaker for the ward. You’re in over your head – no creativity, no ideas, no vision, and nothing for the 8th ward but blight.

 

Photos courtesy of Citizens for “Linda Hudson, 8th Ward Aldermanic Candidate.”

NOTE: Click on first image and use left & right arrows to navigate gallery.

Linda Hudson for Alderman of the 8th Ward

Five Million Americans say it’s Time to Impeach

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
From: Tom Steyer
Bob Fertik, Democrats.com <activist@democrats.com>

The entire world watched the day Donald Trump took Vladimir Putin’s side in Helsinki, finally seeing what so many of us have been seeing for so long.

The world saw President Trump deny that Putin orchestrated a cyber-attack on our 2016 elections — and deny the consensus of our intelligence community that Russia is already attempting to attack our elections again this year.

There’s a name for siding with a hostile foreign dictator against the American people and their democracy: Treason. And Donald Trump’s treason has put our nation’s very democracy at risk.

Impeachment was written into the Constitution to remove a president who, just like Trump, betrays the American people. Join our movement and demand his impeachment now!

Show you’re in today: Yes, I will stand with Need to Impeach now and demand Congress impeach President Trump.

Last month Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking party platforms and stealing information from half a million American voters. That makes for 35 indictments in the investigation of Russian interference and related crimes, along with five guilty pleas — so far.

Trump dismissed these allegations because Putin — who was standing next to him at the time, after a two-hour private meeting — “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial.”

Since when does the U.S. president take the word of the leader of Russia on matters of national security? We cannot let this stand. We cannot allow ourselves to be led by a compromised president who not only allows but defends foreign attacks on our nation’s most elemental democratic processes.

We need to impeach Donald Trump.

We can’t wait any longer. Stand with Need To Impeach to defend democracy and help demand the impeachment of this compromised president.

More than 5.5 million Americans have joined our movement so far. Every day, more and more people are realizing that we cannot let this president endanger our democracy any longer.

Thank you,

Tom Steyer

Chicago Teachers Union on Abuse Report: CPS, Mayor, Have Failed Our Students – and Emanuel’s Control of Schools Must End

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Schools must have democratic oversight from elected, representative school board – the path forward to provide transparency and accountability that protects students from harm, says union.

Chicago Teachers Union on Abuse Report: CPS, Mayor, Have Failed Our Students – and Emanuel’s Control of Schools Must End CHICAGO, IL—The CPS released a report on system-wide failures to protect students from sexual abuse – an appalling example of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s failed control our schools. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement in response to the report’s deeply troubling findings:

“Rahm Emanuel and his hand-picked school bosses have failed repeatedly to protect schoolchildren from harm,” said CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey. “Emanuel’s hand-picked administrators and board of education have repeatedly rebuffed our efforts to establish an independent task force to address this issue, just as CPS has repeatedly bungled its efforts in re-fingerprinting educators.

“Our primary responsibility as educators is to ensure the safety of our students – a responsibility the mayor has undermined. Instead, Emanuel has closed nearly a hundred schools, slashed school budgets, robbed our school communities of veteran educators and created a dangerous shortage of social workers, clinical psychologists, counselors and certified school nurses. These are exactly the professionals best equipped to train students and staff to be alert to potential abuse, and to identify and address any threats to students. Our teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals struggle under mayoral control—a school regime that has repeatedly covered up and concealed threats to student safety, whether that is rodent-infested buildings or sexual predators. Our schools and our students are little more than pawns in the mayor’s endless racket to enhance his political stature – a distorted agenda that has created what today’s report calls “costly changes”, and an inconsistent, dangerous culture in our schools that undercuts our students’ very safety and trust in our school communities.

“Rahm Emanuel owns this crisis – and he owns every single crisis our school district has confronted since he took over in 2011. His failed leadership of our schools must end, and the people of this city must be granted what they have repeatedly demanded – an elected, representative school board that is accountable, transparent and committed first, foremost and always to the wellbeing of our students and their school communities, rather than the mayor’s political fortunes.”

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.”

 

CTU Responds to New CPS Background Check Policy

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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

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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

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

Posted by Admin On June - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

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

 

 

 

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