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NAACP Critical of NFL Gag Order on Protesting Police Brutality

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NFL Racist?BALTIMORE, MD — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding the National Football League (NFL) owners decision to ban kneeling on the field by players as symbolic protests against the unfair treatment of African-Americans.

“Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals. Instead of coming together to address an issue disproportionately plaguing the African-American, the NFL owners have chosen to bury their heads and silence players. Players cannot disconnect from the aggression African-Americans face every day.  Just a few weeks ago, an NFL player was stopped by police and accused of being a gang member. Others including Michael Bennett have experienced dangerous and threatening experiences at the hands of police.

“The issue of police brutality remains a pressing issue when 408 people have been killed by police this year. Black men are almost three times more likely to be killed by the use of deadly force than White men.  Despite the annual killing of approximately 1,000 people by police, in a 12-year period, only 28 police officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty killing.

“The NAACP supports and commends the athletes in the NFL, NBA, and WNBA who refuse to stay quiet and just play ball – they stand strong with all people who continue to fight for social justice.”

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own Homes

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own HomesFree event sponsored by National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the Dearborn Realtist Board to uncloak the home buying process and help raise Chicago Black homeownership rates.

Washington, DC  –  Latest available *analyzed mortgage lending data indicates that Black American residents comprising 30.9% of the City of Chicago’s population, received only 5,032 (8.7%) of new mortgage loans.  In contrast, Whites representing just over 32% of the city’s population received 32,782 (57%) of all new mortgages. 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the nation’s oldest minority real estate trade group is working to change this statistical landscape through accessible and accurate information about homeownership directed toward Black consumers. On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Black Chicago area residents are invited to attend NAREB’s Community Wealth Building Day to learn from lenders, government officials, and housing counselors how to build wealth through homeownership and understand that a home purchase is within reach. The free event, held in conjunction with NAREB’s local chapter, the Dearborn Realtist Board and NID Housing Counseling Agency takes place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

“The Chicago mortgage lending disparity is beyond startling. Think how many of the city’s neighborhoods could be revitalized if more Black residents knew they could purchase homes. The city’s tax base would increase, more businesses could thrive in owner-occupied neighborhoods, and they would become desirable places to live, and raise families. At the same time, homeownership improves economic futures for Black American residents,” said Jeffrey Hicks, President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Consumers can expect to hear and talk to experts about: purchase assistance funds; understanding the mortgage process; what to expect from a lender and what questions to ask; the impact of student loans on mortgage loans; solving bad credit issues; the value of home ownership counseling, along with other key topics. Consumers are encouraged to ask questions from the experts to get the answers they need about home purchase or real estate investment strategies. The first 100 people at Community Wealth Building Day will receive a free credit report and an assessment.

“We are thrilled to offer the community an opportunity to take control of their financial destiny by getting the tools they need to become a homeowner and build equity for their family,” said Jones. “Many people can afford a home based on the rent they pay, but they don’t have those tools in place to get on that path, such as improving their credit score, saving for a down payment and mining the homebuying process; we will help them develop these skills so they walk out of our event with the mindset of becoming a homeowner.” 

Special guests speaking at the lunch program include: Congressman Danny Davis, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Alderman Michael Scott, Cook County Land Bank Authority Executive Director Rob Rose and others, in addition to remarks from two event sponsors, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 

The day kicks off with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. opening the Vendor Showcase and admittance to the consumer information sessions, the Clergy Roundtable, and complimentary lunch for all attendees. Families are encouraged to bring their children to have fun in the Kids Zone, which includes, face painting, music and more. Throughout the day, event participants can register for prizes including a washer/dryer combo, flat screen TVs and other giveaways as they interact with Community Wealth Building Day exhibitors. 

“NAREB has started a movement, our 2 Million New Black Homeowners program to establish a new wealth building platform for Black Americans, nationwide.  The program is not only our commitment, but our responsibility and obligation to our community.  That’s why we’re bringing this consume-focused event to Chicago,” Hicks added.

For more information and to register for the FREE Community Wealth Building Day, sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/communitywealthbuilding2018.

 

* Latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for Chicago analyzed by LendingPatterns™, an online HMDA data analysis software program developed by ComplianceTech.

 

About NAREB: 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 to secure the right to equal housing opportunities for all regardless of race, creed, or color.  NAREB has 90 chapters located nationwide and publishes annually The State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) Report. Visit www.nareb.com for more information. Or call 301-552-9340.

About Dearborn Realtist Board

The Dearborn Realtist Board is the oldest African American real estate trade association. Established in 1941, the area where African Americans resided was a community in Chicago called Dearborn, which stemmed from 22nd St. on the north, south to 63rd St., east to the Lake and west to Wentworth St. This area is where our founding Presidents established their office, and the name Dearborn Realtist Board was formed. The Dearborn Realtist mantra is “Democracy in Housing”. We are at the forefront of economic development in housing in the African American community.                     

Alderman Moore Honors Veterans During South Side Memorial Day Parade

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Happy Memorial Day!Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes

Chicago, IL  – 17th Ward Alderman David Moore hosts the South Side Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 18.  This year the parade returns for its second year to pay homage to Community Veterans and War Time heroes who often times feel forgotten about. Attendees are in for a treat as the parade includes dignitaries, notables and more.

The parade and celebration kicks off from the beautiful St. Leo Veteran’s Home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood (7750 S. Emerald Ave Chicago, IL).

This year’s keynote speaker is Useni Eugene Perkins, Poet, Playwright and Author of “Hey Black Child”. Headliners include the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and The Tuskegee Airmen of the Dodo Chapter. The parade’s Grand Marshals and honorees include Allan Streeter, Korean War Hero and former 17th Ward Alderman, Estelle Long, WWII Veteran and Luis Watson, WWII Veteran of the 2664 Civilian Conservation Corps. Chicago’s own Military Academy JROTC will be leading as color guard; the parade precession will include Final Phaze Dance Team, Oglesby School Performing Arts and Tea With A Queen Girl Scouts Troop #25674.

“This event is aimed at showing appreciation to our veterans for their courage, service and most of all sacrifices made to defend our country. This parade is the opportunity to shed light on our neighborhood heroes in which our youth can look up to and connect with heroes who serve and protect our country. The parade also sheds light and positivity on the amazing memorial day programs happening throughout Chicago,” says Alderman David Moore.

Immediately preceding the parade will be a wreath ceremony at the Veteran Garden led by Alderman Moore and Useni Eugen Perkins to salute the slain veterans.

Order of Events:
Lineup: 9am at St. Leo’s Residence For Veterans (7750 S. Emerald Ave)
10am Parade Step-Off
11am Wreath Ceremony Lineup

Parade Route: 

  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. South to 79th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 79th S. Emerald West to 79th S. Halsted Street
  • 79th S. Halsted Street North to 76th S. Halsted Street
  • 76th S. Halsted Street East to 76th S. Emerald Ave.
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76th S. Emerald Ave. South to 77th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. to St. Leo Veterans Garden (7750 S. Emerald Ave)

For Press Contact: Rashanah Baldwin, Baldwin Media Group
Phone: 312-566-8647
Baldwinmediagroup@gmail.com

Real Men Cook’s 2018 Father’s Day Celebration to Pay Tribute to Fathers for 29th Year

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Real Men Cook 2018Real Men Cook® — Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event – will host its 29thth annual celebration to fathers on the grounds of Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove on June 17 from 3PM to 6PM. The overall purpose of the event is to honor fathers, father-figures and other Real Men.

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind.

The event will be held at Hales Franciscan because the School’s mission to educate, uplift and guide African-American boys aligns with the mission of Real Men Cook and its charitable arm, Real Men Charities. While the event’s centerpiece will be at Hales Franciscan, there will be satellite Real Men Cook celebrations in Chicago’s South Suburbs sponsored by Fathers and Blessings, and in Gary, Indiana hosted by Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary.

For the first time in the history of the 29-year event, there will be an upscale, sit-down white-tablecloth dinner option on Father’s Day at the Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75th Street, headquarters of Real Men Charities.  This addition to the Real Men Cook festivities is in response to many men who expressed a desire to be feted in a formal setting. The Quarry will feature jazz and a seven-course meal that will be served by wait staff. Tickets for the gala event are $45. Proceeds will go to Real Men Charities.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, Real Men Charities, Inc. Executive Director, indicated that Real Men Cook decided to focus all of its resources on showcasing Hales Franciscan High School and Fathers and Blessings because the three share a common mission to cultivate the character of young African-American men and to uplift the family. As a result, a partnership was launched. “Under this alliance,” explained Cartman, “our organizations collaborate year-round through mentoring and service programs.”

Obari Cartman. PhD Psychology, Real Men Charities, Inc. program manager, will provide programming and coordinate activities that align with the organization’s Men’s Wellness Sunday activities, which are offered from the Quarry Events Center from 11:00 – 1:30 each Sunday.

Dr. Cartman underscored the reason the Chicago celebration will be held at Hales Franciscan by noting its progress. He said that in 2017-2018, Hales successfully completed a full academic year with one class after being closed the prior year. He stressed that on the strength of the triumphant relaunch, Hales will begin its second year in the fall with an added class. The school’s plan is to eventually have a full complement of males at every grade level.

Yvette Moyo, Real Men Cook co-founder, credits President Anthony (Taifa) Daniels –Halisi, for his dedication. He said he is grateful that Real Men Cook selected Hales because the celebration shines a light on the school and its long history of transforming African-American boys into men.

The University of Chicago Medicine will host The Health and Wellness Zone, which supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities, and the tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children.

Real Men Cook is a much-anticipated and eagerly-awaited annual celebration.   Men devote Father’s Day to cooking their special dishes and to serving the community. Among those who will be preparing and serving is a new consortium of emerging cooks known as Chicago’s Black Chefs.  These young cooks will be featuring their favorite dishes at Hales and at the Quarry, as well as in the south suburbs at the event to benefit Fathers and Blessings.

Some of the high-profile men who have donned a chef’s hat and participated in the past include U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Congressmen Danny Davis, John Conyers, and John Lewis. Former State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., and his son State Senator Emil Jones III and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson have also joined in past celebrations.

Sponsors of Real Men Cook 2018 are ComEd, University of Chicago Medicine, the Obama Foundation and Great Migration Centennial.

For more information, visit www.realmencook.com

About Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook was conceived and launched in Chicago in 1989 by entrepreneurs Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo as a local Father’s Day family celebration. The original concept grew to being celebrated in as many as 13 cities and evolved into a national Father’s Day tradition.

About Real Men Charities

Real Men Charities, Inc. is the sponsor and the benevolent arm of Real Men Cook. It is committed to building healthy families and communities with emphases on male outreach involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. As part of its mission, the year Real Men Charities was awarded a Safe and Peaceful Communities grant for the third year from the Chicago Community Trust. Ayinde Cartman is Executive Director, Dr. Obari Cartman is Program Manager and Kevyn Giggers is Associate Director.

 

 

 

Not So Fast, Alderman Harris, The Fight to Keep Low Income Housing Out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights is Not Over

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Fight to keep low-income housing out of Pill Hill Calumet HeightsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

It was not a surprise yesterday when the Chicago Zoning Board gave 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris her wish in approving the Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave. 8th Ward residents in opposition to the 134 Unit, 7 Story building expected that decision. That’s because the Zoning Board is known to be, and has always been a Rubber Stamp for aldermen and the city and to hell with community residents that flock to their meetings in hope of getting a fair decision. But they soon find out that there is no such thing as a fair decision for them, that their hopes get lost in the wind. The Board does not have a good track record in regards for the general public at large that are at their mercy hoping that they will listen to their grievances in good faith. But they don’t. The alderman and the city have them in their “Hip Pocket.”

But some residents are ready to pull out their secret weapon. It was in their hip pocket all along but they were waiting for the outcome of the Zoning Board decision and were ready to shift into Phase Two immediately if their complaint wasn’t treated in a fair manner. And they have already started the process. That secret weapon is “Spot Zoning”, which if proven can pull the bottom from under the decision made by the Zoning Board in the City Council Chambers yesterday.

There were congratulatory remarks made to the alderman yesterday for getting her wish, but the 8th Ward residents who oppose it say: Not so fast to the alderman and her supporters. This decision might end up in the courtroom. Spot Zoning is an alternative and it’s possible that they will seek a lawyer to get through the bureaucratic mess thrown upon them.

This is a serious matter. And for many who oppose it and lost the battle in the Zoning Board yesterday, they are not giving up yet. There’s the possibility it’s headed for legal action.

In a Crain’s Chicago Business article “You can’t fight City Hall—at least on residential zoning” (December 8, 2017), it stated:In a Chicago where City Hall is desperate for new revenue and developers are delighted to provide it—in exchange for a fatter bottom line, of course—there’s little percentage in standing in front of the bulldozers and saying no.”

In an article on Spot Zoning by Craig Hullinger, AICP and Chuck Eckenstahler, AICP, it states: “Webster defines spot as 1) a particular place of relatively small a definite limits, 2) a mark on a surface differing sharply in color from the surroundings, 3) a position; location and 4) a set of circumstances; a situation, especially a troublesome one.

“REZONING ISSUES TO CONSIDER
In Illinois, there is a specific set of requirements which a Plan Commission must consider when evaluating a request for the rezoning of a parcel of land. These standards were established by the Illinois Supreme Count in two cases; LaSalle and Richton Park. Generally, for a rezoning matter upheld in the Supreme Court the Plan Commission must consider.”

TO BE CONTINUED

Alderman Harris Did it Again!: A Basic Show of Disrespect for 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Harris Blowing Smoke in the 8th WardBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Alderman Michelle Harris rubbed 8th Ward residents the wrong way yesterday at a Zoning Board hearing, and her actions could cost her in the next Aldermanic Election. Many 8th Ward residents at the hearing complained that she is not a “good caretaker” for the ward and vowed to defeat her in the next election.

Harris got the wrath of 8th Ward residents at a Zoning Board hearing at City Hall yesterday when she told Zoning Board members to put 8th Ward residents last on the agenda to speak and air their grievances about a 134 Unit, 7 Story building coming into the community which most of the residents are totally against. Yet, Harris said she has a lot of support from people who live in the ward to bring in the housing project. That is not likely and not an accurate assessment.

In case you don’t know or have not attended a Zoning Board meeting, people from all across the city in various wards bring their grievances to the Zoning Board. There are plenty of people there at these hearings. So with 8th Ward residents being at the end of the agenda, they had to wait a long period of time before they could be heard. Many felt the alderman was deliberately inconveniencing them because they were at the hearing to state their opposition to the housing project.

It reminded many of them who have been very active in trying to keep the housing project out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights of her having six SUV police squad cars out on the street in front of her ward office to try and intimidate them with police presence during a press conference in front of her ward office at 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave. But even that didn’t work, no one had come to the press conference to cause violence. And her actions were seen as an abuse of power and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Harris and her staff told residents that they had a survey poll taken of 8th Ward residents about the housing project but it is yet to be seen. At the Zoning Board hearing yesterday she told Marcel Bright that he could get the survey (he had tried many times before), that they would gladly give it to him. When requesting it after the hearing, he was told that he would have to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to get it. There is no need for him to do that. That is to inconvenience him to get it.

Many 8th Ward residents say enough is enough. They were instrumental in keeping a medical marijuana facility and pawnshop out of the ward that the alderman supported.

Additionally, they point to statistics from the last Aldermanic Election in 2015 where Harris only won by 9, 167 votes. Her two opponents, Faheem Shabazz received 2, 113 votes and Tara Baldridge received 2,096. The total of votes for all three candidates was 13, 376. Also at the time of that election, Harris had been alderman for about 9 years. She was the incumbent. There were 38,412 voters in the 8th Ward in 2015, and as the incumbent alderman she did not receive that many votes.

Presently, there are less registered voters in the ward than in 2015. As of today, according to the Board of Elections Commission, there are only 35,726 registered voters in the 8th Ward. However, Harris will have a tough row to hoe in the next Aldermanic Election. The word circulating through the 8th Ward is “we want her out.”

 

Pill Hill & 8th Ward Residents: It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings…And no, She Didn’t Sing Yet

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Til the Fat Lady Sings: Low Income homes not a done dealBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

8th Ward residents, If you hear the expression that “it’s a done deal” pertaining to the proposed Low Income Housing Project coming to the Pill Hill & Calumet Heights area in the 8th Ward, don’t believe it. This misinformation is being passed on to make you think that it’s a done deal and you’ll give up on your efforts to keep it out. Not so! It’s a game that’s being played many times over. As they say, the game doesn’t stop. It doesn’t even slow down. The zoning must be changed in order to bring this 134 Unit, 7 Story tall building to 94th & Stony Island Ave., and the Zoning Board has yet to act on the request.

So it Ain’t Over ‘Til the Fat Lady Sings” and the Fat Lady didn’t sing yet. There are many 8th Ward residents that are angry and will continue to fight against it coming.

The Zoning Board will hold a hearing on the proposed Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing Project, consisting of 134 units, 7 Story tall, on May 9, 2018, 10 AM, in the City Council Chambers. Be there to make your voices be heard. And also tell your neighbors to be there.

Those 8th Ward residents who opposed the building coming in are concerned about the integrity, stability and economic growth of the ward, all of which seem to have diminished.

8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing May 9th at City Hall and let their voices be heard in opposition to the proposed Low Income, Section 8 housing project – 134 Units, 7 Story building coming to the 8th Ward at 94th & Stony Island Ave.

Again, the Zoning Board Hearing is scheduled for May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

Tell your neighbors about this meeting and share it on Facebook and other social networks with your friends and neighbors.

 

 It’s important that “YOU (WE) BE THERE”

 

For more information, call Linda Hudson @ (773) 909-0137.

Is 8th Ward Alderman and City Powers-to-Be Out to Destroy the Only Black Affluent Area Left in Chicago – the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Area?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

8th Ward Alderman Abuse of Power ContinuesBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

There is strength and power in numbers. And 8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing on the Proposed Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave., on May 9th, at 10 AM, in the City Council Chambers.

“We’re keeping the faith, hoping that we can stop this housing project from coming into our ward,” said an 8th Ward resident of more than 40 years. We will not give up on our efforts to keep the Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing Complex from coming to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Communities. However, I, as well as many others in the ward, wonder why 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris would lie and deceive us on what is going on in the ward and she never held a community meeting with homeowners that are most affected by its coming. She did not hold a question and answer meeting with them. The alderman is very supportive of this project, and would dare to do this to our community.”

Nonetheless, a little while ago, Harris tried to bring in a Medical Marijuana facility and pawnshop to the ward, but 8th Ward residents fought tooth and nail against them and successfully blocked them from coming in. Many see this as a pattern, that Harris’ outreach on the quality of businesses brought into the ward sets a very dismal pattern, all of which have been scorned by residents who question the type of businesses coming in. They say her poor choice of businesses has contributed highly to the business areas steady erosion which has brought about negativity problems and changes in the ward’s atmosphere and environment; and in many instances, do not bring economic development to the ward.

Several angry 8th Ward residents have consistently attended community meetings and had a press conference where they yelled loudly that “We Don’t Want It.”

In a flyer, an 8th Ward group stated: “Do Not Change the Zoning in Our Neighborhood.”

In order for the proposed housing project to come into the ward, the zoning must be changed.

The flyer further states that: Alderman Harris is asking the City Council to change the zoning at 94th and Stony Island to allow for the Montclare Low Income building which will consist of 134 units and 7 Story tall, to come into the area. Reportedly, the area is zoned for businesses, but Harris wants to change it to include residential.

A section was also in the flyer that informed opponents of the site coming (whose numbers are greater than supporters of the site: “Why We Say No.”

  • Changing the neighborhood from quiet homeowners to a high density building community
  • Increases pedestrian traffic on a major thoroughfare
  • Decreases property values of current homeowners
  • Sets a dangerous precedent to allow developers to put up more density projects in our neighborhood )while they would never put these buildings in their own communities)

8th Ward residents are encouraged to attend this important Zoning Board meeting on May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

 

Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward ResidentsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

When 8th Ward residents learned that the EEOC had filed a lawsuit against Huddle House, a restaurant chain that subjected a black employee to “racially offensive language” and already in a business deal with 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, they were dumbfounded, angry and wondered why the alderman would make a city deal with the restaurant chain to bring in a restaurant to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave., which is about 90 or 95 percent Black residents.

The lawsuit charged that managers of the Huddle House Pine Bluff Restaurant subjected Angela Whitfield, a Black Employee, to a racially hostile work environment, and that the management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Further, the EEOC charged in the lawsuit that the restaurant was in violation of a federal law by subjecting a black employee to racially offensive language.

The EEOC sued Huddle House for racial harassment, filing a discrimination lawsuit against H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House Pine Bluff restaurant, stating that Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, a black employee who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to a hostile environment and used racially offensive language because of her race.

The EEOC stated that “Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.” The lawsuit was filed in October 2014.

The issue came up when 8th Ward residents started protest meetings against Alderman Harris because she supports the Montclare Senior Low Income, Section 8  Housing Project and is pushing hard to bring the 134 Unit, 7 Story building into the 8th Ward Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area, an area where middle and upper middle class residents live.

One of the protesters, yours truly, Dr. Juanita Bratcher, publisher of CopyLine Magazine and a longtime resident of the Pill Hill area, in an interview told a reporter that more than 200 people attended a meeting to oppose the building; however, Harris said it was more like 20. Untrue.

Dr. Bratcher dismissed the alderman’s untruth and misinformation, stating that she was at the meeting and saw the people that attended. Alderman Harris did not attend the meeting and has shunned two invitations from 8th Ward residents to attend their meetings so they can ask questions of her and the proposed project scheduled for their area, residents that would be mostly affected by its coming.

The alderman claimed that 99% of the ward supported her to bring the housing project into the ward. Not so. A Survey Poll of the ward by Urban Media Strategies found that 55% of the people polled were not aware of the project.

Two restaurants will be part of the proposed Low Income, Section 8 Housing site, according to plans. One of them is Huddle House. However, residents do not want the housing or the restaurants to come into the area.

In an interview with a news reporter, Harris said she thinks Huddle House will be up and running before the senior residences are complete. Harris told another reporter: “I don’t know anything about an EEOC complaint, but how would I know about a national problem. I suspect an EEOC complaint may have been filed against McDonald restaurants,” she stated.

 

Herewith is EEOC Press Release About the Lawsuit Against Huddle House:

 

PRESS RELEASE
10-1-14

Huddle House Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Managers of Pine Bluff Restaurant Subjected Black Employee to Racially Hostile Work Environment, Federal Agency Charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House, violated federal law by subjecting a black employee to a hostile work environment because of her race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to racially offensive language. Among other things, members of Huddle House’s management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.

“We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, yet employees continue to fight for dignity and respect in the workplace,” said Katharine W. Kores, director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “Employees should not have to endure a racially hostile work environment to earn a living. The EEOC remains committed to eradicating discrimination in the workplace.”

H2H Enterprises, Inc., is a management consulting services company and a franchise partner of Huddle House, Inc. H2H Enterprises owns three Huddle House restaurants in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and El Dorado, Ark.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

8th Ward Alderman’s Abuse of Power and Waste of Taxpayers’ Money Was Obvious During a Peaceful Press Conference by 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Admin On April - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Several 8th Ward residents held a Press Conference in front of Ald. Michelle Harris’ ward office to protest a proposed Low Income, Section 8 housing project to be built at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave. The building will consist of 134 units, 7 Story.

When protesters arrived for the Press Conference in front of the alderman’s ward office at 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave., there were 6 Police SUV Squad Cars already stationed on the street in various places, and a few police officers standing on the sidewalk with protesters to watch what was going on.

Walderman_harris_abuse_of_powerith crime being what it is in Chicago, 8th Ward residents who attended the Press Conference were baffled and taken aback when they counted six SUV squad cars on the street. “Did she think a mob was coming?” a person asked. “These police officers could best serve the community being out on the street fighting crime.”

“What’s this all about?” asked another protester. “Is it necessary to have this many police officers here for a Press Conference?”

“What was she (alderman) thinking?” yet another protester asked. “What does she expect us to do? Are we suppose to be a mob or something? I’m sure everyone out here has no violent intentions. Is this an ego trip for her? Or is she trying to put importance on herself? Believe me, we will remember her on Election Day February 26, 2019.”

To be continued:
Zoning board meeting is May 9, at 10:00 am
City Council Chambers
City Hall, 2nd. Floor

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