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Jesse White Joins Various Religious Organizations to Show Support for National Donor Sabbath

Posted by Admin On November - 15 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Jesse WhiteSecretary of State Jesse White joined with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith leaders to show religious support for organ/tissue donation and recognize National Donor Sabbath, an interfaith campaign aimed at educating religious communities about organ donation. During the weekend of November 13-15, faith communities in Illinois and across the country recognize National Donor Sabbath. Faith leaders and congregations participate in services and events to show religious support and increase awareness of organ and tissue donation.

White is at podium, pictured from left to right: Kevin Cmunt, CEO Gift of Hope; Ed Young of SGI USA Buddhist Center; Bishop Lance Davis, of the New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton; Rev. Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, senior priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church; the Most Reverend Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, representing Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; Reem Hobeldin of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; Pastor Myron McCoy, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple; Rabbi Michael R. Zedek of Emanuel Congregation of Chicago, a senior rabbi, scholar, teacher and civic activist; S.S. Shiva Singh Khalsa, a Minister of Sikh Dharma International and President of the Spirit Rising Foundation.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky Joined President Obama, Rep. John Lewis and Others in Selma, Alabama in Honor of the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Admin On March - 23 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS
Earlier this month, Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined President Obama, civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, and many others in Selma, Alabama, to honor the Voting Rights Act and the brave individuals who fought and sacrificed to expand civil rights in our country.
Rep. John Lewis said:
“My beloved brothers and sisters, it is a great honor for me to return to my home state of Alabama to present to you, not to introduce to you, but to present to you the President of the United States.  If someone had told me when we were crossing this bridge, that one day I would be back here introducing the first African-American President I would have said you were crazy.”
Don’t forget the incredible progress that we, as a nation, have made.
More importantly, don’t forget about all the work still in front of us.

Jesse White Honors Illinois First Hispanic Federal Judge, Chicago Fire Commissioner and Others

Posted by Admin On October - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Secretary of State  Jesse White hosted his office’s annual National Hispanic Heritage MonthCelebration on Wednesday,  October 8th at  the James R. Thompson Center,  highlighting the historiclegacies of Illinois’ first Hispanic federal judge Ruben Castillo and other distinguished leaders.

Pictured with Secretary White are (from left to right) White Sox radio broadcaster Héctor Molina,nonprofit organizer Roberto Armendariz, broadcast journalist Sylvia Perez, Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix (WRTO-AM/Univision),  community leader Elba Aranda-Suh, Stacey Baca (ABC 7 News) and Chicago FireCommissioner Jose Santiago. Baca and Félix emceed the event. Castillo (pictured below with SecretaryWhite) was the keynote speaker and received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

State’s Attorney Hosts Unity Conference

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, along with members of the office’s Advisory Councils, presented a one day seminar aimed at informing and empowering community members on the topic of internet crimes.

“Exploring Internet Crimes: Law Enforcement and Community Crime Prevention Strategies,” was the theme for the 6 th Annual Unity Conference, held in commemoration of Unity Month.  The conference gave participants the opportunity to learn how law enforcement is combating internet crimes and tips on how not to become a victim of them.

During the conference, State’s Attorney Alvarez presented the Community Empowerment Award to Laurie Nathan, Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the organization’s work to protect children from internet predators.

The Unity Conference was held September 10th at the UIC Forum in Chicago.

Photo Caption: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez (left) presented the 2014 Community Empowerment Award to Laurie Nathan, Deputy Director of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the organization’s work and partnership withthe State’s Attorney’s Office to protect children from internet predator

City/Suburban Clergy Coalition Backs Sen. Durbin Snubs GOP ‘Ice Cream Politics’

Posted by Admin On September - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Snubs GOP ‘ice cream politics’

By Chinta Strausberg

Fed up with the misinformation that the community was getting over the re-election of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bishop Simon Gordon Monday held an informational forum at his church, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1415 W. 104th St., where they officially endorsed his re-election bid.

After breaking bread during the breakfast meeting, Bishop Gordon held a meeting where he told the Senator and his peers how he was highly offended at Illinois Senator Jim Oberweis’ ice cream politics.

He told of being accidently invited to a meeting Oberweis held at Sweet Holy Spirit Church headed by Rev. Dr. Bishop Larry D. Trotter who last August endorsed Oberweis over Senator Durbin. Pastor Corey Brooks also endorsed Oberweis.

Gordon, who grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes, said he will not be fooled and will not mislead his people. When Trotter mentioned that Oberweis brought cream to his parishioners, he was highly offended and very angry.  One of the ministers asked Oberweis how many ice cream stores were located in the African American community and he told them at 95th and Kedzie, which is Oak Lawn, 159th and Torrence, which is the River Oaks Mall and the Forest Preserve.

A shocked Bishop Gordon told Oberweis those stores were not located in the African American community and his lack of knowledge about that was a clear signal of his “disconnection between how he employs his services for jobs and his relationship with the community.”

And, Bishop Gordon had some sharp words for Oberweis’ rolling up in front of Trotter’s church with an ice cream truck. “The one thing I have to say about ice cream is that it melts in the summertime and it’s messy…. We do not need to be trading food for votes.”

Drawing the picture between Oberweis and Durbin even clearer, Bishop Gordon said Oberweis spoke glowingly of being opposed to the Affordable Care Act where in Illinois alone more than 640,000 people now have health care. Durbin works closely with President Obama to make that bill a reality.

While Oberweis said he promotes school vouchers, Bishop Gordon said, ”We are not ignorant to the fact that our schools are funded by the tax base of the homes and business in the area. That is the challenge with the voucher system.”

Gordon said, “Please don’t bring us unfinished ideas and promote them in the campaign as if they are possibilities.”

And, when Oberweis told the clergy at Trotter’s church he was not a politician, Gordon said he was stunned since he was trying to defeat Senator Durbin. “We at least need someone who has an acumen for public policy,” said Gordon. Bishop Gordon said they came together to set the record straight before he November 4th election in embracing Senator Durbin.

Pastor Walter P. Turner III, president of the Minister’s Conference of Chicago and Vicinity, introduced Senator Durbin praising him for his work on the Affordable Care Act and for Durbin’s, along with Congressman Robin Kelly, Rep. Danny K. Davis, worked to help black churches remain open. Given the tough economic times, Turner said many churches have had to close their doors.

Turner also talked about voter suppression and pointed to the GOP as the designers of that plan. “That is what Republicans are trying to do all over again that our community does not vote. Senator Durbin has waged a fight to try to break down that barrier and deal with voter suppression.”

Referring to both Oberweis and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner, Turner said, “They want to get rid of, eliminate the minimum wage. Senator Durbin is helping to raise it to another standard…,” Turner said thanking Durbin for his support. “He stands for what we believe in.” Apostle Carl White also spoke highly of senator Durbin.

Durbin touched on a number of topics including his love for Africa. Pointing to the many flags posted around Gordon’s sanctuary, Durbin said the third one represents Ethiopia the cradle of civilization.

But he also told the minister how after meeting with construction and union he has renewed his fight to get more African Americans hired.

Pastor Turner also introduced Mike Frerichs, who is running for Illinois State Treasure under the Democratic banner.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Photo by Chinta Strausberg

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC) held the “First Africa Digital Security Conference” Hosted by The Women Ambassador Foundation

Posted by Admin On August - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC) held the “First
Africa Digital Security Conference” hosted by The Women Ambassador
Foundation on Thursday, August 7, 2014 during the historic White House
Africa Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Dr. Marilyn Sephocle, Founder/Director of the Women Ambassador Foundation; Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, First lady of Burundi; Andrew Gelfuso, Vice President, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (RRBITC); Diene Conde, First Lady of Guinea; and Jan Du Plain, Embassy Liaison, RRBITC, joined in all day panels showcasing the First Africa Digital Security Conference during the historic White House Africa Leadership Summit in the nation’s capital. Panels included lively discussions on Cyber Security Demystified, Digital Outreach, Obliterating the Digital Divide and Countering Digital Colonialism. Keynote luncheon speaker Dr. Hope Sullivan, Global President and CEO, NOLA received a standing ovation, captivated a packed room, and recognized the First Ladies unique position as role models, champions and the person nearest and dearest to the president. Dr. Sullivan’s message confirmed the power of the First Ladies role in their respective countries future. The Women’s Ambassador Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to honor women ambassadors and women diplomats in Washington, DC, will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year.

Photo Credit: Patricia’s Professional Photos

Collins: New Laws Hold Charter Schools Accountable

Posted by Admin On July - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
CHICAGO, IL — Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) proudly looked on last Thursday as Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law stricter rules governing the way charter schools conduct their admissions lotteries and spend public money.

Collins sponsored the legislation, House Bill 3232, in response to high-profile charter school scandals that left families and taxpayers concerned about transparency and accountability in charter education.

“I was pleased to work with educators, school districts and people of goodwill in the charter community who agree that high standards are absolutely necessary whenever public money is being spent,” Collins said.

Earlier this summer, the governor signed another law Collins sponsored on educational choice. House Bill 4591 ensures that state funding stays with students whenever they transfer from a charter school back to a traditional public school operated by a school district, and vice-versa.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Freeman/IOCI and the Office of the Governor

Dr. Ken Brown, Executive Vice Chancellor and COO of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Travels to China as of the University’s Efforts to Develop and manufacture Pharmaceuticals

Posted by Admin On June - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

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Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) — Ken Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), traveled to China earlier this month to participate in an international conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to discuss international concerns related to pharmaceutical supply chain security. The conference also focused on manufacturing practices, shipping and distribution networks, and the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. The trip to Qingdao reflects UTHSC’s growing interests and efforts in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing.

“Other global concerns discussed centered on internet pharmaceutical sales, counterfeit pharmaceutical trafficking and pharmaceutical cargo thefts,” Dr. Brown said.

UTHSC will begin construction of an approximately $12 million Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility for drug development and production in late summer or early fall. While in China, Dr. Brown visited Harbin Medical University to tour its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, grow UTHSC’s successful partnership with Harbin that already includes student exchanges, and explore future joint pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution possibilities.

“At Harbin, they have a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, and because we’re in the throes of building a facility like that ourselves, I wanted to take a look at their facility,” Dr. Brown said. “Our facility will certainly be much smaller in scale, but we talked with them about being able to be engaged as a partner to our production facility, so as we move from smaller projects into larger volumes of production, we will have a GMP-quality facility that can do large-scale products for us.”

Dr. Brown said plans call for breaking ground in late August or September on the UTHSC facility, which will be built in a recently purchased building on the outskirts of campus. Construction should last 12 to 18 months. Since the Plough Foundation gave $4.5 million in initial seed money to support the development of the GMP facility, the building will bear its name. “Because of that initial seed money, this facility got traction and it’s going to ultimately come to fruition,” Dr. Brown said. “So, as a testament to the university’s appreciation to the Plough Foundation, it will be named as the Plough Center for Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.”

UTHSC has approached several pharmaceutical companies about doing production work for them, and is working to develop international partners, Dr. Brown said. Meanwhile, four labs on the second floor of the Van Vleet Building on campus have been renovated for training classes for the pharmaceutical industry on aseptic manufacturing and pharmaceutical compounding. Some small-scale cleanroom projects will be handled in the Van Vleet Building, which is serving as the home to the GMP facility staff while the Plough Center is being constructed.

“As we get the GMP facility built, we’re working on our business strategy for getting customers in the pipeline,” Dr. Brown said. “Hopefully, in 12 months when the facility is commissioned by the FDA and ready to come online, we’ve got a pipeline of customers that already want us to do pharmaceutical manufacturing for them.” In support of its drug development effort, UTHSC will also do production for clinical trial efforts.

The Plough Foundation is a private organization that funds a diverse group of nonprofit entities that work to address the many pressing social and economic issues facing Memphis and Shelby County.

As Tennessee’s only public, statewide, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. Offering a broad range of postgraduate and selected baccalaureate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains cohorts of medicine, pharmacy and/or allied health students — in addition to medical residents and fellows — at its major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Founded in 1911, during its more than 100 years, UT Health Science Center has educated and trained more than 56,000 health care professionals in academic settings and health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.

Photo Caption: Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and COO of UT Health Science Center (fifth from right), is pictured with officials of Harbin Medical University during a recent trip to China.

State’s Attorney Recognizes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in a recent ceremony honoring two prominent community members for their professional and personal contributions to the Asian community.

The Honorable Edmond E. Chang (left), United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Police Sergeant Norman Kwong (right) both received the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Service Award during the ceremony.

Judge Chang was the youngest federal judge in the nation and the first Asian Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois when he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December of 2010.  Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Chang was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, prosecuting a wide variety of federal offenses, including child exploitation, firearms and drug trafficking crimes.  Judge Chang is a long time contributor to the Asian Pacific American legal community, mentoring law students and serving as a guest speaker at schools and conferences throughout the country.

Sergeant Kwong is a 15-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who began his career as a probationary police officer in the 20th District.  Sgt. Kwong has worked in several areas of the Chicago Police Department, including the Organized Crime Division where he was assigned to the Vice Enforcement and Vice Analysis teams, where he played a critical role in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of several individuals who were involved in Human Trafficking in several Asian communities.  Sgt. Kwong  returned to the 20th District as the Community Policing Sergeant where he created programs to engage and build relationships between police, residents and other community stakeholders.  Sgt. Kwong is active in the Asian Pacific American law enforcement community, currently serving as the 2nd Vice President for the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association and is the immediate Past President of the Asian American Law Enforcement Association.

The ceremony took place on May 8, at the Chinese American Service League in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Topinka Celebrates Asian American Youth Leadership

Posted by Admin On May - 13 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Comptroller honors 14 young community leaders, organization

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on honored 14 young Asian American leaders for their commitment to service and community as part of her office’s celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.

Nominated by members of Topinka’s Asian American Advisory Council, the honorees included students and young professionals that have distinguished themselves through service and leadership. Their accomplishments include: overseas mission work; tutoring younger students; volunteering at soup kitchens; working with the developmentally disabled; strengthening Asian American civic and voter engagement; providing language assistance to elders; and academic excellence.

“Our honorees for youth leadership have accomplishments in fields all across the board,” Topinka said. “They have set the stage for a lifetime of service and excellence. Their dedication and ‘go-getter’ attitude is an asset not only for the Asian American community, but our entire state.”

Photo by: Teresa Potasiak

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