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Mayor’s Racist Educational Policies Derail Equality and Opportunity Decades After Brown v. Board of Education

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 

CTU: Emanuel has imposed separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren in defiance of Brown v. Board of Education.

 

CHICAGO, IL CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today on the anniversary of the historic Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education ruling:

“64 years ago today, the Supreme Court declared segregation in public education to be ‘inherently unequal’. Yet while Brown opened the door for generations of legal and social challenges to de facto racism in our public schools, in Chicago we still struggle with a school system that is profoundly separate and unequal. And the man who controls our schools and appoints their rulers – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel – has escalated the inequality in our public education system.

“To Emanuel’s hand-picked school bureaucrats, our Black and Brown schoolchildren are inconvenient entries in an accounting ledger who deserve to be policed rather than educated – and at as little cost as possible. The infamous Willis wagons may be gone, but our overwhelmingly non-white, low-income students work from schoolbooks that are tattered and out of date, in schools that are filthy. Three-quarters of those schools lack libraries – and librarians. Our students are denied services to which they have a legal right, from special education supports to school nurses and social workers.

“To Emanuel, our Black and Brown students’ parents are a pesky impediment to gentrification schemes that are purging working class families of color from our city. He has hardened the lines of segregation by expanding magnet and selective enrollment schools, undermining the right that every community has to sustainable neighborhood public schools. He treats children as little more than a test score to advance his re-election campaigns, rather than as human beings with rights and dignity. He has snuffed out thriving school communities in Black and Brown neighborhoods over the righteous objections of parents and students, and shunted those students to the control of private charter operators who put the size of their paychecks over the needs of their students. He has purged Black educators from our schools – particularly veteran Black female educators deeply committed to the communities they serve. And he has insisted on maintaining a racist school funding formula that reinforces inequality instead of equitably funding our children’s needs as the state’s school funding formula demands.

“For the last seven years, Emanuel has imposed apartheid-like, separate and unequal educational policies on the backs of our schoolchildren and their families – in defiance of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling more than six decades ago. He may publicly criticize Trump and Rauner, but his actions dovetail perfectly with their racist agendas – and reinforce in our schools what Brown v. Board of Education sought to overturn. It’s time for Chicagoans to reject this racist inequality and give our residents what they have demanded for years: the right to democratically elect our school board rather than suffer under the tyranny of a mayor who reinforces our children’s bondage and thwarts their opportunities.”

Negro League Baseball is Back With the Official Launch of the National Urban Professional Baseball League – Opening Game is May 25th

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National Urban Professional Baseball League

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Thanks to the National Urban Professional Baseball League, the rebirth of Negro League Baseball will take place with opening day on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Mississippi at 7pm as the Vickie Pasley All-Stars (the first African American woman to have a professional baseball team named after her) will take on the Josh Gibson All-Stars.

On May 31, 2018 the Rube Foster All-Stars will take on the Lester Barclay All-Stars at USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee for its opening day. We are encouraging all that can and will to set their schedule and plan to attend this great event a blast from the past. As each game day will have a special theme, open mic night, Jazz/Blues night, Senior Citizen Day, Gospel Night, Family & Friends Old School Night and Game Day @ The Park, not to mention the Fish Fry and Fried Chicken Dinners.

Mike Mayden, league director, comments, “We want this league to provide affordable family entertainment, promote diversity in the game of baseball, rekindle past memories of African American baseball players and to link this new generation of youth baseball players to the past history of the game.”

The season will run from May 25th though the second week in August. The home fields will be Wooten Legion Field in Laurel, Mississippi and USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee. Full schedules are posted on the website at www.nupbl.com.

“Opening day will be Gospel Night for both openers as we dedicate this league to God,” Mayden says.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. To inquire, please contact the league at baseball@nupbl.com or (773) 741-3530. Admission is just $8 per person, and parking is free.

Photo Caption: Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National Urban Professional Baseball League

African Small Business Expo: It’s All About The Students…and Entrepreneurship

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 17 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
By Dr. Juanita Bratcher
Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Little while ago, Andrea Graham was awarded the “Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow Empowering Humanity Award” by Love Truth and Peace Global Initiative. She was the first Chicagoan ever to receive the Ambassador award. She is also known as a Goodwill Ambassador of the Golden Rule. Graham has been the recipient of several awards for her skills and activism helping students, and deservingly so. But to Graham, it’s all about the students and entrepreneurship, for them to own their own businesses. She sees that as a plus for them, and has taken a lead role in helping them to accomplish their goals at a young age.

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Graham’s International Youth Ambassadors Club, in conjunction with the Africa Global Chamber of Commerce AGCC, will host the African Small Business Expo at Sullivan High School, Chicago, 6631 N. Bosworth Ave., from 9 AM to 4 PM., with a networking session afterwards with businesses and students.

This year’s theme is: “Empowering Young Entrepreneurs and Connecting our Community.” The event is open to the general public and Federal, State, City of Chicago Agencies and businesses will attend.

Graham started working at Sullivan High School five years ago. She volunteered at the school prior to her employment there in a Title One position and was also the Parent Advisory Chain. At that time, her children were students at the school. The other parents voted her in as Chair. They had a budget. It was a project reauthorized by the Bush Administration and later the program was changed to “No Child Left Behind.”

Graham started the club because there were “many African Americans at the school.  Some had started a business at the school – Tye Dye African inspired shirts and they were fashion designers and some of their clothing were tied into American outfits.

The girls liked dancing “so I got costumes for them and they performed at the club and at our Expo last year. I wanted to introduce, expose, inspire and engage young people to the world of global trade, exporting and importing goods internationally.

 

I have a relationship with Dr. Melida Harris Barrow, who is also an author. She  is trying to help people and bridge the gap between companies and countries – South America, Central America, and Caribbean island. She is doing that by going to one of Panama City Panama, one of the largest places in that particular region – People from Peru, Ecuador and Argentina. She noticed that there were no African or Caribbean representation at Extocomer. It has been going on now for 37 years and Africans still have not made its presence there yet.

Graham said they will take a contingent of students to Panama City Panama/Extocomer and other places on March 25, 2019 and return on March 31.  The consulate of South Africa will give the keynote address to students, and businesses will be there to promote their businesses and students.

“It is open to the public and vendors can pay a small fee if they’d like to participate. It will help to raise money for students who will make the trip in March. We also have a few pledges of support that will help pay for students’ trip. A Chicago TV personality has pledged $2,000 and Copa Airlines will work a package out for them and will also bring some Panamanian folklore. She is working on that. She’s doing it to help the students because many of them can’t go to Expo. They can’t travel because they don’t have the proper documents to travel; that’s why we’re having Expo at the school.”

Additionally, In July Graham said they will have an Entrepreneurship Youth Summit with Africans and African Americans coming together.

When Graham received her Goodwill Ambassador of the Golden Rule, she also received The “Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow Empowering Humanity Award”.  During the Golden Rule Award Ceremony during Black History Month Celebration, hosted by Dr. Gladys Loggin, USA Africa Economic and Business Development Center, it was noted that “Graham is a change agent that demonstrates her belief in helping others through action.  As a networker, she conceives, arranges, and completes all the work necessary to bring people together for the betterment of all involved.  As her mentor, professor emeritus Dan Creeley Jr. once said, “She has vision and the passion of a missionary, with the skill of gentle persuasion to get others to want to listen to her ideas.”

Thank you Andrea Graham for your initiatives.  We all love you…

Graham said: “I like putting partnership alliances together and bring resources to the school. I like international affairs. I do it all for the students.”

As Nation Turns its Eyes to Youth, Chicago Students Show They’re Ready to Lead

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

350 teen problem-solvers from 60 schools will gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues at Mikva’s Action Civics Showcase

 

CHICAGO, IL – Following a school year of action, Chicago youth will gather to showcase their year-long activism effort to better their schools and neighborhoods at Chicago’s 16th Annual Action Civics Showcase on May 22, 2018 at The Bridgeport Art Center. Mikva Challenge will host the showcase in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement. The morning will begin with a competition, inspired by the Aspen Challenge, for select projects with participants competing for a trip for their team to the nation’s capital.

 

To better understand and support refugee families in their community, youth leaders at Dever Elementary created an awareness campaign, organizing efforts with CPS, and raising funds for local organizations. To increase STEM education opportunities in their community, youth from Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest created prototype chargers to also power local businesses and community members. To address water access from school facilities, youth from Morgan Park High School secured grant funding to fix a water fountain in their building. Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez hosted a voter education and registration events; lobbied in Washington, DC for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip. To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students at Farragut Career Academy hosted conversations with their state representatives–they met with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

“By working on a project to support refugee populations with my students, we’re learning that we don’t have to be constrained by the 4 walls of our school–we can act outside the classroom,” said Jane Leyderman from Dever Elementary.

 

Many of the projects to be presented at the Showcase received mini-grants from the Allstate Insurance Company. The Showcase is also being supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros Foundation, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Our classroom-based youth action teams are supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Brinson Foundation and the Augustana Henze Endowment.

 

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4pm-6pm

 

Where: The Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Visuals: Over 350 young people will have their projects on display at the event. There will also be elected officials, teachers and community leaders at the event.

 

Action Civics Showcase 2018 – Project Highlights

School

Project Title

Description

Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest

“Empowering Communities via S.T.E.M.”:

To address a lack of S.T.E.M education in their communities, Camelot students created Altoid/tin direct current battery backup modules to charge Androids and iPhones. They plan to utilize their prototypes to teach community members how to build their own chargers and build a solar powered charger.

William Dever Elementary

“Refugee Assistance Project”

Students researched ways of supporting refugees–they interviewed a Syrian refugee, and the CPS refugee intake office manager. They created an awareness campaign on the travel ban impacts; organized direct actions; and will host a bake sale to benefit a local refugee organization. They will host refugee students from Sullivan High School; partner with the organization RefuSHE to support refugee girls in Nairobi, Kenya; and host CPS representative Robert Martwick at their school in June.

Morgan Park High School

“Water Please”

Concerned about the lack of usable fountains and access to water in their school, youth leaders surveyed their peers and school engineers about the issue. Students were able to use grant funds to repair one of the fountains in the cafeteria. They are now working on a plan to teach students about how to help take care of school property.

Benito Juarez Community Academy

“Juarez Navigators”

Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez researched voting history and  participation (for young people and latinos) in recent elections; hosted a voter education and registration events; and sent youth to Washington, DC to lobby for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip.

Farragut Career Academy

“Town Hall Meeting”

To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students examined statistics and proposed gun control legislation. They invited their state representatives to their school to talk about their position about gun control, and to discuss how they see the bills they supported affecting violence in Little Village. They also held a meeting with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

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8,000 young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually.  Named after Abner and Zoe Mikva, the Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, nonprofit that develops youth to be informed, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

 

State Rep. Harper CPS Measure That Helps Avoid South Side School Closures Passes House

Posted by Admin On May - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, ILFighting to prevent future school closures on the South Side without proper warning, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D–Chicago, helped pass a measure that mandates Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to provide more notice and information on the status of schools.

“This effort is long overdue for my residents and all the parents and students on the South and West Sides,” said Harper. “When CPS makes a decision to close schools, it affects us. It hurts my families. Our schools close, while more and more resources go to wealthier schools across the city.”

Harper’s legislation, House Bill 5721, would stipulate new reporting requirements for CPS to abide by when they produce their master education facilities plan, capital improvement plans and school transition plans. CPS provides these reports in order to determine each school’s necessary resources for long-term purposes. However, as we have seen in recent years, CPS has closed schools’ doors without notice and left students on the South Side without a neighborhood school to go to or required them to travel to a consolidated new school.

Harper’s bill would require CPS to take vastly new steps in order to avoid sudden school closures. They include community engagement plans that seek student and parent input, monetary options to pursue to increase funding to schools, timelines of each school to address their specific capital needs, justifications for school expansions, detailing a five-year funding plan to receiving schools and much more. If CPS fails to adhere to any of these requirements outlined in the bill, the General Assembly can withhold distributing all capital funding.

“CPS should provide more information to everyone, especially my residents given the historic unequal treatment we pay for, when they develop their plans for its schools. It’s only fair to be given every detail about our schools so we can offer input and make the best decision for our students,” said Harper. “While this measure is a good start to attacking the larger problem of residents feeling the brunt of sudden school closures, we also need greater representation in an elected school board in Chicago.”

Applications Now Available for Minority Entrepreneurship Program

Posted by Admin On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The Rauner Administration program will be held in the Quad Cities, Champaign and South Chicago regions

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced today that applications for the 2018 Advancing the Development of Minority Entrepreneurship (ADME) program are now open. Applications can be found online at www.illinois.gov/dceo and will be available until May 31, 2018.

“A main focus of the Rauner administration has been expanding our support for talented individuals and entrepreneurs in every community within Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy. “We have made a lot of improvements to the program this second time around to better equip the participants with real-world knowledge and give them a leg up as they embark on the next phase of their business.”

The ADME Program is designed to nurture a business-friendly environment that supports and facilitates small business, with a focus on minority populations, to assist and lead entrepreneurs in long-term economic success. ADME offers start-up companies an exceptional level of support from subject matter experts, business professionals, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, participants will gain access to an array of services, including assistance with a business plan, one-on-one session with an attorney, a loan prequalification assessment for each borrower to assess loan readiness in advance of their completion of the program and the opportunity to pitch their business to banks, investors and microlenders during a demo day.

“In anticipation for our second cohort, the Department has hosted a number of ADME Business Workshops throughout the state,” said Derrick Champion, Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Economic Empowerment at DCEO. “These workshops have been met with great excitement and have been a great recruitment tool for the ADME 2018 Cohorts.”

The Women’s Business Development Center along with the Illinois Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) network will administer ADME’s curriculum through the Department and will help facilitate investment opportunities through the Advantage Illinois program. Additionally, several community partners will help facilitate the program including Accion, CIBC BANK, Chicago Urban League and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The first ADME cohorts were held in 2017 in Rockford, Chicago and Peoria. The second year will continue to focus on minority communities, including women and veterans, in South Chicago, Quad Cities and Champaign region.

City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Call for a “Vote of No Confidence” for Olive-Harvey President for Lack of Credentials

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

City Colleges of Chicago Faculty Criticize Chancellor Suspension of Presidential Job Search; Call for “Vote of No Confidence” for Olive-Harvey President for lack of credentials

 

 CHICAGO, IL –  Chancellor Juan Salgado suspended a presidential search for Olive-Harvey College.  He took this drastic measure when he realized that the search committee was not going to move forward the application of the Interim President, Felicia Davis, who has strong ties to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  The search committee based their decision on Davis’ poor leadership and lack of academic credentials. On Thursday, during the City Colleges of Chicago Board Meeting, faculty will speak out for continuation of the search process and call for a “No Confidence Vote” against Felicia Davis.

“The Chancellor’s decision to suspend the presidential job search is a slap in the face to City College faculty and staff,” said Tony Johnston, President of Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600.  “This administration has stated that they respect shared governance in higher education, where faculty and staff’s academic expertise are consulted and respected, such as in the search and selection of administration.  The suspension of the search refutes that completely and points to the administration valuing political concerns over student success at our City Colleges”.

Davis is the former deputy chief of staff for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In press releases put out by City Colleges announcing her appointment as interim president, it was stated that David held a masters in public policy from Illinois Institute of Technology. However, the search committee uncovered the truth – she is working on her masters but does not yet hold the degree. She is not qualified to be president of Olive-Harvey College.

The City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,700 faculty and staff serving almost 100,000 students annually.  These colleges provide Chicago’s neighborhoods with vital access to quality higher education.  Olive-Harvey serves a population of African-American and Latino students.  The college’s enrollment has plummeted in recent years due to the decline in those populations from disinvestment in public education and services on the southside of Chicago.

What: Speeches during CCC Board Meeting

Where: City Colleges District Office
Room 300
226 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL

When: Thursday, May 3
9 AM

Who: Cook County College Teachers Union – Local 1600

DC to Host the Largest Black Business Conference

Posted by Admin On May - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Power Networking Conference, the largest continuous held event for black executives, professionals and entrepreneurs, to be held July 5-7

The 17th annual event will launch wings financial education centers and provide expert training and coaching, designed to tackle financial illiteracy, grow businesses and teach the 4 pillars for the inter-generational transfer of wealth in Black America.

 

George Fraser, President & CEO of FraserNET, Inc.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — FraserNet, Inc., has announced that its 2018 PowerNetworking Conference (PNC) will be held July 5-7, at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, on the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This year’s conference top global experts will focus their training on financial literacy, business development and wealth building through personal “subject matter” excellence, effective networking and collaboration.

“Financial illiteracy is an American problem according to the Wall Street Journal, but it is 10x greater in Black America. All the studies, surveys and statistics predict if nothing changes within our community we will be financially destitute and enslaved by 2053. A November 2017 front-page headline in the Boston Globe said, “Black Bostonians median net worth really was $8.” Thus, we must effectively and aggressively address financial illiteracy and building million-dollar businesses in Black America. At PNC, we will do both and launch our national “faith-based” WINGS Financial Education Centers and Curriculum with the goal of 10,000+ centers up and running by 2028. Our curriculum will focus on a mindset shift of “instant gratification to delayed gratification” and the 4 pillars for the inter-generational transfer of wealth to include; proper management of accumulated wealth, real estate, business development and proper insurance,” said Dr. Fraser

The PowerNetworking Conference, widely recognized as America’s largest continuous held conference in the world for Black executives, business professionals and entrepreneurs. This year, the PNC is expected to draw more than 1,200+ attendees from around the world. In 2015, the PNC was named one of the “Top 5 Can’t Miss” Conferences in America by Forbes Magazine. Since its inception, the PNC has produced over $750,000,000 in new business startups and deal flow and sixteen (16) conferences across the United States. “I’m overjoyed to have been the first Black Conference to be selected for this prestigious annual recognition from the premier business magazine in the world. We have always felt this way, but now the world knows it,” said Fraser.

PNC, the creation of international speaker, author and networking guru, Dr. George C. Fraser, Chairman, FraserNet, Inc., a 31-year old highly respected company focused on mission-driven entrepreneurship, the PNC has been held in progressive cities such as Cleveland, Atlanta and Dallas. In 2016, the conference was moved to the National Harbor, located between Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Key sponsors this year include: Wells Fargo, First Financial Security, Greenlight Consulting Corp. Key components of PNC include keynote presentations, over 60 workshops/lectures featuring 50 global experts, two awards luncheons, a National Town Hall meeting and networking events designed to uplift African-American entrepreneurs and to encourage successful African Americans to lift others as a means of positively changing the world and changing their communities. “We must learn, earn and return,” proclaims Dr. Fraser.

The 2018 Global Expert line-up includes but not limited to:
* Reverend Dr. Freddie Haynes, Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, TX
* Dr. Randal Pinkett, CEO, BCT Partners, Inc. NJ
* Dr. William Pickard, CEO, Global Automotive Group, MI
* Dr. Michael Roberts, CEO, The Roberts Group, MO
* Linda Clemons, CEO, Sisterpreneur, IN
* Anthony Browder, Director, ASA Restoration Project, DC
* Dr. Linus Okorie, CEO, GOTNI, Lagos, Nigeria
* James Coleman, CEO, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corp.
* Dr. Jackie Mayfield, CEO, ComproTax, Inc, TX
* Earl Erasmus, CEO, The Dream Center, Cape Town, South Africa
* Farida Akidiri, Consultante En Stratégie d’Affaire, Paris, France
* Bishop Dr. James Dixon, Pastor, Community of Faith, TX
* Allyson Byrd, CEO, The Profit Accelerator, TX
* Delano Johnson, CEO, Jonsehn, Inc., NY
* Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World, NY
* Cerita Battles, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, FL
* Emmett Vaughn, Director, Diverse Business Dev., Exelon Corp., PA
* Imaj, Award Winning Country & Western singer and Activist, TX
* Dr. Emma Fraser Pendleton, CEO. Emma, Life Coach, GameChanger
* Dr. Ken Harris, President/CEO, National Business League, MI
* Dr. George C. Fraser. Founder/CEO, FraserNet, Inc. OH

As is done annually, several individuals and corporations of national prominence will be receiving awards at the PowerNetworking Conference Awards Luncheons. They are:

Lifetime Achievement Awardee:
* Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Black, Cool and Brilliant Awardees:
* Orrin Hudson, CEO, BeSomeone, GA
* Shawn Dove, CEO, Campaign For Black Male Achievement, NY
* Delano A. Johnson, CEO, Johnson Enterprises, Inc., NY
* Lance London, CEO, Carolina Kitchens, and NeVitica, Inc., MD

Entrepreneurs of the Year Awardees:
* Vanessa Braxton, CEO, Black Mama Brands, NY
* Dr. Terrence Cash, CEO Greenlight Consulting, NJ

Corporation of the Year Awardee:
* First Financial Security, Phil and Debbie Gerlicher, Atlanta, Georgia

Photo Caption:

George Fraser, President & CEO of FraserNET, Inc


About Dr. George C. Fraser
Dr. George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded some 31 years ago, to lead a global networking movement for people of African descent. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an orphan and foster child for 15 years. He’s written 6 best-selling books to include: Success Runs in Our Race, Click and recently, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings, a book he co-authored with Les Brown. Upscale Magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Power Brokers in Black America,” and Black Enterprise magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker”.

In addition, Fraser has been featured on 7 national magazine covers, and has received 350 awards and citations to include: Induction into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, 3 Honorary Doctorate Degrees, a Chaplaincy and Ambassadorship. Dr. Fraser is most proud of the 2 African-centered charter schools that he helped found 14 years ago, which educate 300 inner-city Black children, of which 60% are boys. He’s been married 45 years, resides in Cleveland, and has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters.


About FraserNet
FraserNet is a global leadership network committed to economic development through education, training, and empowerment for Black people. Its focus is to train, educate, and equip Black people with new skills, new thinking and new approaches for personal, professional and financial success in the 21st Century. They have a continuing-relationship business model including, books, CDs, conferences, lectures, memberships, subscriptions, workshops and long-term coaching and mentoring agreements with their 91,000 global network members.

For more details about FraserNET, visit www.frasernet.com

For more details and/or to register for the PowerNetworking Conference, visit www.powernetworkingconference.com

State Rep. Welch Bill Allows Universities to Establish Bridge Program for Underrepresented Students

Posted by Admin On May - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

HILLSIDE, IL – Illinois State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is seeking to expand university opportunities to historically underrepresented students through a new bridge program that Illinois colleges will be empowered to employ thanks to legislation he is sponsoring.

“For too long, students who traditionally lack equal opportunities to attend our state’s world-class universities miss out on the chance to enroll or attend those institutions,” said Welch. “I want to make sure that those students do not feel left out and that they know their university has resources available to them.”

Welch’s House Bill 5696 gives Illinois universities the ability to create bridge programs that could provide a range of services, including tutoring and counseling services, to underrepresented students. Universities will have discretion on how to organize and execute their own bridge programs to best fit the needs of their students. Welch’s measure passed the Illinois House of Representatives last week with unanimous bipartisan support.

“Everyone deserves a chance at a fair and equal shot to make the best of themselves,” said Welch. “This is a good first step to providing additional tools and resources to students who may need a little extra assistance to reach their full potential.”

Madigan, House Democrats Call for Fair Tax that Eases the Burden on the Middle Class

Posted by Admin On April - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, House Democrats and advocates for the middle class are calling out Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republicans for refusing to consider fair tax reform that would provide relief for the middle class while making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share.

Madigan and Democratic lawmakers from across the state introduced House Resolution 1025 Wednesday, challenging Republican lawmakers to stop protecting millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations and instead work with Democrats to enact a fair system that cuts taxes on middle-class and low-income taxpayers. Rauner and legislative Republicans are defending a status quo that allows Rauner to pay at least $5 million less than he would in a state like Iowa.

“Governor Rauner is willfully misleading taxpayers because he doesn’t want anyone to see that he’s blocking tax relief for the middle class, all in an effort to protect a special deal for millionaires and billionaires like himself,” Madigan said. “Today, we set the record straight: A fair tax for Illinois is about putting more money in the pockets of middle-class families. If our Republican colleagues are serious about cutting taxes, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy, they will join us in creating a fair tax system that rewards families who work hard and play by the rules, instead of one that benefits Bruce Rauner, Donald Trump and their billionaire friends.”

Madigan’s resolution cites findings from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy that Illinois’ constitutionally mandated “flat tax” is one of the most regressive tax structures in the country, forcing low- and middle-income residents to pay a larger share of their incomes in taxes than the very wealthy. A taxpayer earning less than $19,000 pays 13.2 percent of their income in state taxes, while those with an income of $498,000 pay only 4.6 percent of their income in taxes.

House Democrats are calling for a progressive tax like those currently in place in 33 other states—including Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana—which would put more money in working families’ pockets, allowing them to reinvest in local economies and stimulate business growth and economic development.

“There’s no excuse for the current tax system that forces struggling families to pay more than the very wealthy,” said Roberta Lynch, executive director of AFSCME Council 31. “Illinois working families need fair tax reform. By standing in the way, Governor Rauner and the politicians who follow him are protecting a status quo full of loopholes for those who are already at the top.”

“Last year Democrats and Republicans stood together because they knew we cannot continue to follow Bruce Rauner’s agenda of slashing critical services for our communities so his billionaire and millionaire buddies can get a tax cut,” said Greg Kelley, president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. “Their votes to end the Rauner budget crisis were votes to put middle-class families ahead of the ultra-wealthy. Now we need a tax system that reflects this same value. I applaud House Democrats’ stand for a fairer system, and we look forward to working with them to get a progressive income tax passed in the future.”

“Throughout our state, parents who want their children to receive a world-class education and homeowners who want relief from rising property taxes can agree on one thing: the system is unfair and needs to change,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher. “This is the change we need, and this is the opportunity for all who claim they’re on the side of taxpayers and educators to prove it.”

“As Donald Trump stacks the deck even more in favor of the ultra-wealthy, Governor Rauner and his allies can no longer pretend to stand with the middle class while also protecting a tax system that so clearly reinforces inequality,” said Clem Balanoff, chair of Our Revolution Illinois. “If they are ready to build an Illinois that works for everyone instead of just the top 1 percent, they will stand with us to enact a fair tax system that reflects that.”

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