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IVI-IPO Endorses Lamont Robinson for State Representative

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Joins Growing List of Community Organizations and Leaders Supporting Robinson

 

This week IVI-IPO announced its endorsement of Lamont J. Robinson for State Representative in Illinois’ 5th District.

 

“I am truly humbled to receive the endorsement of IVI-IPO,” said Robinson. “I am even more honored that a growing number of elected officials are supporting my campaign.”

 

“I believe that government has a responsibility to provide its citizens with an environment for them to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.”

 

“As a lifelong Chicagoan, I know that each community has its own challenges – some neighborhoods need business development strategies while others need support for their social service organizations, and still others need the peace of mind to walk around their communities safely,” continued Robinson. “I want to support our residents by being their advocate, by hearing their concerns and telling their stories, and pulling in the resources we need to thrive.”

 

Robinson’s growing list of endorsements includes:

 

AFL-CIO; Personal PAC; Democracy for America; Planned Parenthood, Chicago Teachers Union

 

U.S. Congressman Danny Davis; Secretary of State Jesse White

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough; Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey; Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer; Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia; Board of Reviewer Commissioner Larry Rogers

 

Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore; Water Reclamation District Commissioner Kari Steele

 

State Senator Emil Jones, Jr (Ret);  State Senator Kwame Raoul; State Representative Will Davis; State Representative Sarah Feigenholtz; State Representative Greg Harris; State Representative Sonya Harper; State Representative Chris Welch

 

Alderman Pat Dowell; Alderman Brendan Reilly; Alderman Michelle Harris; Alderman Leslie Hairston; Alderman Brian Hopkins; Alderman Tom Tunney; Alderman Howard Brookins; Alderman Matt O’Shea

 

Lamont J. Robinson is the son of public servants, a public school teacher and a City of Chicago Building inspector. He attended Clark Atlanta University. He founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Young Entrepreneurs Club of the Atlanta University Center.

 

Then he earned an MBA from National Lewis University. Wanting to give back to the community, Robinson started a small business. He chose insurance, one of the few industries that focus on helping people in crisis.
In 2007, Robinson opened an office to provide insurance to the residents of Bronzeville. In 2017, he opened a second office in Humboldt Park. Owning a small business on both the south and north side has taught him to be responsive to people with very different backgrounds and needs. He made the conscious choice to hire inexperienced staff members at $15 per hour because he believes that paying employees a living wage is the right thing to do.

 

He serves on the Board of Quad Communities Development Corporation. He is a member of the Urban League Metro Board and the Trinity United Church of Christ Credit Union Board.

 

He leads the Kappa Leadership Institute Chicago, a nonprofit that prepares African-American youth to go to college. Through this program, we send 30 young African-Americans to college per year. He is a currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College teaching courses on business ethics and entrepreneurship.He was appointed by US Congressman Danny Davis to serve on his task force on mortgage fraud and predatory lending in disadvantaged communities. And appointed by former 4th Ward Alderman Toni Preckwinkle to sit on the Hyde Park Special Service Area Commission.

 

100 Black Business Women in Child Care Host Gubernatorial Candidate Forums

Posted by Admin On February - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Forums will be held at the West Austin Child Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave., Chicago, IL

 

CHICAGO, IL., January & February 2018 — In the spirit of the African American women who took the reins to bolster voter turnout in Alabama, turning a red senatorial seat blue; African American business women in child care are coming together to garner an understanding of each gubernatorial candidates’ platforms as it relates to early childhood education

DATES & TIMES:

Tio Hardiman: Monday, January 22nd, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Daniel Biss: Monday, February 12th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Christopher Kennedy: Monday, February 19th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

J.B. Pritzker: Monday, February 26th, 2018 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members of Child Care Advocates United (CCAU), a group of predominantly African-American child care providers located in and around the Chicagoland area, will come together in a series of individual gubernatorial candidate forums in January and February before the primary elections.The coalition of over one hundred businesses who initially came together because of the budget and eligibility crisis in 2015 are switching gears from crisis alleviation to agenda proliferation. Previously, the goal of collaborative efforts was to influence the restoration of funding for the Child Care Assistance Program and reinstatement of family eligibility to 185% for that program. Now, this coalition of women will be taking the driver’s seat to educate its constituents to ensure they elect the candidate that will promote an agenda for the betterment of child care in Illinois.  

 

The opportunity to possibly reach  thousands of voting adults in Illinois is being taken very seriously by these women. This forum, a meet & greet, will allow the gubernatorial candidates an opportunity to express their thoughts and intent concerning early childhood education in Illinois. Each forum will consist of the candidate speaking separately with a small group of child care providers on different dates. It is an intimate affair that will offer each candidate, individually, the opportunity to express his or her views on how child care and early childhood education should be implemented in Illinois.  

 

Invitations have been accepted by Tio Hardiman, Daniel Biss, Christopher Kennedy, and J.B. Pritzker. Additional dates for other candidates will be published when available.

 

During the forum, questions from these small business owners in child care will be posed to each candidate and the these business women are eager to hear their responses.  All forums will be held at West Austin Development Center, 4920 W. Madison Ave from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

 

For more updates, visit www.facebook.com/fundchildcare now

For more information contact Nakisha Hobbs at (312)-399-9727

Direct email to ccauillinois@gmail.com.

Child Care Advocates United

“Chicago is Becoming Whiter and Whiter”

Posted by Admin On August - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Probation Challenge’s Interview with Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Democratic Candidate for Illinois Governor

 

CHICAGO IL –  Christopher ‘Chris’ George Kennedy, Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate, recently visited the Probation Challenge Studio, where the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, conducted a heart-winching interview before a live audience.

Chris Kennedy, 53, eighth child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, began his dialog with history concerning grandparents Joe and Rose Kennedy, his wife and children, and then told of his uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy. He also spoke of his uncle, the late Robert F. Kennedy, who served as former U.S. Senator/64th U.S. Attorney General. Both father and uncle were shot and killed at the hands of an assassin’s bullet. John and Robert were best known for their advocacy in the Civil Rights Movement.

Bailey vigorously questioned Kennedy about: Education, Incarceration, Jobs and Violence, and without hesitation, Kennedy approached each category with the confidence that existing problems in the state of Illinois could and would be fixed once in office. He additionally spoke of Chicago’s problems.

Kennedy, admonished Chicago youth to not hold on to the presupposition that their vote doesn’t count! He explained that youth have been conditioned to believe a false philosophy… by those who benefit accordingly.

When asked why he was aspiring for the Illinois Governor’s seat, Kennedy responded, “I am running because I love Illinois and believe it can once again be a place where we can raise our families and find opportunity, but our state is broken and it must be fixed.

I’ve seen the possibilities and potential of this State from so many vantage points. I cannot sit back and watch as State Government stands in the way of what’s possible. It’s time to restore the American Dream to the people of Illinois.”

Rev. Harold Bailey, said that “Not many running for office or seated officials’ will admit to that which Kennedy has proclaimed.” Bailey was referring to Kennedy’s remarks that the “City of Chicago is becoming “whiter and whiter.” Kennedy without fear of repercussion explained his assertions. His accusations may be viewed on the PCC Network.

Bailey’s love for youth has caused him to not to sit on the seat of doing nothing, but rather to assist in saving African American and Hispanic men and women from the perils of what he calls ‘The Pit-of-Hell’ … which he said are the proposed jails and prisons.

The Christopher George Kennedy Interview May be Viewed at:

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network – 24/7 and On-Demand.

Who Is Christopher George Kennedy?

Kennedy is chairman of the Kennedy family investment firm Joseph P Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, he was on the Executive Committee for the Chicago Community Trust, and he has been a board member of the Catholic Theological Union, Interface, Inc. and Knoll Inc. He is a member of the mutual fund board of trustees for Ariel Investments.

Kennedy moved from Boston to Decatur to work for Archer Daniels Midland in the 80’s, and has spent his life working around issues of hunger, whether as the chairman of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, or now helping to run the non-profit he and his wife founded, Top Box Foods.

Kennedy was the president of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties in Chicago, Illinois, from 2000 until 2012. The property was originally owned by the Kennedy family until it was sold to Vornado Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust. The Merchandise Mart, one of the properties of Merchandise Mart Properties, is the largest commercial building in the world, serving as both a luxury wholesale design center and one of the leading international business locations in Chicago. The Mart spans two city blocks and rises twenty-five stories for a total of 4.2 million square feet. Three million people come through the Mart each year to visit its retail shops, permanent showrooms, and office space as well as attend the numerous trade, consumer and community events hosted there.

The Public is invited to view this serious interview between Christopher George Kennedy and the Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge. The Network allowed no stone to be left unturned! Raw unadulterated truth was presented, and now Bailey is trusting that youth will hear and adhere to sound judgement.

  • Contact Person: Rev. Harold E. Bailey at: MRHEB@AOL.com Telephone: 773-978-3706
  • To view the Kennedy Interview go to: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org 24/7 and On- Demand

Senator Sanders to Address People’s Summit

Posted by Admin On June - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will deliver the keynote address Saturday in Chicago at the People’s Summit, a major gathering of progressive activists from across the country. Sanders will outline how we can advance as a society if we overcome the greed of the billionaire class and detail the path forward for the Democratic Party.

What: Sanders will deliver the keynote at the People’s Summit
When: Saturday, June 10 at 7 PM CT
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

A live stream will be available here.
More information, including how to register for the event, is available at the People’s Summit website.

 

Legislators Stand with Community to Issue People-Focused Legislative Agenda Following Governor’s Budget Address

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Group Slams Governor Bruce Rauner’s Non-Budget Address for the 3rd Year in a Row

On Wednesday, following the Governor’s budget address, community members tired of Rauner’s blame game and policies of targeted community disinvestment will join with legislators to announce a new plan to put people back on the agenda in Illinois.

The status quo has failed millions of Illinoisans and Rauner doubled down on this failure.  The people of Illinois are a smart investment. Instead of wasting public resources on providing loopholes for corporations and wealthy stock traders, the group will lay out a legislative agenda that provides Illinois families with the programs and services they need to prosper.

The event will be held February 15th 2017 at the Illinois State Capital, outside the Governor’s Office, in Springfield, Il at 1:20 p.m.

Members of the General Assembly standing in support, Members of the Grassroots Collaborative including:  Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, will be in attendance, including:

 

Representative Chris Welch (D-7)

Representative Sonya Harper (D-6)

Representative Litesa Wallace (D-67)

Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative

Alejandro Sanchez, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Janet Ramos, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Cassandra Roley, SEIU Healthcare Illinois

 

Maynard, the Documentary Film About the Life and Times of Maynard Jackson, the First Black Mayor of Atlanta, Moves Into Final Production

Posted by Admin On February - 2 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Maynard Documentary Film

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com)MAYNARD, the much-anticipated documentary film, which is being made about the life and times of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is turning the power on and moving full-steam ahead into post production.

Thanks to the award-winning documentary filmmaker, Sam Pollard, the work of Auburn Avenue Films, Inc. and the perseverance of Maynard Jackson III, Wendy Eley Jackson and the production team, final interviews have occurred in Atlanta, Jacksons home town. Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Jacksons widow, Valerie Jackson; Jacksons children; Douglas A. Blackmon, former AJC reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Slavery by Another Name, his first law partner, Andrew Patterson; his former CAO at Atlanta City Hall, George Berry; and many other individuals who played major roles in the life of this giant of a man have been in front of the camera. The mayors aunt, June Dobbs Butts (the only living daughter of Jacksons grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, who was often referred to as the mayor of Sweet Auburn Avenue), provided an applauded interview to round out the history on the Dobbs family.

Pollard, the films director and the creative mind that is leading the production, will continue filming evocative imagery in and around Atlanta in February. Other special interviews are in the works which include President William Clinton, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, and Dr. Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, who once served as a speech writer for the mayor during his first term in office, as well as the Commissioner of Parks & Recreation for the city. Post production is scheduled for the months of February/March; and then on to the plans of getting the film ready for submission at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2018.

The MAYNARD documentary trailer was recently presented during the Choose Georgia Film Making in the South event at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival recently held in Utah. We received outstanding support for our efforts while at Sundance, said Wendy Eley Jackson, with Auburn Avenue Films. We went to Sundance to have a presence at the table and to begin the process of making more connections within the industry which we accomplished, Jackson added.

MAYNARD the documentary will present an intimate view of Jackson from those who knew him best, such as Ambassador Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan, and his childhood friend Sammy Bacote. The film will include video archival footage and rare photographs. The interviews with family and co-workers who helped sustain the Maynard movement during his terms as mayor and beyond will detail the full story of Maynard — the man, the mayor, the game changer, and the politician.

How did Maynard do it? is the question that the documentary will answer. In addition to being referred to as Action Jackson from time to time, Mayor Jackson was known as an articulate, charismatic and compassionate leader who served a record three terms as Atlantas mayor. Among his many successes, he earned his place in Atlanta history books for building the world’s busiest airport and is known nationally for developing a model for affirmative action programs that was used in cities around the United States.

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will serve as the presenting station for the film and an educational partner for MAYNARD. This partnership will insure that the history lessons of Jacksons three terms tie into GPBs extensive educational programming. These lessons, about Atlantas first African American mayor, will be provided in perpetuity for students through the GPB Education curriculum which is offered to both teachers and students.

A recently added plus for the MAYNARD movie production team was the Academy Awards Nomination, Best Documentary Film Feature Category, of I Am Not Your Negro in which Henry Adebonojo served as a part of the production team for this film. Mr. Adebonojo is the director of photography for the MAYNARD documentary and an award-winning filmmaker and photographer.

For more details about the film, visit www.maynardmovie.com
About GPB
As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 18 radio stations and a multi-faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors and Georgia Traveler.
About Auburn Avenue Films, Inc.
Auburn Avenue Films Inc. is an Atlanta based television and film company specializing in development, production, and post production of multi-cultural content for television, film and digital platforms. Their belief in collaborative storytelling allows them to develop high level scripted and alternative programming. For more information please follow our progress about the MAYNARD movie at #maynardmovie or contact Auburn Avenue Films at 404-505-8188. You may also visit the following website: www.auburnavenuefilms.com
About the MAYNARD film Director Sam Pollard
Samuel Pollard is an accomplished feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose work spans almost thirty years. He recently completed as producer/director a 90-minute documentary titled The Ground On Which I Stand: August Wilson for the PBS series American Masters. Pollard received an Emmy and Peabody respectively for his work on Henry Hampton’s Blackside production Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads and I’ll Make Me A World: Stories of African-American Artists and Community. As an editor some of Pollards credits include Spike Lee’s films Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Girl 6, Clockers, and Bamboozled. Pollard along with Lee also co-produced Spike Lee Presents Mike Tyson, for HBO which Mr. Pollard received an Emmy; Four Little Girls, a feature-length documentary about the 1963 Birmingham church bombings which was nominated for an Academy Award; and When The Levees Broke, a four part documentary that won numerous awards, including a Peabody and three Emmy Awards. He also co-produced and supervised the edit on Lees If God Is Willing And Da Creek Dont Rise. Pollard also served as producer/director of Slavery By Another Name a 90-minute documentary for PBS and as editor for the feature length documentary Venus and Serena on Showtime.

 

Photo: Maynard Holbrook Jackson, the first African American Mayor of Atlanta, GA, served three historic terms.

 

 

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2017 Legislative Research Fellows

Posted by Admin On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation announced its inaugural class of legislative research fellows. Fellows were selected from a large pool of talented applicants that were, after much deliberation, narrowed down to four recipients. Applicants were tasked with developing a legislative proposal that aimed to positively impact the Black community.  Fellows are responsible for drafting memos, developing fact sheets, executing communication strategies, preparing presentations, legislative analysis and impact analysis. Our fellows will be providing the Council on Urban Affairs information to help ILBC members make informed decisions that helps that black community, while developing the next group of leaders through work experience.

Below are a list of the fellows:

Crystal Martin

Presently, Crystal is a high school counselor at the Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men, in Chicago Illinois.  She is a 2nd year PhD student of Community Psychology at National Louis University with a dissertation entitled “Survivors Guilt vs. the ‘Sell Out’: Social Barriers to College Persistence for African American First Generation College Students”, which explores the self sabotaging behaviors of this student population.  Crystal holds a BA in Television Production and Directing from Columbia College Chicago; an MA in Counseling and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Lewis University, and Post Graduate Certification from the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at Harvard University. Through a grant from the Pollination Project, in December 2016, Crystal started First2Finish, a non-profit college access program targeting first generation students and making investments for college readiness beginning in the first grade.  First2Finish will enroll its “First Class” of participants in Fall 2018.

 

Subria A. Whitaker

Subria A. Whitaker is from Chicago’s South Side and currently resides in the Morgan Park Neighborhood. An alumna of Morgan Park High School, Subria graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Distinction in Communication in May, 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.Last summer, Subria was selected by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation to participate in the Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leaders Program where she served as the 2016 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intern in the Office of United States Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. She’d previously served as an Undergraduate Intern in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Malayzja D. Anderson

Malayzja D. Anderson is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in World History from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her current research interests include student activism, 20th century social movements and Middle Eastern history. As a Graduate Assistant in UIS’s Diversity Center, Malayzja develops student programing aimed at retaining minority students and facilitates micro-aggression reduction workshops. Malayzja is currently the Treasurer for the UIS Rotaract Club, Vice President of Graduate Assistants in their union and a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentor Program at UIS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and another in History from Chicago State University. In 2014 Malayzja served as a Public Policy Intern in Senator Kimberly A. Lightford’s district office.

NdjuohMehChu

NdjuohMehChu, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, is a third-year J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School.  At the Law School, he is an active member of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project and previously served as a clinical student in the Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project. Ndjuoh has extensive experience in issues at the intersection of social justice and human rights.  He has held positions at the ACLU of Illinois and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago.  Ndjuoh previously served as an International Human Rights research fellow at the University of Lucerne School of Law in Lucerne, Switzerland and again at the University of Milan, Cattolica in Milan, Italy. Prior to Law School, Ndjuoh worked as a Special Education and Math teacher in the South Bronx. Ndjuoh is also a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick with degrees in Economics and Africana Studies.

As Violence Soars, Governor Continues to Pursue Personal Political Agenda Over Needs of Residents

Posted by Admin On January - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

From: Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative

CHICAGO, IL – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his third state of the state address without having successfully passed a budget. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative.

“Today, Governor Rauner attempted to borrow from the Trump playbook and layout alternative facts about the state of Illinois under his leadership, but the reality is that his time at the helm has been an unmitigated disaster for Illinois families. Precious lives have been lost as a result of the elimination of state anti-violence funding and erosion of the social safety net. In addition to pushing disinvestment, Governor Rauner has contributed to an escalating climate of scapegoating of Muslim and immigrant communities in Illinois by eliminating all state funding for immigrant services and attempting to ban Syrian refugees.

“The diverse set of communities that Grassroots Collaborative represents understand that our state needs a new way forward. We need a People’s Agenda, one that closes capital gains loopholes and fully funds education with that revenue. We need universal childcare so that children have a safe learning environment while their parents go to work. We need criminal justice reform that takes money out of incarceration and reinvests in the communities most affected by policing. These ideas and more are the way to move the state forward.”

NNPA’s Chavis Receives Promise of First Press Interview with President Trump

Posted by Admin On January - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 

By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Omarosa Manigault, recently named assistant to the president and director of communications in the Office of Public Liaison for the Trump Administration, has promised the first press interview with President Trump to Benjamin Chavis, president/CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, according to sources who attended a private meeting with the Trump transition team Jan. 4.

Manigault’s promise of the interview was disclosed after a representative of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) stressed the importance of Black reporters interfacing with the president. Both Chavis and NABJ representatives participated in the closed door meeting at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Northwest DC.

“When NABJ said we need to make sure that somebody Black interviews the President first, [Omarosa] said, ‘Oh no. Ben Chavis and I have already spoken and he’s going to be the first interview,'” recounted veteran civil rights leader Barbara Arnwine, president/CEO of the Transformative Justice Coalition, in an interview this week. Arnwine said Chavis then “acknowledged that that was correct – that they had already been in touch with him about it.”

No working press was allowed inside the meeting, described as “off the record” for those in attendance. The meeting, billed as a “listening session” with Manigault and other senior members of the Trump transition team, drew dozens of Black leaders representing approximately 30 different mostly non-partisan and non-profit organizations.

This reporter and CNN’s Betsy Klein staked out the meeting for more than three hours standing outside the building on the sidewalk. Some organizational leaders spoke guardedly after the meeting while others declined comment.

Leaving the meeting, Chavis gave no details on what happened inside. However, reached by phone, he gave a general statement.

“2017 marks the 190th year of the Black Press in America. And the tradition of the Black press has been to engage whoever is in the White House on behalf of Black America. There are issues that affect our quality of life and we cannot afford to be excluded from the position and the power that would impact the quality of life of Black people,” Chavis said.

Manigault and Trump team members departed after the meeting without making any comments to the media.

If Chavis is granted the interview, it would mark a departure from the Obama treatment of Black newspaper reporters. Despite numerous requests, no one-on-one interviews were awarded to NNPA representatives after this reporter interviewed Obama as president-elect on Jan. 19, 2009, the eve of his first inauguration. However, Obama did grant interviews to Black radio talk show hosts Al Sharpton and Joe “The Black Eagle” Madison. Journalist and communications specialist Jeff Johnson also interviewed the president on BET amidst racial unrest following police shootings of Black people two years ago.

It remains to be seen whether Chavis’ interview with Trump will reveal what sensitivities Trump may have to African-American issues. So far, the President-elect has only spoken of dealing with the high homicide rates in Black communities and building the infrastructure in “inner cities”. He has said little or nothing in favor of civil rights agendas or of police shootings and abuses of Black people.

Trump’s presidential campaign was marked by racial animus.  Since his election to the presidency, he has called for America to unite across divisive political and racial lines while simultaneously making nominations and appointments of people who are racial lightning rods. His appointments include Steve Bannon, former head of the alt-right, White supremacist voice, Breitbart News, as a chief advisor. He has also nominated Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Civil rights leaders and more than 1,000 law professors are protesting Sessions confirmation because of what they describe as a history of racial insensitivity.

According to multiple sources who were inside the meeting, some civil rights representatives expressed strong opposition to the controversial nomination of Sessions. However, based on interviews, the Trump team remained in “listening” mode on that topic, simply nodding without comment.

Arnwine, widely known for her passion on civil rights and social justice issues, said she told the Trump team that the President-elect needed to “withdraw the nomination of Sessions and that there would be no real rapport with the African-American community until that was done. And that no matter what they did, that would be something that they could not overcome.”

Manigault was joined by a number of transition colleagues, including Ken Blackwell, Trump’s domestic policy chair, and Katrina Pierson, a chief advisor.

The team did not respond, except Manigault explained to her colleagues who Arnwine is and her reputation of outspokenness in the civil rights community, Arnwine said, “There was chill in there. You could tell they were pissed off.”

President-elect Trump himself appeared to dismiss the concerns of the civil rights leaders. He told a CNN reporter that Sessions is a “high quality man” who would be “good” as attorney general.

Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, said it is a “tough thing to gauge” where the relationships between the Trump Administration and Black leaders will go from here. He quoted Sessions as having described the NAACP as “‘one of the most un-American organizations in the United States of America’ because we’ve been trying to, quote, ‘shove civil rights down the throats of the American people.'”
Questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee about his posture on race-related civil rights issues, Sessions insisted during confirmation hearings that he will uphold civil rights laws.

Conservative pastor, Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church, praised the administration for “giving significant grass roots leaders an opportunity to state what they’re about, what their agenda is, and what they’d like to see happen.” He called Manigault a “great leader.”

Most of the organizations represented in the meeting were non-partisan, with Black Republicans and Democrats participating. Among others observed by this reporter leaving the meeting were Melanie Campbell of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Dr. Barbara Skinner of the Skinner Leadership Institute; Deana Bass of Bass Public Affairs; Dr. Elsie Scott of the Ron Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center at Howard University; Ron Busby of the U. S. Black Chambers Inc.; Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; Dr. E. Faye Williams of the National Congress of Black women; Rev. Charles Steele of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Lezli Baskerville of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and Janice Mathis of the National Council of Negro Women. Journalist and communications specialist Jeff Johnson was also seen leaving.

Other organizations listed on the emailed invitation, obtained by the Trice Edney News Wire, were the National Association of Blacks in Broadcasting; the American Association of Blacks in Energy; the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the National Action Network; and the National Urban League. Sources said several sororities and fraternities, the Concerned Black Men and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives were also represented.

In the emailed invitation they were told that the meeting “will allow for an opportunity to briefly share your priority issues with the official Transition Team.”

According to interviews with Arnwine and other organizational representatives, the Trump team mostly just listened, but appeared overtly interested in the organizations’ positions on school choice and vouchers. Some civil rights leaders say school vouchers siphon money away from public schools.

“They asked every single group what’s your position on vouchers,” Arnwine said, describing the Trump team as “laser focused” on that issue. “They were really trying to get the optics of how the groups would react to school choice and voucher initiatives. That was very clear.”

They also seemed overtly interested in the funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as building up the infrastructure of the nation, sources said.

Shelton, of the NAACP, praised Manigault for her handling of the meeting, saying he has known her for years.

“It will be fascinating to see how things move ahead with her. I have a lot of respect for her,” he said. “The question is how affective will Omarosa be able to be in an administration like this one.”
Photo: Dr. Benjamin Chavis, president/CEO, National Newspaper Publishers Association

Congressman Maxine Waters Announces her Endorsement for Lorna M. Johnson for DNC Vice-Chair

Posted by Admin On January - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 

WASHINGTON, DC – California Congresswoman Maxine Waters announced her support for business woman, philanthropist and political organizer, Lorna Johnson in her pursuit to become a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

For many years, Lorna Johnson has supported the Democratic Party as a compassionate advocate and effective fundraiser. With more than 15 years’ experience as a political organizer and philanthropist, she has served tirelessly as a member of the National Advisory Board and National Finance Committee since 2008. Over the past 8 years she has been touted as a strong political advocate in the democratic party raising millions both domestically and internationally to support the party’s causes.

A proud American of Jamaican-Cuban decent and a successful business owner in the real estate and healthcare industries, Johnson has also been a devout champion for the less fortunate. In 1999, as part of her “Education and Advocacy” platform she launched the Compassion for Teen Life Foundation. Recognized for her commitment and strong leadership, she was selected to collaborate with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, to successfully launch his Building Community Foundation campaign in Jamaica.

US House Representative Maxine Waters applauded Lorna for her decision to run for one of the available slots as DNC Vice-Chair, “Lorna is a champion for the underserved and has raised millions of dollors for the deomoctratic party. Her tireless and amazing philanthropic work, as well as her dedication to providing health resources and education to the underserved, is exemplary!”

Humbled by Waters’ support, Lorna Johnson is poised to begin a successful campaign to build a more diverse and healthier Democratic Party as vice chair for the DNC.

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For more information about Lorna Johnson visit www.LornaMaeJohnson.com

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