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Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation to Host Criminal Justice Symposium

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
SPRINGFIELD, IL – According to the NAACP, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, while only accounting for 13 percent of the population. These numbers are indicative of the need for further reforms. The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) is hosting a Criminal Justice Symposium to explore different policy initiatives that have been suggested and implemented, and discuss solutions to end the inequality. The ILBCF will be issuing its criminal justice report, which outlines the Black Caucus’ Criminal Justice agenda for this year’s General Assembly.
Below is a list of panelists and the issues they will be discussing:
Pretrial Administration and Bail Reform
·         Attorney Sierra Senor-Moore
·         State Representative Carol Ammons (D-Champaign/Urbana)
·         Faith Coalition for the Common Good – Reginald Dale
·         State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago)
·         Executive Director of Social Changes – Todd Belcore
·         State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria)
The ILBCF Criminal Justice Symposium will be hosted at:
African American History Museum
1440 Monument Dr. Springfield IL 62702
Monday, May 22, 2017
5:45 PM-6:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM-8:00 PM Presentation
This event is also being co-sponsored by the following: Faith Coalistion for the Common Good/ CUJO, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Kit it 200, Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Democratic Chairman’s Association, The Outlet, Alderman Doris Turner, Attorney Sierra Senor – Moore, State Senator Andy Manar, Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Madigan & 14 Attorneys General Urge Department of Justice to Rescind Harsh New Sentencing Guidelines

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


Coalition Calls on Attorney General Sessions to Reverse Sentencing Guidance


CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 14 of her counterparts from around the country to call on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind harsh new instructions for Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to seek long sentences for offenders. The attorneys general urged Sessions to adopt data-driven approaches to criminal justice policy that are better for public safety, more fiscally sound, and more just than mandatory minimum sentences for low-level offenders.


In a letter sent to Sessions, Madigan and the attorneys general write that “there is a strong and bipartisan national consensus that the harsh sentencing practices reflected in the new DOJ policy announced last week do not increase public safety, and that consensus is supported by strong data.”


Additionally, they say that “the new DOJ policy runs contrary not only to this consensus, but also to basic principles of equal justice and sound fiscal policy.”


“Pursuing the toughest criminal penalties against defendants is an outdated approach that has not lowered recidivism rates or reduced crime,” Attorney General Madigan said. “We need the Justice Department to be at the forefront of implementing proven policies to reform our criminal justice system in ways that lower prison populations and make our communities safer.”


Joining Madigan in sending today’s letter were attorneys general from: California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.


A copy of the letter can be found here.


Rep. Harper to Help Immigrants Understand Their Constitutional Rights

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is joining the National Immigrant Justice Center to help connect immigrants with legal resources and help them train for encounters with law enforcement at her Know Your Rights Seminar that will be on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Sherman Park Library Branch, located at 5440 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago.


“Due to the Trump administration’s abuse of power, people won’t leave their homes due to fear of being racially profiled and deported, despite being proud Americans. I want people to understand what they are legally able to do if law-enforcement unconstitutionally stops them,” Harper said. “No one should be living in a state of fear of their government illegally deporting them and taking them away from their families.”


Harper is partnering with the National Immigrant Justice Center to provide and update immigrants about their constitutional rights. During the event, representatives from the NJIC will review existing legal options for immigrants to be prepared for potential encounters with law enforcement, as well as develop a safety plan with attendees to further enhance necessary preparations.



Who: State Rep. Sonya HarperNational Justice Immigrant CenterWhat: Know Your Rights SeminarWhen: Saturday, June 1111 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Where: Sherman Park Branch5440 S Racine AveChicago, IL 60609

Negotiating Team Outlines House Democrats’ Economic Reform Proposals

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – House Democrats seeking common ground with Gov. Bruce Rauner in order to end the budget stalemate and put the state on a path to fiscal stability are asking the governor to consider their reform proposals that will improve the business climate while lifting up the middle class.

“House Democrats believe the budget crisis demands immediate action, and it is our hope to show Governor Rauner that we stand ready to work with him,” state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie said. “We plan to seek common ground with the governor on his proposals, and present him with items we believe should be part of the bargaining in order to encourage economic growth while lifting up the middle class.”

Last week, House Speaker Michael J. Madigan appointed Currie and House Leaders Lou Lang, Arthur Turner and Jay Hoffman to work with Rauner to find compromise on issues unrelated to the state budget.

The legislators plan to present the governor with House Democratic Caucus proposals that will improve the business climate while lifting up the middle class. While the governor has prioritized changes to the workers’ compensation system, Democrats are pushing for additional reforms that would prohibit insurance companies in Illinois from eliminating an insurance policy due to a pre-existing condition and would also create an Insurance Rate Review Board to prevent insurance companies from unfairly gouging consumers.

The House negotiators also plan to ask Rauner to stand with Democrats in working to close corporate loopholes that allow large businesses to pay nothing in taxes. House Democrats have prioritized cutting the overall corporate income tax to level the playing field for small and medium-sized employers, while also cracking down on large corporations that game the system to avoid paying anything in taxes.

“House Democrats have put forward a number of reforms that address the governor’s goals, and we will continue pushing ideas that will strengthen the economy while also lifting up the middle class,” Lang said. “We believe we can create jobs without hurting the people who work in those jobs every day. We look forward to working with the governor to find common ground and move this conversation forward by discussing his ideas in depth, and presenting him with ideas of our own.”   

Another Victory in the Struggle Against Police Crimes

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression


Patrick Prince was released from prison on Tuesday after State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office dropped all the charges against him. Prince has been in prison for 26 years, wrongfully charged and convicted based solely on a confession extracted through police torture.


Frank Chapman, hailed the release, noting that “The release of Patrick Prince is another victory in the struggle by tens of thousands of people throughout the Chicago Area against police crimes, especially the torture and wrongful conviction of Black and Latino young men,” Chapman declared. “We call on State’s Attorney Foxx to free all people who have consistently claimed they confessed under torture.”


Chapman is Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), and Chairperson of the Stop Police Crimes Organizing Committee (SPCOC).


The CAARPR and SPCOC have organized 50,000 people to sign petitions and postcards addressed to their aldermen demanding passage of the ordinance creating an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), which would have the power to end and prevent police killings and torture by referring these torture cops for prosecution.


“There are still over a hundred police torture victims in prison,” Chapman noted. He called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to pardon all these torture victims. “It isn’t necessary for the State’s Attorney to have to look individually at each case,” Chapman said. “The Governor has the Constitutional power to pardon all these victims of torture and free them with the stroke of a pen.


“We join with the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of these men who have been tirelessly campaigning for justice in the cases of their loved ones who are victims of the police crime of torture. The criterion for pardon should be very simple:

  1. The victim claimed his innocence from the beginning.
  2. The victim accused the police of wresting a false confession through torture.


“That’s it. That’s all the Governor needs to free these men through Executive Pardon TODAY!”



As Obama Invites Next Generation to ‘Take Their Own Crack at Changing the World,’ Chicago Youth Answer ‘Yes We Can’

Posted by Admin On May - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
350 teen problem-solvers from 60 schools gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues at Mikva’s Action Civics Showcase

 CHICAGO, IL – Encouraged by Obama’s call to young people, “to take up the baton,” Chicago youth will gather to showcase their year-long activism effort to better their schools and neighborhoods at the Mikva Challenge 15th Annual Action Civics Showcase on May 23, 2017 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Mikva Challenge will host the Showcase in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning. Youth will meet political and community leaders at the Showcase and will be awarded badges for civic action, research and community building.

To stand-up against current immigration policies, youth leaders at Benito Juarez Academy are engaging lawmakers on the local, state, and national level. To increase teen employment in the summer, youth from Excel Academy in Marquette Park organized a job fair with over 25 businesses offering employment opportunities. To increase youth engagement in local politics, youth from Sullivan High School drafted a project proposal to be put on the ballot for the 49th Ward PB process, and they also launched a GOTV campaign to get their peers to vote.

“I’m working Mikva for the recycling project and each day we collect food that so many students throw away. This food could be given to those that actually need it. Saving food also helps students see that they are wasting most of not, not eating it, and that throwing it away is just wrong,” said Khadijah Zaki from Mather High School, who is working on a food recycling and waste elimination project this year with her peers.

The Action Civics Showcase is a culminating event of our Democracy in Action program that had 2,500 youth participants from over 60 schools throughout the Chicagoland area this year. Here’s a complete list of all our projects and schools that will be presenting at the Showcase on May 23rd.
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 4pm-6pm
Where: Cultural Center, 78 E Washington, Chicago, IL 60602

Visuals: Over 350 young people will have their project on display at the event. You’ll also see teachers, principals, politicians and community leaders at the event

Action Civics Showcase 2017 – Project Highlights


Project Title


Benito Juarez Community Academy 

Lobbying to stop anti-immigrant policies

Angered and frustrated by immigration policies coming out of the White House and the negative impact it was having on the school community, youth leaders decided to take action. The group is planning a year long lobbying campaign to influence lawmakers in Springfield and D.C. to change immigration policies through lobbying and launching a story-telling project on youth impacted by these policies.

Julian High School 

Peace Week

In response to a tragedy that took a student’s life in 2012, youth leaders have organized themselves to lead a Peace Day and now a Peace Week every year in their school. As part of their final project, the group will be hosting a Peace Summit to empower teens to discuss societal issues and create peace within themselves, within their schools and within their communities.

Chicago Excel Academy, Southwest


Connecting Youth to Jobs

Worried and frustrated with the high rate of youth unemployment in the Marquette Park neighborhood, youth and teachers collaborated to bring over 25 businesses and other agencies to a school-wide employment fair.

Fenger High School

More opportunities for Black Men

Recognizing the dearth of role models and access to good leadership opportunities for black men in their neighborhood, youth leaders worked on creating pathways to fill that gap. They met with Chicago Bears player Charles Tillman to talk about challenges they face, and are also regularly meeting with community leaders to bring more jobs to black men in their school.

Marquette Elementary

Fill a Tote for Hope

In order to address the issue of homelessness in their community, youth at Marquette researched the number of displaced families and individuals living in Chicago Law and then designed a campaign called Filled A Tote for Hope! They packaged a 100 tote bags filled with hygiene products, clothes etc to distribute to the homeless on April Fools Day.

In Search of Justice: The Sad Saga of Former Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

A Reprint from the PCC Network


In his search for truth & justice, former Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden has encountered many battles in life, and has faced untold obstacles in his 53-year quest to clear his name of a crime he said he never committed – all to no avail. According to Bolden, he was framed by the government – the Secret Service and other law enforcement officials.

Bolden, the first Black Secret Service Agent on a U.S. Presidential Detail, was personally picked by President John F. Kennedy to join his presidential detail while Kennedy was on a trip to Chicago in 1961. He was elated, and who wouldn’t be elated. After all, it was a time of racial strife in the country and an offer like this to a black man was unimaginable to say the least. At the time he was a local Chicago Secret Service agent.

Clearing his name is something that is sacred to him, and even at 82 years old, he is still mindful of that duty to himself, family, friends, and supporters, that he must never give up on that goal.

And in spite of his many trials and tribulations, which included three heart attacks, a Pace Maker and a bout with cancer – Bolden has not given up, and he said he “will never give up, because God is in the plan.

In King James Version of the Bible, John 14:1, it states: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. And in John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me “

Abraham Bolden has been talking about his dismal plight now for a very long time; how he was railroaded by the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement officials while he was a secret service agent. He’s been fighting a long time to clear his name, after spending three years and three months in federal prison for a crime he emphatically says he never committed. He was fired from the Secret Service in August 1964, spent three years and three months in federal prison, and paroled in 1969. He is deeply rooted in history. He is an American hero, a black man that won’t give up his fight to clear his name. God was in his life at a very early age, when he was a young kid. He grew up, believing in the justice of God.

Bolden, the East Saint Louis native who was the first black Secret Service Agent, became an agent in 1960.

And since that time, he’s had a long history of fighting a battle he never imagined, and also feels betrayed.  Not only did he face racism from his fellow agents while on the job, but he has spent most of his life fighting to clear his name.

It has been a long haul for Bolden and one helluva ride for a patriotic and courageous man in his quest to seek justice and clear his name. He has spent most of his life toward that goal – 53 years to be exact – all to no avail. Bolden is aware that it’s been a slow road to attaining the dream of clearing his name, he was denied pardons by three U.S. Presidents (Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama), yet, he has no intentions of ever giving up in his endeavors to clear his name. Even after the three heart attacks, a pace maker and a bout with cancer he still has a whimper of hope in clearing his name, which has evaded him for so many years.

Bolden is an historical figure.

Bolden was accused of taking a $50,000 bribe from a counterfeiting ring that he had helped break, which he denies, and eventually did time for bribery. He has spent most of his life fighting a grave injustice done to him.

Prior to joining Kennedy’s presidential detail, Bolden served as a former Illinois state trooper and a Secret Service Agent in Chicago. He graduated cum laude from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, with a B.A. degree in music composition.

President Kennedy told Bolden he was the “Jackie Robinson of Baseball”. Some have said he was framed because he knew too much.

In published reports it was stated that after two incredibly unfair criminal trials the first in which the sitting judge instructed the jury that Bolden was guilty of all counts in the indictment. Bolden was convicted; however, but the case against Bolden began to fall apart when one of the witnesses, Joseph Spagnoli, who testified against Bolden, confessed that he and another witness, Frank William Jones, concocted and fabricated the criminal case against Bolden with the help of an Assistant United States Attorney. In spite of Spagnoli’s confession and the government’s refusal to deny the charges levied by Spagnoli, Bolden was sent away to the penitentiary.

After an initial mistrial, Bolden was convicted and served three years and three months in federal prison before he was paroled in 1969.

Bolden was arraigned in Chicago on May 20, 1964 on federal charges that he had solicited a bribe from a counterfeiting ring that he had helped break. He was accused of seeking $50,000 in exchange for a secret file on the investigation. The government’s case rested primarily on the testimony of the two men, Frank Jones and Joseph Spagnoli, both facing criminal charges.

Bolden was not accused of receiving or was he ever found to be in possession of any illicit funds from the accused felons who testified against him. He maintained his innocence, asserting that he had been framed because he planned to expose dereliction among the agents assigned to guard Kennedy in front of the Commission. The Secret Service denied Bolden’s claims

Reportedly, there were two witnesses who testified against Bolden at his trial. One of them, who accused Bolden of soliciting bribes, admitted that federal prosecutors had asked him to lie about the case. However, when Bolden appealed and requested a new trial it was denied and Bolden began serving a six-year sentence in 1966, and paroled in 1969.

Bolden is a strong man, a very focused man, a religious man, a patriotic man, a man of integrity That was noted in many articles that I read about him pertaining to his plight. Where does that strength come from? From God, his wife (he and his wife Barbara were married 49 years), mother, children and many supporters.

Bolden focused on two voices he heard while in his prison cell. The dark room lit up and the voice told him not to be afraid. Another voice asked his name and said “God is with you.” Bolden said he knew the voices were spiritual messages from God.

He talked fondly about President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy, he said, “meant a lot to me, I will miss him for the rest of my life.”

You can watch the complete interview with Dr. Juanita Bratcher and Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden on Youtube.com.

And On a Final Note:

To Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden

By Dr. Juanita Bratcher


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will

And change one’s life and living at will

You fight to the end to clear your good name

But nothing goes right, and you’re labeled insane

It seems that the world stands still and there is no hope

But God sees all and there’s room to cope


So when you scream to the top of your voice and ask God that justice prevails

You’ll see, all will go well

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Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

NAACP and Congressman John Lewis Speak Out on “Mythology” of Voter Fraud

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

NAACP Statement on the Mythology of Voter Fraud


  • Cornell William Brooks | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MSCornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP

BALTIMORE – NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order creating a commission on voter fraud.

The recent executive order establishing the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity represents yet another veiled attempt to disenfranchise people of color. Citing false and unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, President Trump has perpetuated this mythology of “voter fraud,” as justification for support of laws and policies that promote voter suppression.

This Commission poses a very real and direct threat to our electoral system and democracy. Clearly designed to bar millions from exercising their democratic birthright, through a gumbo of alt-facts, stereotypes and dog whistle politics, the NAACP as this nation’s first-responder on civil rights will fight back with every resource at our disposal against any assault on the vote. Without a doubt, the enemy of the vote will seek to utilize whatever findings the committee produces as ammunition for the continuing assault on voting rights.

While we cannot predict what the commission will report, its makeup gives us reason the worry. Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, is one of the principal disseminators of the mythology of widespread voter fraud, despite no statistical proof to validate this claim.

In a 2015 study, The Washington Post found that out of 1 billion votes cast between 2000 and 2014, there were 31 alleged incidents of voter fraud. More recently, of the 134 million votes cast during the most-recent presidential election, The Post found a mere 4 incidents of voter fraud.

Despite any evidence of voter fraud, this administration is expending public funds to address an issue which, quite simply, does not exist. There is simply no evidence of widespread voter fraud. The appointment of Kris Kobach as Vice Chair of the Commission is a clear signal of the ultimate purpose and intent of the Commission which is to provide justification for making it more difficult, if not impossible, for African-American and Latino citizens to exercise their right to vote.

The NAACP is committed to defend against any attack on the voting rights of our fellow citizens, no matter what their color or political persuasion. Rather than burdening participation in our democracy, we should all be working to increase the degree of civic participation throughout this nation. There is no integrity in denying American citizens their right to vote. This Commission on Election Integrity is a sham and should not be allowed to give any credibility to the mythology of widespread voter fraud.



John Lewis

John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis’ Statement

54 years sounds like a long time ago — but in the context of our movement, it’s only a blink.

It’s only been 54 years since I marched with my brothers and sisters from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

It’s only been 54 years since we were jailed, beaten, and killed for trying to cast a vote. For trying to participate in democracy, in the United States of America.

This isn’t ancient history. It’s the experience of my life.

Just a few decades ago, we changed the course of history and helped pave the way for the Voting Rights Act — but yesterday, this administration put that legacy under attack.

They signed an executive order to start a commission investigating almost non-existent “voter fraud.” It’s nothing more than a cover for them to threaten our progress — with registration barriers, elimination of early and absentee voting, and rules that obstruct an inclusive democracy.

We cannot let this happen.

President Obama likes to say that the arc of the moral universe doesn’t bend on its own — we have to reach up and pull it towards justice ourselves. On that day 54 years ago, we gave it a mighty pull. We can’t let it snap back.

Every one of us, right now, has a responsibility to keep pulling on that arc — to protect and defend our right to vote. Say you’ll join OFA in this fight:


Thank you,

Congressman John Lewis

DOJ Reversal on Drug Prosecutions Will Fuel Mass Incarceration and Undermine Public Safety

Posted by Admin On May - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS


BALTIMORE, MD -The NAACP released the following statement regarding the DOJ’s decision to promote the use of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

The decision by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions requiring federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe charges possible, regardless of whether they would expose low-level offenders to mandatory minimums, represents not only a threat to public safety, but exacerbates mass incarceration.


This decision by DOJ to overturn previous previous Justice Department guidance will lead to thousands of people spending unnecessary years of imprisonment while doing nothing to advance public safety.


“The Attorney General’s directive suggests that this long ugly era of mass incarceration now has eternal life. Contradicting commonsense, conscience, and experience of red and blue state governors, this new policy takes us quickly backward,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks.


Earlier DOJ Guidance that discouraged the federal prosecution of low-level drug offenders resulted in a 14% drop in federal prosecution of drug cases and a focus on more serious offenses and more dangerous offenders. Since reaching its historic peak in 2013, reforms in drug prosecution and sentencing as well as the Obama administration’s clemency initiative led to a significant decrease in the federal prison population, which had dropped 14% (to 188,800) by April 2017. The Sessions memo essentially guarantees a larger federal prison population, ensuring that money that would be better used on preventing crime will be spent imprisoning people who are no risk to the communities.


The memo takes us back to the “War on Drugs” mentality that has led to our current age of mass incarceration, making the US the world leader in the number of people incarcerated. The racial disparities in arrest, prosecution, and incarceration have led to the devastation of African American families and communities. The NAACP is not ready to move backward. We must work to dismantle our system of mass incarceration, instead of exacerbating the problem. We will not allow the Attorney General to turn the clock back on federal criminal justice reform.


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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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