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8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward

 

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Why the 8th Ward Needs Linda Hudson as Alderman

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Project_MontclareBy Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

Smart people always know how to take the high road, not the low road. This is why it is important to not fight about things we don’t want, but focus on what we need. Many complain and voice their complaints with anger when the energy should be focused on strategy and solutions. Many lose their patience at forums that are not focused on strategy and resolution. It’s too much wasted energy being angry. Like the saying goes, “Don’t get mad. Get smart.”

I’m not going to dwell on the past when the current 8th Ward alderman tried to get a Marijuana Medical Clinic in the community stealth mode, until a woman with much more interest in the community and its preservation and revitalization was monitoring City Hall and the Zoning Department updates for the community.

I won’t talk about how the same 8th Ward alderman is now up to the same old tricks by trying to sneak another project into the community – a one and two bedroom low income housing project aligned with Pill Hill homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many of those homes were built by families that still occupy them.

There were conversations detailing what could be built in the area and zoning changes put in place to maintain its environment of single family homes and businesses. However,  now the 8th Ward wants to rezone property meant for single family homes and businesses to accommodate a behemoth of a building

While I support looking out for the welfare of our seniors, taking away valuable property meant for businesses to populate Stony Island Avenue and keep it vital is deplorable. Certainly, there are other areas, especially along east 95th that are long overdue for improvement, and there are strip malls, a pharmacy and restaurants in walking distance on the business side of the street. Further, if that office is supposed to be proud of this project as stated by the 8th Ward Alderman during last week’s community meeting, I find it interesting that this is not featured on the home page of the Alderman’s website, but others are. They want to turn a quiet family friendly area into a transient community.

Project_MontclarePerhaps, it was a convenient oversight. Hmm, your most proud accomplishment you worked really hard on after 12 years of sitting in a seat unopposed, and feel people should have “a little more faith” in you with a history of lacking transparency, being deceptive and obviously some personal agendas.

While the community sleeps, deals are being made on their behalf. Hey Pill Hill, did you know there is a 200 person waiting list already for a project in your area in phase 2 for a 134 unit with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a 7 story building for ages 62 (site currently states 55 and up) and up “but they are allowed to have guests”? This building will be located at 94th and Stony Island, prime business real estate. Some apartments (PRA) will be paying as low as 30% of their income. “A portion of this project is subsidized by CHA to assist independent seniors through the Property Rental Assistance.”

“All residents must pass a criminal background check,” but not their visitors and potential sublets don’t. The features and amenities in the building are for the residents, not the community. Phase one must have slipped under the radar. Phase 2 would have also slipped under the radar, too, if not for a very active community activist named Linda Hudson.

Wake up people! We can’t continue to let things go business as usual. If you don’t believe the community is rotting, take a look at the businesses along a once vibrant and booming avenue. Stony Island Avenue leads into Bishop Ford Highway on the South end and Lake Shore Drive on the North. What other streets in the city can claim that!? The Alderman moves under the radar unopposed making light of peoples’ fears with jokes and sarcasm, is not the answer Alderman, especially when you have a history of this. It’s like trolling the community, and it further shows the lack of recognizing valid concerns, fears and input from the community.

Is a candidate that runs unopposed necessarily best for the community, especially if they feel grandmothered into a position? Is business as usual the best for a once booming community that flourished and now appears run down with uncared for structures, many terrible pothole streets and a neglected business area. Why would a Dunkin’ Donut be allowed to build at the edge of a parking lot with traffic obstructed and backed up daily off Stony Island when it could have taken advantage of some of the vacant property on the avenue with room for expansion? The right businesses increase property value.

Project_MontclarePerhaps, businesses should have been pursued to take on the so called “swamp lands.” There were businesses there before that included restaurants and a motel.  Another concern is the public verbal spanking of black contractors the Alderman gave and why they aren’t included on jobs, and how training courses had to be given to them to teach them things they did not know. Really, Alderman?  You are going to single out Black contractors as a whole, and talk about them not being suitable? I find it hard to believe there are no qualified Black people available to take on those projects professionally.

Does that mean I should avoid giving work to any Black contractor I come in contact with in Chicago?

At your so-called informational meeting, all of this was done in front of the non-black developers and police officers in the room. Lazy, uneducated black stereotypes were being perpetuated in front of guests, the very people involved with the development of the 7 story monstrosity with a price tag of $38.6 million dollars that will be looking over Pill Hill backyards and homes.

When a concerned resident said she lived on the property line where the building was being built and that she was concerned about her privacy.  I heard someone shout. “They won’t see much.” Guess they never heard of a telescopes and binoculars. I would be very concerned if I had children living on property where people can watch them from their windows. At that height lives can be easily monitored.

Press the play button below for a sound bite from the last 8th Ward alderman meeting to hear what the current alderman had to say about “black people.”

It was also mentioned that a certain ward didn’t want the Kroc (McDonald’s!) center, and they found an alternative space in another ward. I could not help but wonder why efforts weren’t focused on pursuing that center by the 8th Ward alderman for education and business empowerment of the community to serve many, instead of a few. Why didn’t the 8th Ward fight to get the Kroc community center? The area has needed a community center for decades. Why aren’t the young people, especially teens being provided safe places to go hangout after school and during the weekends to learn things like economic empowerment, crafts, physical fitness, sports, business, etc.? They are the future of the community.

If you are a citizen concerned about an area once zoned for single family homes and businesses being changed to include this building, show up at the next zoning meeting scheduled for April.

Linda Hudson, Concerned Citizen and Community Activist

Linda Hudson, Concerned Citizen and Community Activist was in the audience asking questions.

“Energy flows where attention goes.” So I will not focus all of my energy on what people in the community do or do not want. I’d rather focus on what the community needs, and that is an 8th Ward alderman that understands the importance of transparency, honesty and really assessing what the community wants and needs without focusing on gossip and rumors, jokingly wasting time instead of easing trouble minds that have good reason to be troubled. That’s what secrecy and lack of communications brings about. We need a person that won’t make fun of their community, but inform them.

Our youth, especially the overlooked teenagers, are very important to this community. Many of them vote too. Give our young people a place to socialize and learn things about business startups, incubators, activities that include recreation, fitness, education outside of school like other neighborhoods and stores and restaurants like the ones they frequent outside of the community so they can buy and put money back into the community. They shouldn’t have to go downtown, south suburbs, north or Hyde Park to find mentors, coaches, prospective project team members, business partners, etc. and to have a good time. What can the 8th Ward provide for these young people to learn how to hold on to the homes in their community, maintain the ones handed down by their parents and provide for their future?

We need someone that knows joking sarcastically about gossip and making fun of people as a platform to stay in office is not good strategy. It makes them look petty and unprofessional to entertain rumors and have an easily bent ear. We need someone that knows that behavior and the aforementioned are unacceptable, and that is why we need Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman. “It’s Time for Change that benefits the community as a whole, and not a few!

Elect Linda Hudson for Chicago 8th Ward Alderman

Elect Linda Hudson for Chicago 8th Ward Alderman

 

 

Republican Jews Run Black Democrats?

Posted by Admin On March - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

 
OpEd by Richard B. Muhammad

In one of the more bizarre cases of American politics, a Jewish Republican group called on seven Black Democrats in Congress to step down in repudiation of Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan over false charges of anti-Semitism. Several of the Black congressional leaders obeyed and denounced Min. Farrakhan.

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which seeks “to foster and enhance ties between the American Jewish community and Republican decision makers,” made the demand. “We work to sensitize Republican leadership in government and the Party to the concerns and issues of the Jewish community, while articulating and advocating Republican ideas and policies within the Jewish community,” the RJC added.

Nowhere in the RJC mission is there a commitment to bi-partisanship, nor recognition of any interests except the interests of Jewish people and Israel.
Yet the group devoted to Jewish and Republican interests saw fit to order Black Caucus members to repudiate meeting with a man who has worked on behalf of Black people for over 62 years?
Clearly the only thing that matters is the Jewish part of any so-called Black-Jewish relationship. Blacks don’t have a right to forge their own agendas or to even meet among themselves-which are apparently rights reserved for Zionist Jews.
And, apparently, Jewish concerns even outrank party loyalties and naked attempts to hurt Blacks inside the Democratic Party. So powerful are the Jewish Republicans that not only do they keep Republicans in line, they also have enough juice to force Blacks who are Democrats to toe the line too.
You find no common interests between these groups as the RJC was virulently anti-Barack Obama, the first Black president, and literally spent millions trying to defeat him.
If the RJC had its way, you would have never had that Black man in the White House.
But wait, there’s more. There’s the RJC’s sacred defend-Israel-at-all-costs commitment without a commitment to justice for all. And, when it comes to racist-in-chief Donald Trump, the RJC even refused to criticize the president for a 2017 statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that failed to mention Jews. Others took the Donald to task, but not the RJC.
This is the same Donald Trump that called African nations and Haiti shithole countries, urged a crowd to beat a Black Lives Matter protester (a Black man who was actually assaulted and then arrested) at a pro-Trump campaign event, and who had to figure out White supremacists and the killing of a young White women at a protest in Charlottesville, Va., was wrong.
Mr. Trump fed into the hysteria that led to five young Black and Latino men going to jail in the 1989 Central Park jogger case in New York, though they were innocent. Mr. Trump claimed the young men were still guilty after they were released.
That the men were paid a $41 million settlement in 2014 meant nothing. In 2016, presidential candidate Trump declared the men were still guilty. At the height of trial hysteria, Mr. Trump took out a full-page ad saying New York should bring back the death penalty. Then there were those Trump lawsuits for housing discrimination and charges because he didn’t want to rent to Blacks in the 1970s.
So clearly there is no affinity between these lawmakers and the RJC’s love fest with Mr. Trump, who is essentially reviled by the Congressional Black Caucus.
Maybe it’s the RJC protect-Israel-at-all-costs mantra that fits with the politics of these Black congressmen? Not really. Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana, who was called out by the RJC, conducted a TV interview on FOX 59 in his home state. During the March 9 broadcast, Rep. Carson admitted to meeting with the Minister to discuss important issues. What about the RJC demand he step down?
“That organization doesn’t have any credibility with me. I know they have a political agenda,” said Rep. Carson. “The Congressional Black Caucus is asking that organization to condemn (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu and the (Israeli) government for discriminating against Africans who are migrating, who are fleeing dictatorships, who are fleeing oppression. There’s a great deal of bigotry and racism happening right now they fail to condemn.”
So African migrants in Israel are suffering, threatened with deportation and jail, the Black Caucus asked the RJC for help and heard crickets? What kind of fake Black-Jewish relationship is this? And, while Israel is kicking Black Africans out of Israel, she is blocking Ethiopian Jews from reuniting with family members living in the so-called Jewish state, which seems to welcome White Jews Only.
Yet these Jewish Republicans had the gall to demand that congressional representatives Carson, Maxine Waters of California, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Danny Davis of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, Barbara Lee of California and Gregory Meeks of New York condemn Min. Farrakhan. Sadly lawmakers Ellison, Davis, Lee and Meeks had done just that by Final Call press time.
It’s enough to be on the Democratic plantation, but when your masters come over from the Republican plantation that should be more than any self-respecting Black man and woman should stand. So the only bi-partisan thing for a Negro politician to do is join with Jewish Republicans to denounce Min. Farrakhan?
Sad. Shameful. But proof once again that the Negro has no political interests nor political power that the White Man, the Jewish Man, is bound to respect.
Or do we have no political power at all?
Richard B. Muhammad is editor-in-chief of The Final Call newspaper. He can be reached through www.finalcall.com and at editor@finalcall.com. Find him on Facebook at Richard B. Muhammad and on Twitter: @RMfinalcall. His website is www.richardmuhammad.com.
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Students of Color Need to See More People of Color; That Shouldn’t Be Controversial

Posted by Admin On March - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
 
OpEd By Nate Bowling
 
 
Nate Bowling

I spent most of my first year of grad school sitting in the back row of class with my hood up. There were nearly 40 of us in the cohort. Two were Black.

My hoodie was an act of silent dissent. Today, I completely understand when my students want to do the same, even with me in front of the room. Academia and public schools are spaces where people of color often feel underrepresented, unwelcome and unheard.

From third grade through high school, I was a student in a series of neighborhood public schools. Afterward, I went to community college and then on to a public liberal arts college where I earned my bachelor’s and eventually my master’s degree. Each phase in my educational journey shared two characteristics:

1. The further I progressed, the fewer Black and Brown classmates I had.

2. As I progressed, regardless of the demographics of the student population, the faculty and administrators were uniformly nearly all White.

That needs to change.

An organization I am part of, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, recently released videos designed to provoke conversations that will lead to this kind of change. Called Courageous Conversations About Race in Schools, the videos provide an effective starting point for real discussions that should be happening in schools-particularly in colleges and universities-across this country.

Research tells us that upwards of 80 percent of U.S. teachers are White. Different research tells us that nearly 80 percent of teachers are female. Obviously, those Venn diagrams overlap in a largely White and female workforce.

At the same time, because of higher birth rates among immigrant populations and the “mysterious phenomenon” of disproportionately high numbers of White children in private schools, the majority of the population of students in public school are students of color, and those numbers are headed even higher, based on enrollment numbers in lower grades.

Schools systems need to do a better job of attracting and retaining effective teachers of color. Students of color need to see more people of color in positions of expertise and authority, and teachers need to be conversant and literate in the cultural traditions that are present in their classrooms. None of these statements should be controversial.

The lack of representation is an equity issue, and to resolve it we can look to lessons elsewhere in our society. During the Vietnam War the Pentagon realized that majority Brown platoons of soldiers and Marines wouldn’t take life-or-death orders from a uniformly White officer corps. The Pentagon thus underwent an intentional effort to diversify the officer corps. Since then, the Pentagon has submitted amicus curiae briefs in every major affirmative action case before the U.S. Supreme Court because they understand that representation matters.

TIME FOR A REPRESENTATION DISRUPTION

The word “disruption” gets hurled around frequently in business and increasingly in education. Usually, it’s about handing Silicon Valley tech bros a metric-ton of venture capital to sprinkle the #EdTech™ fairy dust of the moment. But I’m going to argue that when it comes to teacher diversity and representation in schools, we actually need disruption.

In my neck of the woods the numbers are especially grim: There are only about 800 Black teachers in all of Washington State. In my 12-year teaching career, I have never worked with another Black male general education teacher.

There’s no reason for me to be alone. We see talented students of color all over higher education because universities know how to recruit them. As Jeff Duncan-Andrade says, “Look at any college football or basketball team and tell me colleges don’t know how to recruit Black talent. When I was a kid I thought Georgetown was an HBCU.”

But it can’t just be student athletes. We need to bring in students who can increase teacher diversity. It’s imperative-and it’s well within our power.

Nate Bowling is a high school government teacher in Tacoma, Washington, who was named the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. His blog is called A Teacher’s Evolving Mind.

Wake-Up America! President Donald Trump is Positioning Himself to Govern the United States for an Unprecedented Period!

Posted by Admin On March - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
By Harold E. Bailey
President & Founder of ProbationChallenge & the PCC Network

Wake-Up America! President Donald Trump is positioning himself to govern the United States for an unprecedented period! Heard in recent dialogs was that he is in for the long haul…and, thusly, planting subliminal seeds as he rests under the assumptions that changing of the president’s term-law will help to accommodate his insanities.  Unfortunately, President Trump believes everything he utters!  However, take note that when the Head of the United States Aches … the Body Profoundly Ails!

 

As tax-payers examine as to who in government is ailing, they find the disposition rest by-large at the feet of Republicans. A large portion of the Republican Congressional body has become frightened to halt the terrorist sitting in the seat of authority who is tearing into the core-fabrics of this country!  Without question, this delegation of Republicans has sold itself to the highest bidder… with defying silence for the sake of filthy-greed! They have elected to choose riches and possessions rather than to represent U.S. citizens. Their utmost concern exceeding the welfare of humans is to maintain a congressional seat!

 

Civilized politicians both Democrats and Republicans once lifted the U.S. Congress as the highest body of leadership in the land and were once proud to have youth emulate them! However, in the last year many have separated from their invaluable principles and have surrendered their morals to the absurdity flowing from the bowels of the 45th president!

 

Immeasurable taxpayers have become hypnotized with disbelief as they look into the eyes of representatives who were elected to represent them! These were the officials sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to preserve justice for all… now, many have made a transition into the political arms of prostitution under the Trumps spell.

 

Trump along with other insidious political favorites have fallen from grace and will remember that the loss of morals, principles and spiritual ethics will ever be remembered in the archives of history.

 

While fraudulent politicians fear for the loss of local and a congressional seat … they have put their own biased needs over the needs of their constituents!  This belligerent agents-of-government wink at righteousness and representative of greedy-dogs who return to eat their own vomit. That vomit was that which they spewed out to clean up the Nation from bullies, mobster-actions and muscle men who gangland their way into the halls of government … they now violate decency!

 

In an act of transformation, these unwise legislators have now become disciples of President Donald Trump… who merely come to rob, steal, kill and to destroy the core-fabric of these Not-So-United States!

 

I humbly suggest that the United States government consider an aggressive house-cleaning! This cleaning process should reflect removing the harshness that has caused this country to be greatly divided! There must be priority regarding the stench that was derived from the deportation of families!  During this cleaning, there should be a methodology set-forth that would give youth a chance to security a quality education and a cause to live into adulthood!  An impetus from the government that would be an incentive for families to live wherever without discrimination or fear of harassment from neighbors or that of the police.

 

Sanity and its attributes can be accomplished… in this century, if the head of this nation would consider taking leave of nonsense and jump into the saneness that all men/woman are created equally by God, the creator of all mankind.

 

An awesome difference would and could take place should the government focus on youth who have fallen victim to the orchestration of crime, drugs and street violence! This second-chance would be a ‘hands up’, especially for the heroin and other devastating physical and mentally impaired!  Those sitting in congressional seats of judgment ought to remember that drugs are ‘those drugs that the U.S. government’ with or without justification allow into this country frequently by default!  Building the Trump Wall’ is yet another ‘Trump Tower’ and yet another mere distraction which will not make the difference anticipated. Change come about by a shifting of attitudes coupled with honest spiritual communications in prayer. This could be the beginning of a grand difference!

 

The public is currently deliberating about their hard-earned-dollars – rather eat or pay for medicine. Remedy to much of these dilemmas could be in ridding Washington, Chicago, and local political offices of puppets who dangle financial promises to them by deranged puppeteers. These puppeteers are draining tax-payers of their finances while they in-fact run quickly to the bank.

 

Taxpayers have just-cause to send meaningless officials into the sunset to never reenter government service! Then again, taxpayers (employer) must awaken and seek diligently to rid these United States of political loafers who swallow-up public’s tax dollars – giving inconsequential returns.  These questionable politicians sitting on the seats of complacency should first be considered for incarceration for raping the public and should thereafter stand in the unemployment line!

 

 

OpEd: Here’s to This Flag of Mine

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

                                                          By Dr. Sunni Ali

 

Why should African Americans celebrate allegiance to the U.S. Flag?

 

Many people argue that the long history of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism alone entitles black people’s exemption away from pledging their allegiance to this nation’s flag.

 

From President Trump’s recent harsh statement toward National Football League players’ refusal to stand during the National Anthem to NFL owners and politicians’ perspectives over this issue, generations of black folk since the time of Frederick Douglass and the black emigrate movements of the1820s questioned their patriotism.

 

The powerful lesson of Colin Kaepernick is similar to that of a patriot, a person who sacrifices themselves fighting injustice and unfairness to birth change. Since its conception, America has needed patriots around to demand that equality and equity become common for all people living in this nation.

 

Kaprenick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem served as notice to the nation it is not living up to its creed, which struck a chord for people choosing to ignore the current racial issues shaking up the American landscape such as, the unjustifiable police homicides of black civilians.

 

The history of having patriots, rebels, and intellectuals apply rhetoric, civil protest, and rebellion helped progress America. Yet as perplexed, challenged, and complicated American history has been toward African Americans, their loyalty and honor toward the American flag continues to celebrate an abundant country they helped make possible while arguing for more progressive change to improve a nation.

 

Hence the title of text, Here’s to This Flag of Mine springs forth from Marcus Garvey’s Black Nationalist Song, written by his wife, Amy Jacques Garvey, which provides a metanarrative of the African American experience dealing with the challenges paying homage to a nation’s flag.

 

Such arguments emerged through the 20th Century between W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey as well as Malcolm X and Dr. King Jr. Despite this, majority of African Americans continue to believe in the hopes, dreams, and values America promises.

 

The significance of African American’s patriotic debate is also rooted to W.E.B. Dubois’ Double Consciousness Theory that says African Americans harbor a divided soul living in America; they struggle with being African and American while paying homage to both.

 

Especially considering the magnificent contributions blacks have made to the nation before its conception. Indeed, African people have helped to develop the Americas as far back as 700 A.C.E.

 

Hence, the journey of African Americans goes beyond the pages of any history textbook or lesson that emphasize a narrative of chattel slavery. African Americans have been the scientists, mathematicians, architects, artisans, domestic engineers, horticulturalists, agrarian specialists, and soldiers for a nation that marginalized their existence. Thereby blacks’ loyalty or patriotism should never be questioned.

 

Here’s To A Flag of Mine celebrates the struggles, successes, and challenges imposed onto African Americans fighting to improve their second-class status. A history that deserves reparations and appreciation as America transitions beyond the 21st Century.

 

Curse Inflicted: From Slavery To Sex Trade

Posted by Admin On March - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
By Ebonique Harrison
 

As Black History month begins many people think of others who have paved the way for blacks and others in America. To have freedom, liberty and justice were not just given to blacks, it was fought for and blacks are still fighting for equality.

 

As society think of black women in black history, brings acknowledgement of Oprah Winfrey referencing Recy Taylor in her great speech when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes Awards. Oprah mentioning her legacy brought worldwide attention to the past, the history of women in America to the #Me Too Movement. Shining light on her story brought many at home watching to tears. The story of Recy Taylor is that she was walking home from church and suddenly abducted at gun point and raped by a group of six white men in 1944. The white men took her into their car to a secluded area. She was threatening to be killed and she thought they were going to kill her, but they let her walk home in fear. She survived the traumatic, sexual violence event, and she reported it to law enforcement right away. She stood up. She spoke up as many women never have the courage to do, because of fear of losing their life. She didn’t remain silent and used her voice for herself and all the other women who were afraid to use theirs. The sheriff sought after the suspects who committed the crime, but no arrest was made. Her house was firebombed at night, and she and her family moved to her father’s house. Many of the men had denied the rape while 4 of them confessed in doing it consensually. Our historic Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks of the NAACP stepped in to bring exposure to her case. Sadly, she didn’t receive any justice in the court of law in Alabama. Two grand juries declined to indict the men. She eventually separated from her husband and moved to Florida with one child. She partnered with another man but didn’t have any more children because the vicious sexual assault left her infertile.

 

Those times were fragile, and many black women never saw any justice to sexual misconduct. With the women’s movement taking place in America and during Black History Month, a salute goes to honor all the black women for their strength, perseverance and desire to have their voices heard. The debut book Curse Inflicted: From Slavery to the Sex Trade examines black women in history to present day and the sexual harassment, sexual violence and sex trafficking that often takes place.

 

Crime and violence are so prevalent in black women lives and Recy Taylor storygives birth for other women to continue to fight the fight. The criminal justice systemneeds to be reformed, and so does criminalizing sex trafficking victims. The newlyreleased book Curse Inflicted, will discuss the reasons why all of this sexual misconduct takes place in black women lives and how they can stop it.

 

An Open Letter to President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress: War’s Hell!

Posted by Admin On October - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Dr. Harold Bailey

President and Founder of Probation Challenge & the PCC Network

 

 

Without question, the ‘repulsive intention’ of WAR is HELL!  With war declared by these Not So United States, the first to defend the front lines are ‘generally’ African American and Hispanic youth!  The U.S. Army infantry is ‘generally’ reserved for those who lack the completion of an educational or acceptable skill.  However, prime duties are ‘generally’ reserved for recruits who have acquired and exceled in training. I reiterate, the first into battle are ‘generally’ those who are affiliates of the U.S. Army Infantry, who are habitually blacks and hispanices, followed by some whites!

 

Enough Said?

 

With the President daily tweeting subliminal messages that often include a subordinate suggestion of war – I shudder to reason that the Commander-in-Chief is void of history!  I prayerfully recommend that there be no contemplation to send United States youth to war established on unfamiliar hypotheses… which are undergirded with hatred for another country on hazardous impulses!

 

Educated citizens of this country who were afforded an educational opportunity can discern the authentic motive for war—and not that which has been spewed upon us.  Educators and historians have well authenticated that war was profitable for some and not others.

 

Noticeable political entanglements on numerous political fronts are unfolded daily before a world who humorously smirks at us… The unsettling mocking of this country signifies that there is malignance in our U.S. Government which has become an embarrassment to the Nation!

 

I’ve become perturbed as U.S. adolescence were intellectually taught that those entrusted with leadership were elevated to such positions to serve as role-models, however some governmental personalities have fallen from the Grace of God – to serve only themselves and not their Health-Care Constituents.

 

And, as youth succumb to minor drug misdemeanor they are questionably sentenced to what seems as an eternal life in the waiting rooms to hell – which is jail!  The dire political query becomes; what are the consequences for those guilty of governmental acts of fraudulence?

 

As the world observes… they have noted envy in the eyes of the President Donald Trump, who ferociously seeks to discredit and unravel ‘constructive procedures’ that typifies eminent accomplishments by those who’ve taken political philosophies to heights as none before! These asinine displays of hatred have brought about blatant acts of stupidity in effort to replace acts of intelligence with an over-aggression of ignorance!

 

Releasing of Mr. Trumps sublime tweets across the Internet identifies hate, fear and division.  Authenticated Christians, undeniably know this spirit of fear, confusion and uncertainties only come to: Rob, Steal, Kill and Destroy Righteousness!  These undertakings symbolize an evil spirit direct from the Pit-of-Hell.

 

Mr. Donald Trump and Members of Congress: It has been spelled-out and is unequivocally clear that biasness and racism from the White House has now extended into many congressional districts simply because of fear – fear of this president and of losing an election! Fear is not of God and Politics over humans is unacceptable!

 

With ambiguous dialogue between President Donald Trump, United States and Kim Jong Un, North Korea, it appears that Mr. Trump is without qualms in creating war rather than coherent dialog!

 

It is to be noted that not a child of the president or congressional members will serve in battle!  Meanwhile those who sacrifice their precious children will them lose to war – The President’s Provoked War! 

 

President and Congress of these Not So United States … shall have to answer to a higher power for the insanities that are presently seeking to form under the cloak of political darkness.

 

I ‘respectfully’ serve spiritual notice to the entire Congressional-body that youth nor elders are yours … their humanities belong to God!

 

Honorable Servants of the People who sit in leadership, I beg-of-you to bow your knees to whomever your immortal is and query if decisions to include innocent youth into a game-of-war is righteous!  I plead that the ‘God of Creation’ will open understandings and that all concerned will not mishandle citizens for selfish anxieties.

 

Politicians who Shepard God’s flock Shall answer for contrived acts against the ‘Nonviolent and Peaceable God’ of the Heavens and Earth.

 

 

 

It’s Apparent President Donald John Trump has Consuming Malice Regarding Former President Barack Obama!

Posted by Admin On March - 31 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

By Rev. Dr. Harold E. Bailey

Founder & CEO, Probation Challenge & the PCC Network

“It’s apparent President Donald John Trump has consuming malice regarding former President Barack Obama! Also, noted are President Trumps malicious behaviors causing spiritual conflicts coupled with extremist rebellion around the world. Sources of faith based communities believe President Donald Trump’s conduct to be demonic with criminal intent.”

It’s quite evident that there is a personal vindictiveness going on with the United States President Donald John Trump! There’s something apparently deviously troubling this autocrat as it relates to former President Barack Obama, and if Mr. Trump is not careful his compulsion to destroy others will eventually swallow him up in pride! And, pride comes before the fall!

President Barack Obama and his family proceeds gracefully into the sun-set of their lives not looking back at the White House where he governed without a hint of a scandal! However, on the slippery-slop of reality, massive day-to-day scandals continue surfacing with Mr. Trump and a dubious administration!

While in the mist of Trump’s false accusations and biased name calling, president Obama progresses onward without casting any aspersions!

Trump has suffered administrative failures one-after-another, yet continues to point blames at others, while continuing to place at the top of his agenda – an assignment to devour President Obama. Is it simply because the revered President Obama, was president for not a select body of individuals but governed thoroughly for all the people!

On the flipside of this reality show presentation, Donald Trump sources have stated that he behavior’s as an individual who is with a demonic spirit. This new way of the president’s doing things are unbecoming a leader of the free-world.

In the U.S. history, various personalities from around the world have always watched America with an admiration – wanting to follow in the foot-steps of these United States and its principles. The U.S. then represented honesty and values coupled with respectable leadership – others sought to emulate us! Now, What Has Now Taken the Place of Trust and Honesty?

Mr. Donald Trump for the first time in the history of this country has desecrated the memory of those who fought in all wars for freedom and the dignity and safety of this county. Those admiring us came from distant lands to these native shores based on a thing called love. However, Mr. Trump playing god, has with distant lifted his arrogant voice of authority to declare as to who can and cannot visit these shores. Ah, but God has a master plan for this gentleman!

I’ve lived long enough to deem Mr. Trump’s behavior as the works of a racist! Or, could it be the actions of a bigot who has little else to think of while he’s temporary sitting on the seat of authority… knowing spiritually, it is merely a matter of time!

Well, in the scriptures it is stated that Lucifer is going to and through the earth seeking who he can devour … devour especially those who have lived in the likeness of Christ, knowing the disciples of Christ would have an impact on those desiring to do good.

It’s rather difficult to conceive how tons of bible reading, church-believers have been taken- in by the world’s offering of those bearing: deceit, hate, confusion, and only come to; rob, steal and will destroy! These negative along with other offerings are brought to the people in pretends of peace on the lips … but not in the heart! This spirit which comes to deceive is real and will fool the very elect – if possible!

A former politician who many say represents yet another with an evil-spirt – speaks of WAR! The scriptures speak of many Anti-Christ (s) but in the latter days there would be a strong one, and would be a deceiver!

The Holy Scriptures tell us that there will be many embodied spirits of Anti-Christs, dwelling among us, however do we yet see that one (1) Anti-Christ who’s seeking to rule with great power? This one (1) is Promised to Be a Liar and Dangerous!

It’s advised that the people of God, read the scriptures and note if this spirit of dissention and confusion be of God!

God is not the author of confusion! Lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge God and He shall direct your path.

 

For more information, contact: Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge

Chicago: Telephone: 773.978.3706.

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Contact: WWW.MRHEB@aol.com

 

 

 

 

Time to Shine a Light on Perpetrators of Ugly Political Climate

Posted by Admin On March - 29 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

OpEd By Barrington Salmon
As the legal battle continues over President Trump’s executive order barring citizens of certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, his allies on the far right have become increasingly emboldened about driving their insensitive and some say “bigoted” agenda.

It is a situation that poses a threat to communities of color around the country – as well as a stark reminder of the work we must continue to do to fight against discrimination, no matter how or where it rears its head.

We can start by shining a light on a loose network of individuals and groups reportedly responsible for the ugly political climate that has enabled President Trump to target people with a wholly un-American policy that amounts to a ban on Muslims.

Case in point: the LA Times and NewsOne have both reported regarding the work of a North Carolina non-profit, Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) that casts itself as a “catalyst for charitable good” that is “dedicated to the collective strength of communities.” But that is not the whole story behind the Foundation for the Carolinas. What the group conveniently neglects is that it has also been the source of an alarming amount of funding for this network of hate.

According to the LA Times, the foundation has quietly become one of the top supporters of the groups fueling the acrimonious and dangerous debate playing out nationally over immigration policy. Over the last decade, the foundation has spent a staggering $20 million to fund this network of extreme anti-immigration groups, according to its tax records. For example, just in 2015, Numbers USA, a nonprofit that seeks to reduce U.S. immigration levels, received $3 million from the Foundation.

The foundation’s activities dovetail with the far right anti-immigration agenda of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and senior presidential advisor Steve Bannon. They have already put in motion a plan to help Trump significantly lower the number of immigrants coming to the U.S.

We see daily the impact of the rhetoric these groups employ. These groups divide, rather than unite, us. The values they champion are at odds with the principles and ideals that have made our nation a place where people of different colors, nationalities and creeds coexist.

Now that there has been news of the FFTC’s work to support the sponsors of hate, the FFTC has sought to distance itself from these donations.  We all know the importance of money to drive these efforts.  It’s time that the FFTC put its money where its mouth is and work to leverage the collective strength of our communities rather than sow division.   

I urge you to take a few minutes and read these stories and join the effort to stop forces of discrimination that FFTC is helping unleash.  Consider calling  the Foundation for the Carolinas, attending their annual meeting  later today in Charlotte or reaching out to one of these corporate sponsors and tell them to stop supporting an organization that sponsors hate. 

As these dark forces continue to drive their agenda with the support of a sympathetic Administration in Washington, our voices and work are critical.

Barrington Salmon is a freelance journalist, specializing in political and immigration policy issues pertaining to people of color. He has published in USA Today, Voice of America, the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the Trice Edney News Wire.

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