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Monday, February 13, 2012

Letters of Note: To My Old Master

Letters of Note: To My Old Master:

In August of 1865, a Colonel P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee, wrote to his former slave, Jourdon Anderson, and requested that he come back to workon his farm. Jourdon — who, since being emancipated, had moved to Ohio, found paid work, and was now supporting his family — responded spectacularly by way of the letter seen below (a letter which, according tonewspapers at the time, he dictated).

Letter of Ex-Slave to Former Master (R R)

                                            Letter of Ex-Slave to Former Master

Why Obama’s budget is smart politics - The Washington Post

Why Obama’s budget is smart politics - The Washington Post:

President Obama released a $3.8 trillion budget this morning that includes tax increases, continued infrastructure spending aimed at getting the country out of the economic crisis, and less debt reduction than Obama had previously promised.

Cops say Whitney Houston found underwater; funeral to be in NJ

Cops say Whitney Houston found underwater; funeral to be in NJ

Alert - Support Restoration of MGT in Illinois

Support Restoration of Meritorious Good Time in Illinois

Before Illinois' meritorious good time (MGT) program was suspended in 2010, individuals serving time in Illinois prisons for non-violent offenses could have up to 180 days of incarceration deducted as a reward for good behavior. MGT was halted when it became clear that some individuals were being released before they had spent sufficient time in IDOC. This issue has since been resolved, and Illinois law now requires inmates to serve at least 60 days in prison before they can receive any good time credit.

Since MGT was suspended, Illinois has increased its prison population by 4,000. At a time when other states are successfully and responsibly reducing their prison populations, Illinois currently houses a record-high 49,000 people in state prisons. Medium and minimum-security facilities, which primarily hold low-level, non-violent offenders, face the most severe crowding. These conditions impede rehabilitation efforts and create dangerous environments for both staff and inmates. MGT is widely recognized as a necessary corrections management tool; it is supported by research as an effective incentive for good behavior. The current situation of incarcerating more people for longer periods of time is extremely expensive to Illinois taxpayers. As Illinois is facing historic budget shortfalls, the reinstatement of MGT would help save scarce public dollars.


If you would like to add your voice to the growing numbers advocating the program's responsible reinstitution, click here for a letter you can personalize and mail to Governor Quinn.
For more information on criminal justice issues and opportunities, and how you can get involved, visit illinoiscriminaljustice.org

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Teens charged with sex abuse at Lincoln Park HS | VIDEO
Three teens allegedly forced a female student to perform a sex act inside a North Side high school.

2 shot at Markham nightclub | VIDEO
Two people were shot early Monday during a fight at a south suburban nightclub, police said.
Chicagoans mourn Whitney Houston | VIDEO
In Chicago and around the world, fans are remembering pop superstar Whitney Houston, who died Saturday at the age of 48.
3 rob Mag Mile jewelry store
Chicago police are searching for three suspects they say robbed the Omega jewelry store in the 900-block of North Michigan Avenue Monday morning.
South Side residents warned about carjackings
Chicago police are warning South Side residents about a series of carjackings by people pretending they want to buy vehicles for sale.
Trial of Midwest militia members begins
Seven members of a Midwest militia stood trial Monday on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, their fates put in the hands of a jury that must decide whether federal authorities prevented an attack by homegrown terrorists or whether they made too much of weekend warriors' boasts to "take our nation back."


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Monday's Daily Brief

Details Emerge In Whitney Houston's Death
Monday, February 13, 2012
Obama Sending Ambitious Plan To Congress
Adele Wins Album Of The Year
Bomb Attacks Target Israeli Diplomats In India, Georgia
Mystery Disease Kills Thousands
Greek Protests Continue As Lawmakers Debate Severe Austerity Measures
Jamie Lee Curtis: Blame It On The Fame Game?
It is not fame's fault. It is no one's fault. Do you blame cancer on fame? Do you blame diabetes on fame? It is a disease and like cancer, diabetes and depression, it is everywhere. Alcoholism and addiction is ever present and it wants you dead.
Jared Bernstein: The 2012 Question
People like those in Sunday's New York TImes piece struggle with what to them seems like a contradiction: they want to think of themselves as self-sufficient and independent, yet when pushed, most recognize that they need the help.
Roma Downey: A Parenting Mantra: Need Teaches A Plan
But if parenthood has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that there is no such thing as "perfect" -- but that you always have to make "perfect" your goal.
Orlando Jones: I Will Always Love You
Like everyone else, I've heard a lot of crazy stories about Whitney. The Whitney Houston I met treated me with nothing but warmth and affection. Whitney, I really will miss you.
Richard Komaiko: February: Most Active Month for Divorce
The month of February is often associated with romance and valentines, but ironically, it is also the most active month for divorce.

Young Men Can See Red Tails Free/Race Still Matters/Omaha To Broadcast Mentoring Segments Across The United States/Join "Hidden Colors" Multi-City Marathon

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Young Black Men and Boys Can See Red Tails Free!!! 
In Honor of Black Male Achievement Mentoring Month 2012, Join The Black Star Project for a Showing of
Red Tails
Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:00 am
(Public school holiday - please arrive by 9:45 am)
Chatham ICE Cinema
210 West 87th Stret
Chicago, Illinois
All young men and boys (Black, Latino, White, Asian or Native American) between 8 and 25 years old will be admitted free.
Cost for others - $7.00 each
EVERYONE MUST RSVP for this film by calling 773.285.9600. 
Limited seating!!!  Parental guidance suggested!
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Race still matters, nonprofit leader says

February 8, 2012
Race still colors everything, according to one of the most powerful women in the nation's nonprofits.  From disproportionate numbers of minorities incarcerated, to their high rates of unemployment, infant mortality and chronic diseases, America's deep-rooted racism is to blame, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's vice president for program strategy, Dr. Gail Christopher, declared in a keynote address at the Ritz-Carlton Tuesday night.
Omaha to Broadcast Segments on Black Male Mentoring from Across The United States
1690am 'The One' will conduct "Live call in Radio Interviews" with every city that's participating in the The Black Male Achievement Mentoring Initiative. Starting, Jan. 31, 2012 until Feb. 28, 2012 cities can schedule a 15-30 minute 'Live Interview' to highlight your community mentoring initiatives. Please schedule by calling 1690am 'The One' owner, William King at 402-714-6482.
To hear your City interview Click on the links below to download our Free Radio App Today or Search:1690am

National "Hidden Colors" viewing marathon proposed by Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Forum

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, representatives from four Milwaukee Black owned centers met at the Coffee Makes U Black restaurant to plan an area marathon showing of the DVD "Hidden Colors:  The untold Story of People of Aboriginal, Moor and African Descent."
School psychologist speaks to realities of growing up Black and male in America
Nationally certified school psychologist, kinsmen to abolitionist Frederick Douglas and a presenter in the renowned and widely acclaimed DVD "Hidden Colors," Dr. Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson was jointly interviewed Thursday January 26, 2012 by Taki Raton and and First Work multimedia producer Warren Muhammad of the Final Call Newspaper. 
The New Jim Crow Is An Instant American Classic
 "Much like a great explorer, Michelle Alexander has discovered another America-a bizarro world where prejudice and discrimination have replaced truth and justice. An America that is as intent on destroying young Black men as it is at proclaiming its passion for freedom and fairness. Even some of the most conscious and best-intentioned Americans can't see The New Jim Crow and their roles in supporting it.  Michelle Alexander holds a mirror up to America and reveals a monster!
Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project
Campaign for Black Male Achievement Impact Index
This report provides a summary of the accomplishments of the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement since its inception in 2008. It contains the rationale for developing the campaign, a breakdown of its grantmaking goals and strategies, various collaborations that have been created, and descriptions of grantees in each key strategy area. The result is a publication that targets a variety of networks including funding partners, with the hope of leveraging more money to the black male achievement field.

Males a distinct minority at HBCUs

February 8, 2012
By Ernie Suggs, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It is not hard for Rodney Perry to stand out on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.  Impeccably dressed in all black and a crisp white shirt, he brushes back his shoulder-length dreadlocks as he mingles and laughs with fellow students on a recent freezing Wednesday morning.
A freshman class president straight out of central casting, Perry is part of a harder-to-find breed on college campuses - particularly historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) - a man.

Has The Religious Right Saved Obama?

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The Big Story, By Joe Conason
What is most striking about the showdown over contraceptive freedom is not the political victory that President Obama earned by standing up for women's reproductive rights, although his Republican adversaries are certainly helping him make the most of it. Those adversaries don't seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

While the Catholic bishops and their allies on the religious right insist that this is an argument over the First Amendment, their true and longstanding purpose now stands revealed. They would begin by imposing their dogma on every woman unlucky enough to work for an employer who shares it -- an agenda that is deeply unpopular even among the Catholic faithful. READ MORE
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Featured Column: E.J. Dionne
Liberal Catholics were proud to stand with conservatives in defending the church's religious liberty rights in carrying out its social and charitable mission. Now, we'd ask conservatives to consider that what makes the Gospel so compelling -- especially for the young, many of whom are leaving the church -- is the central role it assigns to our responsibilities to act on behalf of the needy, the left-out and the abandoned. READ MORE
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Featured Column: Leonard Pitts Jr.
We've seen this movie before. In 2008, candidate Obama broke a promise to use public campaign financing, thereby gaining a tactical advantage at the expense of betraying his professed principles. Of course, politics is hell on principles, so one can hardly be surprised at his decision now to embrace a Super PAC set up on his behalf. Disappointed, but not surprised. READ MORE
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Budget Time
The new budget that President Barack Obama is sending to Congress aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by restraining government spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. To help a weak economy, Obama's proposal Monday requests increases in transportation, education and other areas. READ MORE
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Election 2012
Romney's win, combined with his victory in the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Washington hours earlier, helped slow an embarrassing skid that began Tuesday when he lost contests in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado to Rick Santorum. The twin triumphs, combined with a series of targeted attacks on Gingrich and Santorum dampened the perception -- for now -- that conservatives were unwilling to support Romney. READ MORE
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Pop Culture
The singer's body arrived at a Los Angeles morgue early Sunday, hours after the 48-year-old had been found dead in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was preparing for a pre-Grammy gala. Officials did not say when an autopsy would occur, but any cause of death determination will likely be delayed while they await toxicology results. READ MORE
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