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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Media Matters Daily Summary

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Here are today's news items from Media Matters for America, click on the title or 'read more' to read the entirety of each story.
Right-Wing Media Hype Discredited Activist's Latest Bogus Planned Parenthood Attack
Right-wing media are hyping discredited conservative activist Lila Rose's latest Planned Parenthood smear video which purports to implicate the organization in a rampant problem with sex-selective abortion in the United States. But the facts debunk Rose's latest attack on Planned Parenthood, and Rose and her group have repeatedly whittled away any credibility with previous smear campaigns against Planned Parenthood. Read More
Government Employment Drops Under Obama, But Media Run With Romney Myth Anyway
Labor Department statistics say that government employment has decreased by 608,000 since February 2009. Nevertheless, Fox News and Politico both uncritically reported Mitt Romney's false claim that "[w]e have 145,000 more government workers under this president." Read More
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US Expels Syrian Diplomat Over Houla Massacre

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Anti-gang strategy launched after bloody weekend | VIDEO
Following a holiday weekend during which more than 40 people were shot, and at least 10 of those victims died, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced new crime-fighting strategies Tuesday aimed inner-city gangs and problem businesses.

West Chicago woman's death investigated | VIDEO
A death investigation is under way in unincorporated West Chicago after a police officer died following the sound of gunshots at her home Monday around 2:30 p.m.
Boy, 13, shot dead at Uptown pizzeria
A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.
Report: Kirk's ex-wife files finance complaint
Sen. Mark Kirk is reportedly the focus of a campaign finance complaint filed by his ex-wife.
Dog who fell off boat in river found on North Side
The owners of a 5-year-old Pomeranian named ''Tank'' say he fell off a boat near Goose Island on the north branch of the Chicago River Sunday.
Charcoal grill in pickup sparks I-80 fire
A 27-year-old driver from Tennessee said he did not know a grill in the back of his pickup still had hot coals in it when he took off from an Indiana beach Monday.


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'American Grown': Michelle Obama writes book about garden Michelle Obama's book, ''American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,'' focuses on her garden, the kitchen, and her favorite recipes for growing healthy children.

White House corn soup with summer veggies
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Billy goat 'Wrigley' arrives at Friendly Confines After a 2,000-mile journey across America, Wrigley Field has got its goat. Now, can the little guy, named for the ballpark, crack the curse?

Is this billy goat the Cubs' savior?
Cubs fans, goat, to arrive at Wrigley
Fans hope goat walk will break Cubs curse
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Expungement Summit 2012 - Reminder from Safer Foundation

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Public Policy and External Relations
May 29, 2012

What: The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County's Expungement Summit
When: Saturday, June 2, 2012.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
The summit is expected to last until 4:30 p.m.
Where: Apostolic Church of God, 6230 S. Dorchester Ave, Chicago, Illinois
Format: Brief welcome and introduction, followed by break out groups for those eligible for sealing/expungement and for those eligible for clemency.
*    Each eligible person will speak with an attorney and will be assisted in completing petitions to seal and/or expunge their records.
*    The Prisoner Review Board will discuss clemency, with those ineligible for sealing/expungement.
*     Safer will have a staffed table and a break-out room to conduct eligibility screenings for Certificates of Good Conduct and Certificates of Relief from Disabilities.
NOTE: If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Anthony Lowery, Safer's Director of Policy and Advocacy, at 312.454.3379 or anthony.lowery@saferfoundation.org
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: Massacre In Syria, Romney-Trump Tour, New Facebook Buy?, Plus James Franco, Harry Shearer, Greta Van Susteren

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Romney Won't 'Repudiate' Trump
Senior Al Qaeda Leader Killed In Airstrike
Naked Face Eater Identified
Facebook Rumored To Eye Another $1 Billion Buy
MSNBC Host Says He's 'Uncomfortable' Calling Soldiers Killed In Action 'Heroes'
Jared Bernstein: The Political Economy of the Obesity Epidemic
Assuming we someday get back to making useful national policy, personal nutrition is an area where we could make a big positive difference both to people's lives and to society's balance sheet.
James Franco: Don't Bring Your iPad to Once the Musical
The play was in full swing even though the lights weren't down, and most people, including my guest, were unaware of the fight about to break out.
Harry Shearer: Could New York Be Wronger About New Orleans?
Where have all the advertisers gone? In New Orleans, as elsewhere, classified advertising has moved online. That onetime cash cow ain't givin milk no more. But another dominant advertising segment has suffered a different fate.
Greta Van Susteren: Genocide and Starvation in Sudan Is Getting Worse... and There Is Something We Can Do
Our politicians are consumed with the crisis in Syria and the suffering there, but I would like to draw their attention to the crisis in Sudan, too. I know we can't police the world, but there is a simply solution worth exploring.
Menachem Rosensaft: President Obama Is a Friend of Israel
If past is prologue, Americans -- both Jews and non-Jews -- devoted to and concerned about Israel can vote to reelect President Obama in November with an absolutely clear conscience.

United States School System Under Attack; Oakland Black Boys Are Suspended and Absent More; Listen To The Parent Revolution on WVON 1690AM; Bring the Million Father March 2012 to Your City; Join Susan Taylor and the National Cares Mentoring Movement

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The US public school system
is under attack
In Philadelphia, the privatisation of the public school system isn't working - yet the stage is set for even more.
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The public school system in Philadelphia is reported to be on the brink of insolvency. (AP)
By Liza Featherstone
May 25, 2012
New York, NY - The US public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation's elites. Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools - and their governance - to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen. We already know how this story ends.
The situation in Philadelphia, which has received amazingly little attention from the national media in the US, offers a disturbing window onto what the US elite is planning for the rest of our public schools - disturbing because Philadelphia's experience has already demonstrated that turning public education over to private entities will ultimately lead to its destruction.
The fact is Philadelphia is already the most privatised system in the US. In 2001, the state of Pennsylvania took over the city's school system and turned many of its schools over to private operators, even offering up 25 schools to for-profit companies. A study [PDF] by Vaughan Byrnes of Johns Hopkins University showed that, five years into this sweeping overhaul, the schools under private management were academically underperforming the public schools.
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Chronic absence, suspension
derail Oakland black boys
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By Joanna Lin
May 25, 2012
High rates of chronic absence, suspension and poor academic performance signal that more than half of African American male students in the Oakland Unified School District are at risk of dropping out, according to new research..
From kindergarten through 12th grade, researchers found that black boys struggled with regular attendance and suspensions and scoring proficiently on standardized tests or maintaining grades above a C average - warning signs that they might drop out.
In kindergarten and first grade, African American boys in the district were more than four times as likely as their white peers to be chronically absent, the council found.
"Five-year-olds don't miss school without an adult knowing at home," said Hedy Chang, director of Attendance Works, an initiative that seeks to improve student success by reducing chronic absence.
Susan Taylor, the Mother of Mentoring in America, Is Asking You To Be "In" for Our Children. Become a mentor!  
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Why Mentor?
Because this is our state of emergency today:
  • Of all Black fourth-graders, 58% are functionally illiterate.
  • In some cities, 80% of our boys drop out before finishing high school.
  • Every day 1,000 Black children are arrested.
  • 1 in every 8 African American males ages 25-29 is incarcerated.
  • The number one cause of death for our boys is homicide.
If you wish to become a mentor in cities with National Cares Mentoring Movement Circles, Click Here or if you do not have a National Cares Mentoring Movement Circle in your city, Click Here to learn how to start one.
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Use A Library Card and Help Free Hundreds of Thousands of Black Men Incarcerated in America
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Join the movement to stop the American system of The New Jim Crow by checking a book out of your local library or by buying and reading a paperback copy of The New Jim Crow. All high school and college students must read this book!  
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Last year, in 767 cities, more than 1 million fathers took their children to school on the first day.  Parents, educators, faith leaders, elected officials, government agents, community members, business leaders, social service agencies and just plain people made the 2011 Million Father March the most successful ever.
Before school ends this year, please sign up your school, your community and your city for the 2012 Million Father March.  the Million Father March is easy to manage and The Black Star Project will help you all the way.
Please call 773.285.9600 to get more information or to register your city for the 2012 Million Father March.
Please click here to learn about the 2011 Million Father March.
Join Father Michael Pfleger and St. Sabina Church
A Call to Action
National Summit on Black Male Achievement "Toward a Definition of Black Manhood"
Hosted by Third World Press Foundation in conjunction with Kennedy-King College
Friday, June 15, 2012 and Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kennedy-King College
6301 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60621 
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Invited speakers include:
Susan L. Taylor (National CARES Mentoring Movement) * Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., J.D. (Harvard Law School) * Haki Madhubuti, Ph.D. (Founder of Third World Press) * Dr. Carl C. Bell (President/CEO Community Health Council, Inc.) * Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. (Author, Hip-Hop Intellectual) * Useni Eugene Perkins (author, Rites of Passage convener) * Bakari Kitwana (Journalist, Author, Activist, Educator), Dr. Gregory Primus (Orthopedic surgeon, former NFL Player) * Carol D. Lee, Ph.D. (co-founder of Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools, Northwestern University) * Peter St. Jean, Ph.D. * and others.
$45 for general registration
* FREE for Students *
For registration and program information, please call 773-651-0700
For more information contact: BlackMaleAchievementChicago@gmail.com
Join us for a Pre-Summit Reception "An Evening with Charles J. Ogletree, J.D."; Thursday, June 14, 2012, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Chicago South Loop Hotel, 11 West 26th Street, Chicago, IL 60616 - Donation $25
Sponsored by the Open Society Foundations /Campaign for Black Male Achievement with support from the State of Illinois and The Lomax Companies of Pennsylvania 
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Will Globalization Destroy Black America? 
"We Are In Trouble!"
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By Phillip Jackson
The lack of response to globalization by Black America is frightening and troubling. While much of the world has adapted to the new-world economy and new-world standards of existence, most of Black America is still operating much the same way it did in the 1950s and 1960s.
But now, throughout Black communities in America, there is a whisper campaign by Black people who don't know each other and Black people who live in different parts of the country, saying to each other, "We are in trouble!" We know it and the rest of the world knows it! Black America, as we know it, is in danger of not surviving globalization.
Black people in America must immediately disengage from the diversions of mind-deadening entertainment, useless sports, hyper-sexuality, excessive social celebrations, pointless conversations and debates, meaningless media and the civil rights issue de jour approach to managing our problems.
We must focus on the most important issue in our communities - making education the highest priority. We must create a culture of literacy and learning that replaces intellectual apathy and resistance to educational progress. Somehow, we must re-inspire our children to want to learn and to love to learn. But having educated children is not enough. We must have educated families and educated communities. Every Black man, woman and child must become part of this new community of learners.