Today embarks the beginning of a new dawn for Black America. As we begin this experience, a new hope and fervency is born within the lives of our people. The time has now come for change—and with that change, comes the need to coalesce around a common agenda through a genuine desire and understanding of our commonality as people of African descent. Thus, the Coalition of Black Community Organizations (CBCO) was established.
The CBCO began this process with these goals:
1 To identify issues/positions important to our community;
2. To have the candidates take a position on said issues;
3. Educate our community on candidate positions and provide the community with a means (tools) to assess candidates;
4. Begin to establish the infrastructure required to move our agenda forward on a continuous basis;
5. Build trust across our diverse community in order for us to work together on the items that we agree upon, and in the best interest of our community and;
6. Achieve legislative and other wins that improve the quality of life for the black community.
We believe that these elements are important in our objective to educate, organize, and mobilize. Through utilizing this municipal questionnaire, our community can take ownership in addressing our issues and hold elected officials accountable in the process.
NBAC is grateful to be a member of the CBCO and applauds this effort to bring about substantive change for our community and encourages the further usage of this document for political and social engagement.
Dr. Gale B. Frazier, Chairman
National Black Agenda Consortium Chicago
Hello Representative Welch,
My name is Syron Smith and I am writing you regarding HB2265, please do not support anything that increases any incarceration, we have to invest more in prevention and resources and less in enforcement. Illinois prison system has over 64% African Americans locked up, are you okay with that?
[Note:] Thomas Prison was sold to the federal government after the people of Pontiac did not want to lose 570 jobs in their town so they fought against closing it and won on March 2009.
National Block Club University is a 5,870 position network, designed to combat violence across 167 of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods using $1.00 a month to accomplish it.
Peter came up to the Lord and asked, “How many times should I forgive someone who does somethimg wrong to me? Is seven times enough?” Jesus answered, “Not just seven times, but seventy times seven times!”
– Matthew 18: 21-22
After months of emails, in district meetings, and a massive action by 500 people in Springfield on Tuesday for Day of Faith at the Capitol, on Friday, the Illinois House of Representatives passed HB3061, the Illinois Sealing Bill, by a bi-partisan vote of 65-35. 16 Republicans joined 49 Democrats to pass this vital bill, which would expand sealing of records for people with low-level, non-violent felony convictions. Congratulations on your fantastic work to get us this far! And congratulations to Representative LaShawn Ford and all the organizations, including the Shriver Center, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Heartland Alliance, SAFER Foundation, and Chicago Jobs Council, who worked to make this victory possible.
But now the fight heads to the Illinois State Senate. Urge your Illinois State Senator to support and co-sponsor HB 3061, the Illinois Sealing Bill to expand opportunities for employment, housing and education for people with low-level, non-violent felony records.
To secure the necessary votes, a compromise was reached between the bill’s sponsor and Republican leadership, which resulted in an amendment that removed the three Class 2 felony charges from the bill. However, the bill still expands sealing from only three Class 4 charges, to fifteen Class 4 and 3 charges including theft, retail theft, deceptive practices, possession of burglary tools, and possession with intent. This expansion would give thousands of our brothers and sisters a chance for a fresh start.
Community Renewal Society’s advocacy for the Sealing Bill has been led by the FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality) Project. This initiative is led by people with records, organizing to change the systems that keep them and their families in bondage, even after they are released. FORCE leaders have been travelling to Springfield to share their testimony with members of the Illinois General Assembly, ensuring that these crucial stories shape the discussion regarding the Illinois Sealing Bill. In the coming weeks, we will be heading back to Springfield with a small delegation of FORCE leaders to move the Senate to follow the House’s lead.
But FORCE can’t do it alone. FORCE leaders need you to email your State Senator now and tell them to support HB3061. And we need you to sponsor a FORCE leader to travel to Springfield. A trip costs about $50 per leader.
Email your Senator! Take action now!
Thank you again, for your work to move this crucial legislation forward. Together, we will keep moving forward to build a more just state for all people.
Note to marketers: Television advertising is not postracial.
That’s the message that a newly formed consortium of the country’s largest African-American media outlets wants to send to marketers, who have largely shunned black media in favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monday, BET Networks, Black Enterprise, Johnson Publishing (the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines), the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and others will join with media-buying agencies to introduce a campaign intended to educate advertisers about the importance of black media and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience. See full article here.
(The Root) — President Barack Obama has been a target of endless criticism since taking office, most notably from conservative corners, as well as from some blatant racists. But despite the nearly universal support he enjoyed among African Americans in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, some of his most impassioned critics have come from within the black community, and some of their most passionate criticism has focused on the concern that the first black president has not focused on addressing issues of particular importance to the black community or on successfully tackling a black agenda. The Congressional Black Caucus was especially critical of the Obama administration’s silence on black unemployment, for instance. See article here.
At present, nothing stands in the way of the militarization and occupation of Africa by the United States and its junior imperialist partners. Every global and multinational organization of any consequence on the continent has been suborned to the service of the neocolonial military project. AFRICOM, the United States Military Command in Africa, has become the headquarters of recolonization, augmented by the militaries of NATO and legitimized by the African Union, itself, and the global credentials of the United Nations.
One of the more interesting aspects of the current Presidential primary season is the renewed discussion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Implemented January 1, 1994, and by no coincidence sparking the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico, NAFTA was a major step in the economic integration of the USA, Canada andMexico under the domination of the USA. See the full article here.
Republicans in seven of the ten states in the country with the highest percentage of African-Americans have declared they won’t participate in the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act, potentially denying tens of thousands of blacks health insurance.
As originally written, “Obamacare” required states to expand Medicaid next year to all nearly all residents whose income is below $16,000 ($32,000 for a family of four), with the federal government footing almost all of the bill. But the Supreme Court ruled last year that states could choose not to participate in the expansion, resulting in a predictable partisan divide in which states run by Republicans have generally opposed the new Medicaid funding while those controlled by Democrats support it. For the complete article: Why thousands of African-Americans may not benefit from Obamacare | theGrio.