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Jail Inmates Receive Messages of Love And Hope On Christmas Day

“We came to get you out of here,” Rev. Jackson told the assembly of nearly 500 tan and blue jailhouse uniform clad Cook County Jail Inmates. “Repeat after me: ‘I Don’t Belong Here!’” A chorus of male and female voices responded “I Don’t Belong Here!” The thunderous applause and hopeful smiles indicated  that already hearts had been uplifted by this Christmas Day visit from members the Rainbow PUSH Coalition ...

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CHICAGOLAND MCDONALD’S OWNERS HOST TOY GIVEAWAY FOR CITY YOUTH

Tuesday, December 16the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicago and Northwest Indiana (BMOA) brought  some cheer to the holiday season by hosting a holiday party and toy giveaway at the McDonald’s restaurant located 3200 W. Roosevelt on the city’s west side. McDonald’s owner operator Ron Lofton served as host of the event that donated toys and winter wear items (hats, gloves, scarves) to more than ...

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Family Plans Funeral Instead of Birthday Celebration

By Charles Roughy Staff Writer Demario Bailey  Instead of celebrating a birthday, the Bailey Family will be planning the funeral of yet another young black man murdered in the streets of Chicago. As of Tuesday, four suspects have been charged in the senseless murder of 15-year-old Demario Bailey. Demario was killed while protecting his twin brother  Demacio from attackers under a dark viaduct at 63rd and so ...

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Feds Seeking Expanded Education for Incarcerated Youth

By George Curry NNPA Columnist                 Atty. General Eric Holder seeks better educational opportunities for impriosoned juveniles.   In an effort to provide sufficient educational opportunities for incarcerated youth,  the Department of Justice and the Department of Education have released a joint corrections guidance for state educational agencies, a move exp ...

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E for Effort

By James Washington Special to The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly   E for Effort Have you ever been too embarrassed to pray, too afraid or really just too ashamed? Maybe you were afraid, or perhaps just feeling a little guilty. Because we claim to know Jesus, it is during very difficult times, that to kneel down before the Lord, (especially after you’ve done exactly that thing which represents the absolut ...

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A Criminal Justice System that Suffocates Us

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   “I can’t breathe,” gasped Eric Garner, again and again and again.  “I can’t breathe,” he said as several police officers were on top of him, choking him, pushing his head onto the concrete sidewalk.  The man was not resisting arrest; he simply had the temerity to ask a police officer not to touch him.  And because he was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, the life ...

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So you’re Pregnant… Now What? (Tips from a Teen Mom)

                            Keiara Peeple is a 19 year old high school senior at Ombudsman Chicago’s West Side Options School.     I was 16 years old in 2012 when I found out I was pregnant. I had just moved across the country to live with my mother and had been feeling under the weather for a few weeks – hot, dizzy and nauseous. My ...

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PASTOR IRA ACREE, CONGREGATION HOLD SPECIAL PRAYER SERVICE AND PEACEFUL PROTEST

              Rev. Acree and congregation stand in front of Greater St. John Bible Church to protest against the injustice of blacks. Photo by John Alexander Anti-violence activist Rev. Ira Acree and the Greater St. John Bible Church are gearing up to express their support and solidarity for the grieving families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown by holding a special prayer ...

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‘Friends’ Desert Bill Cosby when he Needs them Most

  “Hey, hey, hey (in my best Fat Albert’s voice), please listen to what I have to say. My friend Bill Cosby is in trouble today.” Even Fat Albert knows Bill Cosby is getting a raw deal. As a public relations/crisis management professional. I have worked with some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, and business. So, let’s deconstruct this media frenzy engulfing the man who was once America’s ...

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10th annual tree lighting celebration

Austin Chamber of Commerce and the 15th District Chicago Police Department held the 10th Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting celebration Thursday, December 4, 2014. The parade kicked off at Madison and Cicero and ended at 5700 W. Madison the 15th District Police Station. The theme this year was “The Ball is in Your Court to Make Your Community Great!               ...

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