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This Weekend: Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Program for young men hosted by Chicago State University, 9501 South King Drive.  The event is today, Friday November 16 through Sunday November 18, 2012.

Steve, Chicago State University (CSU) and the Harvey Mentors will be giving wisdom tools to 100 young men ages 13-18 who are from single mother homes.  Steve chose this segment of the population because they are the most at risk and often the ones without a positive male roll model in their lives.

The young mentees of the Steve Harvey Mentor Program will speak and work with the CSU professors and have access to the African American Male resource center.  According to the last U.S. Census 40% of Americans are youths currently under the age of 17.  Of the percentage that are African American males, 47% will not graduate from high school on time.  What even more astounding is 1,000 African American teens are arrested daily.  57% are raised in fatherless homes. 

The highest grossing reason for loss of life is not violence, its ignorance.  Ignorance because the major cause of death among African Americans is HIV/AIDS.  Far too many do not know or have access to proper protection or are afraid to get tested. 

The Steve and Marjorie Foundation mission is to focus on the whole child to make sure their whole developmental needs are met.  They young men learn from adult men who have been in their place and rose above their circumstances.

The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation also host a program for young girls in which their encourage, inspire and develop the young girls mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  The young girls are equipped with the proper tools to have successful personal and professional lives.  They are exposed to vibrant women who understand and have broken ground in areas of leadership once closed or narrow for women. 

The girls program events are separate from the boys events.  Both are vital to the success of African American youth.  The Steve and Marjorie Foundation is sowing much needed seeds of inspiration into the youth.

Chicago State University was founded in 1867 with 62 students in its
first year. Today CSU is nationally-accredited university with five colleges- Health
Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy – offering 36
undergraduate and 25 graduate degree, continuing education and distance learning programs.  Far too many to list Check out CSU.

Steve and Marjorie are also hosting a turkey-give-away on Saturday November 17, 2012.  Distributing 1,000 turkeys to the community at CSU stadium 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Paul Hieser performs at Daniels’s Den Saturday November 17, 2012, doing a 45 minute set 6:00pm to 6:45pm,

The Faceless band performs at 7:00-7:45pm 

Soldiers of the Cross 9:00-9:45 pm

Daniel’s Den is located at 115 E. South St. (Rt. 34)  Plano, IL 60545, inside of On the Wings of a Prayer Christian bookstore.


What a great way to start the holiday this weekend by taking the family to see “A Christmas Carol"  at the Goodman Theatre, November 17-December 29, 2012, Tickets $23-50 – $61.00 for mezzanine or main floor.

Charles Dickens play "A Christmas Carol” has been performed at the Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre for the last 35 years.  Each year the modern technology finds its way to the stage of this play while maintaining the integrity of the story and period of the piece.  It is a two hour play but according to audiences, time flies by.  The mark of a good performance, your watch stays in your pocket or under your sleeves.

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Chicago Holiday festivities kicks off this weekend!

Magnificent Mile Festival of Lights this weekend.  Music, over a million lights hung on trees, display of Christmas and holiday decor along Michigan avenue.

The tree lighting Tuesday November 20, 2012, Free event in the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, Illinois

This weekend’s favored fighter Andrzej Fonfaro gives interview on the upcoming fight. Fonfaro says that his fight July 2012 against 43 year Glen Johnson who has a record of 35 knockouts prepared him for his upcoming fight with Tommy Karpency.  Tommy is 26 years of age.  To the winner goes the victory with good sportsmanship.  Chicago is known for good sportsmanship. 

This weekend the International Boxing Organization, IBO, World Light Heavyweight event , ANDRZEJ FONFARA (POLAND) VS. TOMMY KARPENCY (U.S.)  is in Chicago, Illinos at the UIC Pavillion 525 S. Racine Chicago IL, 60607 .

Tommy Karpency, Fedecentro Title, 21 wins 2 losses of which 14 knock outs in the last 12 months.  Tommy demonstrates his fighting techniques in you tube video.

Andrzej Fonfara,USBO Title, IBO ranking number 16, 22 wins, 2 losses of which 11 are knock-outs in last 12 months.

Tickets $41.52-$113.98 at Ticketmaster

Presidential Debate Obama vs Romney

                                                                                                            

Well, make some noise why don’t you.  First, this is the first time since 1992 that a woman was selected to moderate a presidential debate.  In 1992 it was Carole Simpson.  October 16, 2012 it was Candy Crowley from the CNN State of the Union. 

The last presidential debate America shouted in protest because it felt President Obama was not aggressive.  This time President Obama shined answering the questions based on facts and not theory.  The President spoke on crime and talked about the crime in Chicago and how education could combat crime.  Educating individuals has proven to be an excellent way of slicing through crime.  If a man can put food on the table for his family he is less likely to commit violent and non-violent crimes to put food on the table for his family.

                                  

It is interesting that Former Governor Romney said he cares for all Americans.  There is an audio recording of Romney making statements to the contrary.  It is difficult to understand how Romney cares for all of America.  Repeatedly, ads from the Republican party has been running throughout the Chicago area stating if Americans want birth control then they should basically buy it themselves.  They are many people who are employed but with rent, food and childcare can not afford to pay for contraception, get cancer screenings, etc.

Romney said the way he would handle the issue on immigration is to not give immigrants benefits or driver’s licenses and let them choose to stay in America or find some place else to go.   Then he said his family is a product of immigrants.  How can you not have compassion for immigrants when you are one and two generations from not even being an American? Romney wanted to know how much of the oil lease drilling permits were cut and answered his own question stating leasing has been cut 14%.

                                   

President Obama will be in Chicago on October 25, 2012 to cast his vote for the Presidential election.  President Obama is seeking re-election so that he can set in place growth beyond his term in office.  By training Americans for the high tech jobs  already available but not filled because of the skills to do the job is lacking.  President Obama said jobs in manufacturing is an excellent area to begin training Americans.  Training America in the technology to build the iPhones, iPads and advanced technologies is what President Obama is focused.  President says in order to do this access to higher education must be made available.

Also, Obama said public lands has been opened up to drill for oil.  American is working to produce clean energy so as not to harm our land and air.

Now Romney said that while Governor of Massachusetts he implemented a four year scholarship to students in the top 10-15 % to attend college.  That is great.  But what does the other 85% do? 

America is the land of the beautiful and a people who are smart enough to make informed decisions.  There is one more Presidential debate in Florida October 22, 2012,Moderator: Bob Schieffer,Host of Face the Nation on CBS, 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Plymouth Beach, Massachusetts is flooding as of less than an hour ago, 11/12/2012.

Last severe alert for area was November 7, 2012 at 10:35p.m.

Storm Sandy: How to help East Coast from anywhere

It is very difficult to watch our fellow Americans on the East Coast struggling to cope with the after effects of Storm Sandy.  The good thing is United States President Barack Obama and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo are working together to get clean water, food and medical care to all those effected on the east coast.  Americans all over the world are asking what can they do from so far away.

The New York State website gives the following information which you can post on your social media pages for your friends, family and anyone along the east coast.   To get updates and safety tips use #Samdy or #SandySafety or @NyGovCuomo.  Refer people to the New York State Website.  You can make a donation to the Red Cross or give blood.

For anyone applying to FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, for help please understand that there is never a fee to apply for aid or to receive aid.  There is no fee for assessments from the U.S. Small Business Administration for property inspection.  All FEMA workers will provide identification and will not ask for any fee or payment ever.  You can never pay a fee to get ahead on the list for help so be aware of middlemen promising to help you for an upfront or back-end fee.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has extended the expiration date of November 13, 2012 to November 14, 2012 for all licenses, identification cards, permits and vehicle registrations.  All items that expire at the end of November do not have an extension at this time.  If you have a court date you will receive an update via mail or you can check the website for the new court date.

For Food Stamp recipients who lost food due to Storm Sandy notification to your local or open office is required no later than November 28, 2012 and the form to replace food stamps SNAP benefits to repurchase food lost must be completely filled out and signed by December 10, 2012 and returned.  To find a local open Pubic Aide office call 1-800-342-3009. 

For anyone on unemployment the November 3, 2012 claim file date is extended to November 10, 2012.  Call 1-888-209-8124 to speak to a person to file claim and get benefits for the prior week.

Politicians, “Do not cut my Social Security”

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Today Senior citizens Ava Clarke, Bobbie Cannon, Mary Pryor and retired Nurse Deloris Hicks, dubbed, the Golden Girls by Nurse Hicks’ children  stood in front of the Aurora, Illinois Social Security Administration to protest the cutting of Social Security Benefits.
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Ken Christy, Mark Leasure, Ken Krantz and Mark Gately, who call themselves the Crew also picketed and gave interviews encouraging passerby’s to honk in agreement.
The security guard at the Social Security Administration, 1325 Lake Street said he had to ask the group to leave the Federal property site because the group did not have a permit and suggested the media and the picketers contact the main office of the Social Security Administration.

The seniors and their supporters want to say to President Obama, House speaker John Boehner, and all elected officials “ do not cut social security.  The Crew are concerned that nothing will get done because of a ‘Lame Duck’ session in which politicians do not want to cross party lines to work together for the common good of the people who elected them into office.  Lame Duck sessions are politicians who ban together to pout like infants refusing to get any work done because they want it all their way or the highway.

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One senior’s story truly stood out.  Rochelle Parker,a  2008 retired Chicago Police Finger Print Technician civilian, said that if she did not have Medicare the 10 plus medications she takes to stay healthy would cost her $150-$300 per prescription monthly instead of the $1-$56 per prescription monthly. 

Ms. Parker also shared that she lives in senior housing and if Social Security is cut then her rent payment would increase as well making it difficult for her to pay rent and pay for her medications.  Ms. Parker’s companion Emily Stuart of the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans says her organization is working diligently to get Illinois for Rx reinstated, which helps with the cost of prescriptions.

Obama and Social Security Benefits
The White House website states President Obama’s position on the preservation of Social security benefits is “ all seniors should be able to retire with dignity, not just a privileged few.  And, he believes that all Americans deserve to know that, if they become disabled or if they lose the breadwinner in the family, Social Security will be there to protect them “
54 million Americans receive social security benefits and of that number 38 million are retirees, 10 million are receiving benefits due to disability and 6 million receive survivorship benefits.  For Seniors over 65 years of age and older, social security is 50% of their lifetime income and/or survivor benefits.  This is more prominent for women.

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President Obama says social security benefits will not be put into the hands of private corporations whose goal is to issue make it based on the stock market.
Obama states the best way to protect social security now,  is to allow the 75 million Americans who will more than likely be the ones applying for social security in 30-40 years the ability to invest in an automatic enrollment 401(k) retirement fund via their employers like the other 50% of the country.  This process is to reduce the stress on social security distribution of benefits and improve the quality of living for future senior citizens and current seniors.

Alternative Solution for Protestors
In 2011 the “We the People” White House web page  was updated.  It allows individuals to create petitions to address issues of concern.  If the petition gets 150 signatures in 30 days it becomes searchable on the website and moves to the second stage of the petition process for review by the White House.  The second stage requires 25,000 signatures to move to the third stage which moves the petition to the appropriate department within the White house and receives a written response. 

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