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US government should consider paying reparations to the
African-American descendants of slaves, a United Nation working group
UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has released
its preliminary recommendations after more than a week of meetings with
black Americans from across the country.
group also recommended establishing a national human rights commission
and publicly acknowledge the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime
Professor Mireille Fanon-Mendes France said the committee were
"extremely concerned about the human rights situation of
She said: "The
colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and
segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a
serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations
and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent."
Click Here to Hear Members of the Welcoming Committee of the People for African Descent in Chicago Discuss the Findings on WVON Radio
Phillip Jackson Testifies to United Nations' Committee
on Education Issues for
People of African Descent
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Hello Madam Chairwoman and Distinguished Committee:
of the highest, most universal freedoms in the world is the freedom to
educate your children to live free. That is a freedom that is
consistently, systematically and viciously denied the parents of
children of African descent in America.
of African descent in America generally attend the worst,
lowest-performing, poorest-functioning schools in America with the most
ill-prepared teachers. Rather than being encouraged towards excellence
and productivity, children of African descent are suspended, expelled
and arrested at schools in astronomical numbers.
And in America, the law says that we MUST
attend these bad schools. In some instances, when parents of African
descent tried to send their children to better schools in other
communities, they were prosecuted and imprisoned for "stealing a good
than children of African descent being prepared to compete with the
best and the brightest children of the world, they received at the very
best, a third-world education, and possibly even worst, a slave's
In Chicago, 2 years ago, only 10% of 8th
grade Black boys read at a proficient level. After two years of
intentional work by the school system here, now it is down from 10% to
7%. In Detroit, the number of Black boys reading proficiently is 3%.
At the rate we are going,with the same intentional teaching processes,
in 6 short years, no Black boys in Chicago or Detroit or Milwaukee or
Minneapolis or St. Louis, and maybe even across America, will be able to
read at a proficient level.
study by the University of Chicago found that with the exact same
resume sent out for job interviews, resumes with Euro sounding names
like Heather and Bradford were called almost immediately for follow-up
interviews, while resumes with African or Africanized sounding names,
like Jamal or Shalisa were thrown in the waste basket. These were the
exact same resumes with the only difference being African or Africanized
sounding names representing people of African descent.
Chicago a few years ago, 50 schools were closed, more than in any of
city in the world at one time. And to show you how dire this situation
is, the school that enrolls more Black students than any other college
in the state of Illinois, this school, Chicago State University, is
threaten to be close in about one month.
Poor education and bad schools = more violence among people of African descent
Poor education and bad schools = more unemployment for people of African descent
Poor education and bad schools = dysfunctional communities for people of African descent
Poor education and bad schools = more incarceration for people of African descent
do we want? One, we want reparations now, including new and
substantial investments in the education of children of African descent.
Two, we want a parallel education system controlled by people of
African descent that is responsible for educating children of African
descent. Three, we want the support of the U.S. and the U.N. to connect
the education of children of African descent to the development
economically of people and communities of African descent around the
Thank you for this time. And safe travels back to your countries.
The Black Star Project's
Daddy Daughter Dance
in Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, February 6, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chicago Lake Shore Hotel
4900 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Final Day to Register - Monday, February 1, 2016
Join us for one of The Black Star Project's
most highly anticipated events of the year! Don't miss the opportunity
to engage in the ultimate bonding experience with your daughter. This
will be an afternoon she will never forget!
All fathers, grandfathers, godfathers,
uncles, cousins, and other male role caregivers are encouraged to
chaperone their favorite young ladies ages 4-14 to our Daddy Daughter
This event will include:
Music and a DJ
Lots of dancing!
$35.00 per couple
$10.00 per additional girl
$15.00 per additional adult.
Click Here to Register for the Dance or call 773.285.9600 for more information.
Click Here to Bring a Daddy Daughter Dance to Your Community or City.
Click Here to Listen to Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross
Click Here to Listen to Unforgettable by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
Detroit Student Supports
"Sickout" by Detroit Teachers
High School Student Imani Harris says to Detroit and Michigan
bureaucrats, "None of you have to come to school every day and share
books (if we even have books), or be in the middle of doing work and the
lights cut off. None of you have to worry about your safety everyday of
your life, or walk past mushrooms growing in the hallway. None of you
have to skip lunch every day because the food is moldy, and the milk is
old. None of you experience what we experience, and until you have, you
have no right to speak on anything happening in our district."
January 25, 2016
My name is Imani
Harris and I am a student at Renaissance High School. I am a sophomore
and have spent both of my high school years at Renaissance. Throughout
my time at this school I have experienced good and bad things. As this
year has gone by I have noticed many of the teacher sickouts, and
As I looked into them I have learned that I agree with
everything these teachers stand for and I stand with them. Class sizes
are too large, teaching conditions are horrible in some schools, and we
barely have any resources. Things need to change, and we won't stop
until they do.
Teachers who have participated in this sickout
should not have their teaching certification taken away. First and
foremost, there are already enough vacancies without you taking away 23
more teachers. The teachers are standing up for what they believe in,
and are doing so peacefully. Trying to silence teachers by threatening
to take away their jobs is childish and unfair to my education.
have a teacher named Zachary Sweet. He is one of the 23 teachers who
may lose their job. Mr. Sweet is honestly the best teacher I've ever
had. He is very dedicated to his job, he comes early in the morning to
school to tutor, and stays after school for hours just to make sure that
we understand. If there's anything we don't understand, he alters and
tries again the next day. Mr. Sweet is my Honors Algebra 2 and Honors
Geometry teacher, but he also teaches a German 1 class. Where would you
find a teacher that can teach all three of those classes effectively?
the Emergency Manager and others have said that teachers are hindering
our education by doing these sickouts, but the reality is that none of
you live in Detroit, and none of you have children who go to a DPS
school. None of you have to come to school every day and share books (if
we even have books), or be in the middle of doing work and the lights
cut off. None of you have to worry about your safety everyday of your
life, or walk past mushrooms growing in the hallway. None of you have to
skip lunch every day because the food is moldy, and the milk is old.
None of you experience what we experience, and until you have, you have
no right to speak on anything happening in our district.
deserve better. DPS students are treated as dollar signs, and/or just a
number on a slate. I'm sure that none of you even know what our schools
look like, let alone what we look like. How can you all take away our
teachers and tell us that's what's best for us, when you don't even know
Imani Harris, Renaissance Sophomore
Click Hereto Read Full Story and Remarks by Imani Harris
Would You Drink the
Water Given to the
Children of Flint, Michigan?
Oh Hell Naw!!!
Not In America???
Quote of the Day
From The Black Star Learning Center
Question: Why so few Black millionaires?
Answer: "The playing field is not level. Not here in the
USA, nor in the global economy. The advantage gained during the period
of global colonialism results in the exploitation of the natural
resources in Africa, as much as the exploitation of black labor during
slavery in the USA. In a global capitalist economy, the gap widens
between the "haves" and "have nots".
odds are long, but in the information age, we can improve our chances
through more effective collaboration between blacks. Nevertheless, the great equalizer is education. As in poker, education is the ante to get into the game. One
black millionaire won't make much of a difference, but one million
smart black children have a chance to create some leverage for our
people. Phillip Jackson at The Black Star Project in Chicago says it best, "Educate or die!"
As Independent Producers of Chicago Access Network (CAN TV) we
produce The Higher Learning Network TV Show and Men on Higher Learning
TV Show. We work with employees of the station and are aware of their
As former organizer for the Union for Clear
Channel (WGCI-FM/AM 1390) I clearly understand the politics of
organizing a union. It's one of the main reasons why they RETIRED me 10
You can't keep a good woman down! Good thing I knew
early on in life to have several streams of income, as Clear Channel
ALWAYS fires employees around holidays, especially Christmas. Yes, I
was RETIRED December 2005!
Clear Channel Communications (re-branded iHEART Radio)
then and NOW, still treat their employees unfairly. You will never
hear that spoken out loud because they are afraid of losing their jobs.
use of CAN TV studios allows us to produce in house shows, and it has
come to our attention that employees of CAN have been treated unfairly.
As a result, they formed a much needed union to support their efforts.
This video shows the results.
Congratulations CAN TV WORKERS! WE SUPPORT YOU!
Department of Procurement Services Upcoming Workshops
How to Become Certified Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2:00pm to 3:00pm City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 1st Flr. Room 103 This workshop
will provide information on who is qualified to be certified as a
Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise. Find out what documents are
needed when submitting an application and how to avoid the most common
mistakes. Doing Business with the City of Chicago Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:15pm to 4:15pm City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 1st Flr. Room 103 This
workshop is designed to outline the role and responsibility of the
Department of Procurement Services in the City’s purchasing process.
Ideal for companies looking to do business with the City of Chicago. For more information and to register for workshops Click Here