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  • In Memoriam: Ronald “Kwesi” Harris
    On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Ronald “Kwesi” Harris, Program Director of the African American Male Resource Center (AAMRC) at Chicago State University....
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  • We Need to Hear From You! 4th District Listening Sessions on Justice Involved Youth
    Please join Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s Cook County Justice Advisory Council, the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division, Cook County Juvenile Probation and the JDAI Community Engagement Committee for one of two community listening sessions focused on justice involved youth in the 4th police district. These sessions will be...
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  • Help Ensure HEAL Proposal is Part of Negotiated Illinois Budget to Invest in Health
    The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a bipartisan budget group has been working to develop a proposed state budget that could be released later this week. It’s time to ensure legislators know that you support the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) proposal- the sugary drink tax that...
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  • Show #BlackLivesMatter By Showing Up On Election Day!!!
    The best way to demonstrate that #BlackLivesMatter is to cast your vote tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th. Illinois’ primary election is especially important. It is an opportunity to voice our frustration and dissatisfaction over the decisions made (or not made) by our elected officials, which have had...
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  • In Memoriam: Henry English
    On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Henry English, founder of the Black United Fund of Illinois. Henry English, a Chicago community leader, was...
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  • Ask Your Legislator to Support the HEAL Act
    As Governor Rauner addresses the legislature regarding the FY 2017 Illinois budget, we’re still faced with the current budget impasse that has left Illinois without a budget for more than 8 months. Since state leaders will need to address our growing deficit and put an end...
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  • 16 Shots, 400 Days Later
    The story of 17-year old Laquan McDonald is a tragic tale of a failed system, designed to save our children. Through a series of tragic events and DCFS involvement, Laquan surpassed expectations by turning his life around, attending school regularly, working towards graduation and obtaining summer...
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  • In Memoriam: The Honorable Esther Golar
    On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of The Honorable Esther Golar, State Representative for Illinois’ 6th Legislative District. Representative Golar, a six-term legislator, was...
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  • Black Dads Are Doing Best of All
    One of the most persistent statistical bludgeons of people who want to blame black people for any injustice or inequity they encounter is this: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), in 2013 in nearly 72 percent of births to non-Hispanic...
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  • On The Decline – Numbers of African-American Students on Illinois Campuses Are Dropping
    Thursday nights were always special, Cortlon Cofield says, during his freshman year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. That’s because Thursdays were “Food for the Soul” night in the Florida Avenue Residence Hall (known as FAR). “This was an event where the cafe served soul food...
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  • Studies link childhood lead exposure, violent crime
    After growing up poor in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Cincinnati, the young adults had reached their early 20s. One by one, they passed through an MRI machine that displayed their brains in sharp, cross-sectioned images. For those who had been exposed to lead as toddlers,...
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  • African American History Museum to Host Artifacts from Wrecked Slave Ship
    This marks the first time in history that archaeologists have documented a wrecked vessel that had been carrying slaves, researchers say. Read more…...
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  • Poll Finds Nearly 2/3 of Illinoisans Support Raising Revenue for Community Prevention & Medicaid through a Sugary Drink Tax
    A new public opinion poll shows that 65 percent of Illinois voters support a proposal to raise funding for Medicaid and community health programs that prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity through a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. At a time when the Illinois...
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  • Underprivileged African-Americans Have Higher Risk for Heart Disease
    Recent research findings may help health care professionals participating in a new Affordable Care Act payment model identify patients at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction model was introduced at a White House Conference on Aging regional forum on May...
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  • The Life and Times of Jackie Ormes, America’s First African-American Syndicated Comic Artist
    Comics can be more than just a funny panel of stories. Woven together like a patch quilt, its strip can tell the narratives of a generation with a block of successive drawings. Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman to have a syndicated comic strip, paved and...
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  • THE RETAIL RACE DIVIDE: HOW THE RETAIL INDUSTRY IS PERPETUATING RACIAL INEQUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    This paper examines the differences in retail workers’ occupations, earnings, and schedules to reveal how employment in the retail industry fails to meet the needs of the Black and Latino workforce and, as a result, perpetuates racial inequality. Read more…...
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  • Old African-American celebration given second life in New York
    An African-American celebration called Pinkster dating back to the 17th century is enjoying a quiet revival in New York, giving the city a fresh glimpse at the largely ignored contribution that black colonists made to America’s emerging culture. Considered the oldest African-American holiday, Pinkster was virtually...
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  • We don’t need fewer lawyers. We need cheaper ones.
    Unable to afford representation, more Americans are going to court alone, and they’re losing. In 2014, a Louisiana woman, J., landed in court after a dispute with her landlord over a $25 parking fee. J., 52, was suffering from cancer and did not have an attorney....
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  • Embattled CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett resigns in wake of federal probe
    Embattled Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has resigned in the wake of the federal probe of a $20.5 million no-bid contract CPS handed her former employer, the mayor’s office announced Sunday night. Byrd-Bennett went on paid leave in mid-April, days after federal investigators sent subpoenas...
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  • Medicaid at 50: A Look Back – And Ahead
    Medicaid, the main health insurance program for low-income people and the single largest source of public coverage in the U.S., turns 50 this year. In that time, it has grown to cover nearly 70 million Americans and become a key source of financing for safety net...
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  • Among professional women, African Americans are most likely to want top executive jobs, report says
    The number of women holding CEO positions among America’s largest corporations is, as everyone knows, very small. Just 23 women are CEOs of companies in the S&P 500. But the number of female African American chief executives among those top businesses is downright minuscule: There is only one black woman, Xerox’s Ursula Burns, at this...
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  • 6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death
    BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged six police officers with a range of crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray, a striking and surprisingly swift turn in a case that has drawn national attention to police conduct. Read more…...
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  • What Pew’s New Report Didn’t Tell You About Black Immigrants
    Pew Research is just discovering something: Black people are not all the same. This is a truth that the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has been living for the nearly decade of its existence. And it is a truth that Black people have known for...
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  • Loretta Lynch makes history
    Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the new U.S. attorney general on Monday, replacing Eric Holder. Lynch, the country’s first African-American woman to serve in the role, had her nomination held up more than five months over politicking in the Senate. “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about...
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  • Report: Illinois Black Unemployment Rate Expected To Fall In 2015, But Still At ‘Crisis Level’
    A recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows Illinois is one of only two U.S. states expected to see “significant reductions” in African-American unemployment levels throughout 2015. In Illinois, the African-American unemployment rate is projected to hit 11.4 percent by the fourth quarter of...
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  • Obama library will be prime architectural commission
    It’s destined to be Chicago’s architectural commission of the decade, a building that gives physical form to the soaring ideals of the nation’s first African-American president. Which begs the question: Who will design it? In the run-up to next Tuesday’s announcement that the Barack Obama library...
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  • Obama presidential library to be located in Chicago
    The Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be located in Chicago, two people familiar with the decision confirmed to CNN, with an official announcement coming in May. President Barack Obama has notified Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois lawmakers who were instrumental in lining up...
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  • Breast Cancer Outcomes Poorer In African American Women
    Researchers found African American women with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer generally had poorer outcomes than European Americans. The research team believes the disparity is related to survival mechanism within the cancer cells, Georgetown University Medical Center reported. Breast tumors in African American women proved to be more resistant...
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  • Keepers of the Dream
    On January 19, 2015, we will celebrate the eighty-sixth anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., one of our country’s most influential civil rights leaders. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, which eventually led to the...
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  • Share Your Black History Month Events
    February is Black History Month, a month to reflect on and learn about African American history. Black History Month, or National African American History Month, celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans nationwide while acknowledging the role we played in American history. An extension of Historian Carter...
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  • NOV 15TH: OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS FOR GET COVERED ILLINOIS
    Are you covered? Do you know someone that is uninsured? Open enrollment for Get Covered Illinois (GCI), the official health insurance marketplace for Illinois, began on November 15, 2014.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you are now able to secure quality health insurance for yourself...
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  • Bullying Prevention Program Kick-Off A Bully-Free Celebration
    According to Bullying and Victimization Among African American Adolescents: A Literature Review , a report in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, African American adolescents have higher rates of bullying and victimization compared to other adolescent populations. This review found strong associations among bullying...
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  • Don’t Silence Violence: 10 Steps African Americans Should Take To Leave an Abusive Relationship
    Fact: Most domestic violence incidents are never reported. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as such we must highlight the importance of leaving an abusive relationship and the issues African Americans face when making the decision to leave their abuser. For African Americans, it is especially...
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  • The Early African American Vote Catches the Worm
    The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution declared the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Unfortunately, this right...
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  • The Breast Conversation We Should Be Having
    Conversations about women’s breasts are always awkward. Often it is among women, and as soon as a man walks into the room, he dashes out as though he has walked into a “women only” event. The truth is, there’s one “breast conversation” that everyone needs to...
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