GAC Endorses Willie Preston for 31st District Representative

The phrase “out with the old, in with the new” is a saying that we all have heard before and it usually relates to New Years Eve resolutions, making progress and bettering ones life. Even though New Years has long past this analogy applies to the race for the 31st District Representative. The 31st District encompasses portions of Chicago’s Englewood, West Englewood neighborhoods, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Palos Hills, and other nearby communities.

I had a chance to catch up with Willie Preston, an organizer out of Englewood who has a passion for the people and is running against the incumbent. He’s very much in favor of a progressive income tax and understands the importance of having a STEM focused curriculum for our children. He’s just a regular family man that wants to see change in his community and has stepped up to the plate to do so.

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Candidate for 31st District State Rep Willie Preston and family (above)

QM: As 31st District State Representative what do you plan on doing differently in comparison to the incumbent?

WP: “Many things, my plan, unlike my opponent, I have a plan and it calls for bringing our back trade schools to Chicago. Everybody is not coming to college when I go down to Springfield I’m going to be down there fighting for vocational training inside our schools. We’re talking about plumbers, electricians, boiler makers, truck drivers. And this has to be done at the state legislature and that’s what we’re going down to Springfield to do. When my kids graduate high-school, south side of Chicago, I don’t want them lost or having to go to college and take out debt just to make a decent living. I want them to graduate with their diplomas in one hand and their union card in the other, if they decide their not going to college and that’s OK with us. My mother-in-law is a carpenter, she makes $100,000 annually, every year $100,000. She can raise a family, that’s head of household income, you can have you a home, a new car, your children can go to school, a good school that you can afford. You definitely won’t have to go to anybody’s aid office looking for food stamps. That’s the type of life changing politics that’s what this campaign is based on, we’re doing this to save people’s lives and change people’s lives. That’s one thing on the economic side, as far a property taxes go we plan on banning Mike Madigan and other law makers who practice property tax appeal law.”

QM: What is that exactly, property tax appeal law?

Preston: “So, when you get your property tax bill in the mail, lets say its $900. You think that’s too high for your little house so you go and say, “Hey, this is too high!” You need to hire an attorney because you don’t know the property tax law, property tax code, so you go and hire an attorney to get your property tax reduced. Mike Madigan, coincidentally, or not coincidentally who is one of the most powerful lawmakers in Illinois has the number one firm in Illinois. That’s not by coincidence so what we have is a situation that I have here is a situation where-“

QM: So you’re saying that he’s controlling what the law is-

Preston: “That’s right, he’s controlling it to make sure that he personally benefits and gets rich from it, and he does do it. Then what he does is re-funnel that money back into politics and make sure that he gets to come into the black community, Latino community and chooses who he wants to represent that community.

My campaign represents a stark contrast from that, he wont get to choose the leader over here anymore. We win this election we send a strong message that this community is an independent community and we’re going to choose our own leaders.

So right now we have two buildings that have been recently sold downtown. What we knew as the Sears Tower is now called the Willis Tower at 1 N. Clark, they got $50 million in property tax reduction. So the government doesn’t need $50 million laying around. We give somebody a reduction we increase some where else. So where’s the increase coming from? Its coming right here from my people, my people have a extra $200, $300, $500, $700 increase in their property tax, regular working class folk while rich folk downtown are getting under-assessed we’re getting ours over-assessed. There needs to be a property tax frieze or a serious reduction in property tax. And that’s what also is driving up the rent of people who are just getting started. 1500 dollars for a 1, 2 bedroom apartment? We’re gonna end that and how we’re going to stop it is by having people like me down there at Springfield that will say no, and fighting against that and winning.”

QM: In one interview you say, “Springfield politicians largely just go along to get along, and that’s what I’m seeing in my district right now and I want to work to change it.” What exactly do you see that needs to be changed that hasn’t in the past 30 years?

Preston: “Well a lot of things, but one thing I can site is this. We have somebody that’s been in office for nearly 50 years, Mike Madigan, he’s the Speaker of the House. Every last Democrat votes for him in the House, every last Democrat in Springfield votes for him to be Speaker of the House, “go along to get along”. That is so much centralization of power it’s unnatural, it’s un-American. We don’t have kingdoms, or supposedly we’re not supposed to be about that, this is supposed to be about democracy. And one thing I’m going to do is not vote for him as Speaker of the House that will be a stark difference. Throughout the years as Chicago and Illinois have gotten blacker and browner, the state funding to our education system has gotten lesser and lesser. We have more black politicians that most people inside this nation in terms of our state government, and they went along with that. That’s why today Illinois is last in state funding for public education. Last in America in the funding percentage allocated to public education. I got family in Mississippi, like most of us do down south, we used to laugh at them and call them country. But you know what, they’re ahead of us, they have a state government, a supposedly racist state government in Mississippi and they are racist. But they invest more in their education than we do. We’re going to end that, in Springfield that’s what Mike Madigan and other lawmakers who prioritize our state budget that went along with it. I was a victim of it, if you were a student of CPS you were a victim of it. Other people were surpassing us but we didn’t know it because we were children and they were getting invested in more than us. And so look around at 28, 29, 30, 33 years old they are executives, they’re in media, they’re in government. They’re in a host of things and enjoying the spoils of a global economy, we’re not because we were not trained, we were not invested in. Its nothing wrong with us, it was something wrong with those state  politicians who allowed it happen and I’m taking one of them out with the help of people from the movement.”

QM: So being more specific are you saying that in regards to CPS’ education or Illinois in its entirety?

Preston: “Illinois in general. CPS is obviously where the most black and brown children, more specifically black from a historical context. That is where the large share of black and brown children attend school in Illinois, which is CPS and we have been underfunded for decades, the last in America. We have to get billions more dollars in order to treat these kids fair so they can be ready for this global economy they’re going to inherit.”

QM: Whats your take on CPS as an entity and what do you plan on implementing to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline?

Preston: “Well one of the things that’s extremely important, something I’ve been working on prior to running for office, is focusing on de-centralizing power. What do I mean by that? Right now one person gets to appoint the entire school board, that’s the mayor of Chicago.  That is why we find corruption because its a billion dollar budget that these folks have with contracts galore. One person should not be appointing all these people, they have to be accountable to the people who vote for them as well as the taxpayers. The way that we do that is by making certain that we have an elected school board. We have to force these people to run in elections and I think if we do that it would have to happen again at the state level. At the state level if we run a bill and make sure that it happens now, an elected school board, we’re going to have elections. In fact many other school boards districts, except for CPS, does it so we’re going in that direction. By the way, my opponent, in the 90s voted to make this law by having the Mayor of Chicago appoint the entire school board.”

QM: Regarding education, what is going to be your main focus?

Preston: “Science. Technology. Engineering. And mathematics. We all know what the recipe for the future success is going to be, we all know. But it takes billions of dollars, school should look radically different from when I was in school. In fact schools should look radically different from when my grandmother was there, but they don’t. My grandmother went to Gillespie and if she walks into a school on the south side of Chicago it’ll look identical to when she was a child. And that is a serious problem. So we need billions more dollars-“

QM: That means the architecture is old, and perhaps unsafe-

Preston: “Yes, the architecture is old, the technology is old, we’re very clear on that. When we think about lead and all these other things we have to consider the lack of investment we’ve made into our capital funding inside of our buildings, including our schools. To your question with schools, we need billions more dollars to invest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Making certain that these are at the core of what our children are learning. So that when they’re eighteen they’re not wondering, “What am I going to do now?” No, they’re going to school to actually prepare them for a career inside the industries that are going to be dominating the economy over the next decades. So, how do we get there? We need a progressive income tax, which I support. We need to be able to fund our schools not based on the property tax, that is regressive, it never has worked and its failed folks in our generation. Lets say J. B. Pritzker is worth seven billion dollars lets say I’m worth seven thousand dollars. We’re paying the exact same income tax, that’s a problem. For me, this is not a new idea however we have Republican states surrounding us such as Wisconsin and Indiana who back this. As you make more and more in your income, you just pay a higher rate, its that simple. And if we do that, this progressive income tax, and scale up the tax revenue we’ll generate from this will be billions of dollars. Enough money to be able to pay for the schools that I just envisioned. Imagine when we walk in schools and they were technologically relevant. Imagine if we walked into a school and instead of a green chalkboard, that my mother and grandmother were writing on, there were interactive white boards. Where children can interact with professionals who have different occupations such as farming, folks inside business, etc. We need to make certain we’re giving our children the opportunity to thrive and be successful. This is what the progressive income tax will help us pay for. I’m calling all people from the movement to get involved right now because this is a serious campaign. This is the campaign for those of us that’s in the movement. This is the campaign that we should target, we should take out an old incumbent who’s been there for thirty three years unopposed and put in one of our own. Lets actually get some results for our people. We haven’t seen anything out of this government but just a handful of people we don’t know. We don’t know them because we’re too busy trying to survive but there are people who are receiving billions upon billions of state money. No one knows them or interacts with them or are benefiting from them. Its time for us to go in a different direction, we need a #NewBreedofLeadership that’s thinking totally different from that. One that understands government, appreciates its history and also has a vision for the future as to what things can be. Imagine what it would be like if we had 14% of the states procurement budget. And I say we meaning black firms, you’re talking billions and billions of dollars. Its not a hard lift either, 14% going to black firms in our community. The thing for me is that we’re going to go down to Springfield and fight for 14% procurement for black firms. That is a win for everybody, that’s a win for black business owners who will create jobs within the community. Especially the ones who have nothing to do who are standing on the corner and this will prevent them from either going to jail or winding up in a casket. We’re going to offer something different for this community, we’re going to offer something different for the south side of Chicago. I’m not interested in giving individuals with power more power, these same folks and old contracts that have been used again and again. We need to get new contracts for new entrepreneurs. If we lean in as much as we possibly can up until the 20th they won’t have a choice but to see some black power politics coming out of the south side. We’re going to make it happen.”

Apple Cider Vinegar and Its 3000 Uses

Hello all, today I’ll be talking about the wonderful health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and I’ll even provide you with my very own recipe for an Apple Cider Vinegar bath.

Clean Up, Clean Up…Everybody, Everywhere!!!!

ACV has a multitude of cleaning applications, and with a pH of 5-6 its highly alkaline which means it can eat through most dirt and grime. All you have to do get a spray bottle from the dollar store, add equal parts ACV and water in it and you’re good to go. This works great over the entire house, especially the bathroom where bacteria THRIVES! If you don’t like the smell of ACV don’t worry, the smell will fade as it dries. This is amazing because that spray bottle can also double as an deodorizer. So whenever your house smells a lil’ funky you can always turn your fan on and spray a mist of ACV into the air.

Health Benefits of ACV Explored, What is “Snapback”?

Next we will explore the health benefits of ACV in its relation to pH balance. Our bodies pH balance is very vital to how healthy or sick we become. Keeping our bodies in an alkaline state will almost surely keep you healthy. Anything with a pH balance of 0 is HIGHLY acidic and anything with a pH balance of 14 is HIGHLY alkaline. Apple cider vinegar is the only type of vinegar thats alkaline forming once it enters our bodies. With that being said, one might ask, “Can I drink ACV since its so good for me?” The answer is NO, DO NOT DRINK APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RAW, it can/will damage the lining of your esophagus and stomach, which isn’t healthy at all. Instead, if you choose to do so, take a teaspoon of it and put it in a bottle of water or juice, you WILL taste the difference. Some sites will even tell you to put a teaspoon in Green Tea in order to increase your metabolism but I don’t even recommend that. I have tried the Green Tea X ACV mix and it made me feel uncomfortable and gassy for the majority of the day, I didn’t like that.

Instead I recommend taking a bath in ACV in order to make your pH more alkaline. Now I know most men are wondering, “Why would I want to take a vinegar bath, ain’t that for females?” Well the answer is historically “yes” but as I stated previously, keeping your pH alkaline will ward off disease and in some reports help manage/prevent prostate cancer though the results aren’t consistent across the board and more studies need to be carried out.

Nonetheless, here’s #FreedomOrDeaths ACV Bath Concoction:

DISCLAIMER: Before you try this understand how your body works, everyone is made up different so I will not be held responsible if there’s any malfunction

  • 1/2 bottle of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (32 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup of Organic Lemon Juice
  • 6 Green Tea Bags, steeped
  • 2X2X2″ cube of African Black Soap

In order for you to really feel the effects of this mixture it must be concentrated, which means using 25-50% LESS water than you would normally. You will feel slightly dizzy when you go to stand up and this is because of the Apple Cider Vinegar though I’m not sure why. It will pass in about 5-10 minutes.

On a lighter note black women have been using vinegar or “Snapback” as Mike Epps so eloquently put it on Underrated and Never Faded, for years as a way to constrict the blood vessels in their vagina. The hilarious thing about this is that my first time hearing about this topic is from Mike Epps, which had a lasting impression on me. Not only does it tighten the vaginal lining but ACV carries anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which can restore a womans’ natural pH levels.

If you’ve never heard of the phenomenon that is “Snapback” peep the clip below and have a laugh!!!

 

MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY!!!!

 

Safeguard: Are We Safe from Corporate Trespass and Burglary?

PETITION: SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES – Mortgage Field Services

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  • Lawsuit

 

On June 2013, the Attorney General’s Office made public information regarding a pending lawsuit it has against the government contracted property management company, Safeguard Properties. In a period following our nation’s largest housing crisis, which was brought about by deceptive lending practices by US banks, the housing sector delivers another blow to the livelihood and dignity of American taxpayers, through the county’s largest mortgage field servicer.

While carrying out evictions for the multiple mortgage servicers, Safeguard and its contractors violated and horrified already victimized homeowners, by trespassing and blocking humans from their homes, changing the locks on the properties, sometimes shutting off utilities midway through the foreclosure processes and burglarizing the residents, and traumatizing victims while, at times, illegally evicting families during the dangerously cold winter months. In several instances, Safeguard’s employees laid in wait, while unsuspecting victims went about the daily routines, and as they unknowingly left their homes vulnerable, the criminals would break into these homes illegally, and in some cases remove all of the victim’s belongings from the residence. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office found Safeguard Properties to have operated in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, 815 ILCS 505/2, as well as the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, 12 U.S.C. 5220.

It has been noted in the lawsuit, that Safeguard engaged in deceptive and fraudulent business practices, by knowingly and with ill-intent, providing consumers with false information pertaining to their rights, as tenants and homeowners, to remain in their properties until the foreclosure process was complete, and sometime until the end of their bona fide lease. All court proceedings were conducted in the Cook County Circuit Court, and in June of 2016, Safeguard settled the lawsuit for $1,000,000 to be awarded to victims within Illinois who filed a complaint with the state or Safeguard itself. “We the People” encourage all victims of Safeguards fraudulent and criminal practices to either encourage their state’s attorney general to bring a class-action lawsuit, and for each victim to bring criminal charges against this fraudulent company as well. We are setting up this petition to encourage all reputable banks and government entities to seize contracting out work to this criminal organization, and to thereby divert those contracts to local businesses within the communities that are being serviced. Please sign our petition to support our efforts to prevent fraudulent and criminal behavior by companies such as Safeguard Properties.  

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  • Services & Labor

 

Services:

Safeguard enters into contract with mortgage lenders, and servicers to provide Property Preservation Services, such as:

  1. Boarding up doorways- $100
  2. Changing locks- $60
  3. Padlocking the entrance- $40
  4. Shutting off utilities- $75
  5. Winterizing the Home- $185
  6. Removing debris from unoccupied property- $35 per cubic feet
  7. Removing a car- $120
  8. Occupancy status determination – $12

***Presenting cash-for-keys or deed in lieu of foreclosure offers***

Labor:

  • Safeguards becomes responsible for property preservations services when a homeowner becomes delinquent or defaults on his/her mortgage.
  • Instructs Illinois subcontractor to inspect property in order to determine occupancy status.
  • Once Safeguard deems a property to be vacant, it instructs the subcontractor to secure the property by boarding up doorways, winterizing the property, changing locks and placing padlocks on the door, and shutting off utilities.
  • Inspect and preserve home throughout and after foreclosure process

 

Labor Complaints: https://www.complaintboard.com/safeguard-properties-l4970.html

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/safeguard-properties/brooklyn-heights-ohio-44131/safeguard-properties-lies-to-its-workers-its-contractors-are-not-getting-paid-what-they-e-404228

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#14 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Safeguard Properties Internet Fraud

AUTHOR: Micontractor – (U.S.A.)

SUBMITTED: Wednesday, January 07, 2009

It appears that what Safeguard Properties is doing by not paying its contractors is Internet Fraud. All of the communications regarding pricing, invoicing, adjustments, work orders, ect. are done either through Safeguard Properties vendor web site or through e-mail. If you are a contractor who has been scammed by Safeguard Properties this apparently constitutes internet fraud by the FBI definition. I would encourage any contractors who have been shorted payments for services provided to Safeguard Properties to file a complaint on the FBI website under “Internet Fraud”, the link is:

 

http://www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/internetschemes.htm

 

Good luck, we all deserve our hard earned money.

 

Mommabear1202 Send email

Dec 27, 2016

Lost home in fire

My home was destroyed in fire i

and we had some belongings outside some of which were from home. A couple weeks went buy my boyfriend had went by the house to see if the garage was ok an what was left of the property there was a man there with a trailor and had loaded everything up outside (picnic table, grill, chairs photo albums, stroller and can’t forget to mention my flower pots that had plants in them but dumped all my flowers out, there was along t of other things as well as burnt things) also he was getting ready to change the locks on garage. He told him my our home was being forclosed an he had an order to come there an secure it. He had me come up there and don’t tiron he didn’t hear a mouth full. This guy working for safeguard was getting ready to take all my belongings to the dump. I made him take what things were still good off that @#$% trailor my home was not getting forclosed i mean we just lost everything an he was there taking the rest. The bastard still got away with my antique vases, propane tank to grill, & cast iron skillets . I’m so disgusted i conet even think straight. No one has evet appologized for any of it either.

 

czultowski Send email

Jul 13, 2016

non payment, consistant charge backs

I cannot believe we have lasted 17 grueling and arduous years with this company. They have literally sucked our entire savings dry with their consistent charge backs and non payment of invoices.
They send you to a property, APPROVE your bids, PAY you and then CHARGE YOU BACK! Just yesterday we got a charge back for $1099.99! That job is months old. They don’t care. We have got charge back that are 5 years old! What is wrong with these people?
They will have you drive 75+ miles one way to submit a bid at your cost.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, these people are crooks. They have no compassion for the loyalty of their contractors, and seniority certainly does not mean anything. 17 years!!! We started with them when we had to mail them photos, before digital even existed.
Why am i paying $421/month for a $1,000,000 E & O Insurance Policy with York-Jersey Underwriters? We do not make enough money to even cover it anymore!
There is so much more, they stick it to you every single chance they get. They are making a fortune!! If they take $1000 from each contractor per month, and they have A LOT of contractors, well, do the math. it is sickening.
Something needs to be done. We need a class action law suit!!

 

Firefighter Send email

Mar 26, 2016

Being told we have to fake photos

I worked for a large preservation company. A few of them actually. This is a very corupt industry. These companies are making millions of dollars ripping off banks and real estate companies. I have emails and live recordings of these poeple telling us to fake photos of work that is not needed to be done . I’m not sure what my next move should be and could use some advice. I do not even make enough to my bills or care for my kids, but yet they have us falsifying photos so they can collect tons of money while we struggle to get buy. Any advice on what I should do or who I should call. That do not deserve the contract or to be making tons of money by making there employees lie.

 

 

  • Legal

 

Safeguards headquarters is located at 7887 Safeguard Circle, Valley View, Ohio, but the company is incorporated in the State of Delaware.

In its contracts with its clients, Safeguard assumes responsibility for all work performed by employees, subcontractors, and any agents of the company.

  • Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law 735 ILCS 5/15-1504.5, 1508.5, and 1701
  • Forcible Entry and Detainer Act, 735 ILCS 5/9-101 and 102
  • Consumer Fraud Act, 815 ILCS 505/2
  • Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act, 12 U.S.C. 5220

 

  • Proposal of Repercussion

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Enact any and all consequences that can be imposed on a business that engages in unethical business practices in the state of Illinois:

  1. Injunction, revocation, forfeiture or suspension of any licenses, charter, franchise, certificate or other evidence of authority of any person to do business in this state
  2. $50,000 fine imposed by court for each individual, during each instance, where a Safeguard employee violated the rights granted to consumers under the Consumer Fraud Act without the intent to defraud; if the courts should find that Safeguard and/or its employees committed these acts with the intent to defraud, We the People pray the court to impose a civil penalty of an additional $50,000 per violation, and an extra $10,000 per violation if the crime was committed against a person 65 years of age or older.  
  3. Bar Safeguard from receiving any government contracts within the State of Illinois.  

Author: Eugene “Geno” Stanley

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Water is Water; Is it Not?

I tasted water from a well i once visited and fell deeply in love with it. The water was clear, it tasted very good, and it was just the right temperature. One day that well ran dry, and i was forced to wonder the desert in search of water. I finally stumbled upon a well. It was full of water, but the water didn’t seem as clear, it didn’t have the same taste as the last well, and it was a bit warm, but it did the job.water-1

One day, during my travels, I passed by the location of the first well I had camped at, and behold, the rains had helped refill the well, and a taste ensured that the water was the same. But there was something different this time; I couldn’t draw water as I initially had. Now, this well had a dispenser that would only allow for so much water to come out. I wound up staying at that well, hoping the water would flow as it once did, because I could see the clear crisp water as I gazed down into the well.

Do you believe me to be foolish for abandoning a full well with no regulation, for a well that was full, but would only allow me to access just enough water to stop me from dying of heat stroke? i-heart-waterHave a great day, and don’t forget today’s question to ponder; before you leave your well for one that appears to be better, ask yourself, “Am I leaving ample for only a sample?” Signing off, but never offline! ~ Geno Stanley

A Letter to Trump: Divestment vs. Investment

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Dear Mr. Trump,

Chicago is a global city, and if anyone knows that, it would most certainly be you; a man who owns prime real estate in one of the world’s most appealing locations for tourists, and business professionals. There is an elephant in the room though; there has been a stark contrast in the divestment versus investment when assessing the micro economies that clearly exist within this city. That could very well be a bit of the brush that was ignited when your campaign was disrupted in this very city. No apologies are in line for the actions of my brothers and sisters of this struggle that you can never understand; you can only learn to empathize with the plight of African descendants within this country. Though I don’t hold all the same values, and thought processes of my fellow activists, I do stand in solidarity with their dedication to fight injustice with proportionate force. With that said, I do believe in your claim to have an agenda to bring America into its full potential of being the greatest nation, not only on the planet, but the greatest nation that we can become. Enough small talk, as I’m sure you have a lot of work to do; Chicago’s Public School system is a bridge built on sand, and that sand is Rahm Emmanuel, City Counsel, Barbara Byrd-Bennet, our long-standing clergymen with political affiliation, and the perspective of the American people that this problem is isolated, or unable to be corrected.

In 2013, my elected officials closed a record breaking 48 schools at one time; the largest scale school closing ever in U.S. history. The decision to devastate 12,000 elementary school students was blamed on a $1 Billion deficit brought on by decades of misappropriated funds, and a scandal that placed an interesting criminal light on our prior mayor. We understand how a deficit could call for the need to bring expenses lower than income, but what we don’t comprehend is why every social and economic experiment in this country has to be conducted at the expense of the quality of life of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens; minorities specifically, and moderate-low to very-low income families. If you’re inquiring as to why I’m crying over spilled milk; well, because that now spoiled milk is being force fed to us as yogurt, and it smells bad.kids1

In May of this year, the city began a quest to acquire an old post office location, and they proposed plans to transform that location into a new middle school. The project in total will cost $55 Million, and $11 Million in Tax Increment Funding (TIF) has been allocated to this project, that will benefit families within close proximity to the southern outskirts of the downtown area; an area comprised of mostly middle income families, and high income families that were able to survive the gentrification efforts pushed following the demolition of Chicago’s public housing project buildings (i.e. Cabrini Green Housing Projects). This is a concern of the African American community, because we have continually been forced to watch the spoils of us being robbed, being redistributed to those who didn’t need the resources in the first place.kids4

Contrary to popular belief, the African American community has no desire to continue to exist as a welfare community; one dependent upon foreign businesses and investors. We have no desire to dwell on where blame for our economic enslavement should be placed; we are clear on how we got to this position, but more importantly aware and ready to take the steps to bring us out of our social and economic incarceration. We understand that you have no authority to intervene in locally approved plans for development, but we do have a request.

Please redirect 30% of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and ecenomic development dollars to grassroots organizations and small businesses within their respective communities, the very organizations and businesses that create the micro-economic changes that “We the People” desire to see.

We would like to see a national effort to redirect CRA and economic development monies into a community controlled mechanism. Our community is in dire need of small business investment plan that acknowledges the disparities in capital, credit, and collateral that has been created by a long-existing system of oppression (relative barriers of entry into business). What we are really requesting is a small business startup and stimulus package that will help create healthy and self-sustainable communities; a major and bold push towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

 

 

Works Cited

City of Chicago: Tax Increment Financing . (2016, September 14). Retrieved December 23, 2016, from City of Chicago: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/provdrs/tif/news/2016/july/tif-proposed-for-new-south-loop-elementary-school.html

Jr., J. P. (2015, January 22). Study looks at aftermath of Chicago school closings in 2013. Chicago Tribune.

Marisa de la Torre, M. F. (2015). Schools Closings in Chicago: Understanding Familie’s Choices and Constraints for New School Enrollment . Chicago: University of Chicago.

Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, J. C. (2013, May 23). CPS approves largest school closure in Chicago’s history. Chicago Tribune.

 

 

The Trump Effect and Its Global Implications

 

This report is about the “Trump Effect” what its done so far and what it will do in the future. It will examine the effects of Trumps candidacy on students, teachers, minority groups as well as its socioeconomic consequences on a national and international scale.

National Effects
Whether you know it or not the “Trump Effect” has unfortunately taken its toll on America and the presidential race. Its more than obvious that his toxic hate rhetoric has reverberated, even through different candidates desperate for support. Since he is the Republican front runner coupled with his influence, other politicians have adopted this outrageous hate rhetoric to garner more supporters. This inhumane rhetoric is mainly aimed at the Latino and Muslim American communities and unfortunately 31 states have implemented strategies to terrorize and alienate these groups.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has sued the federal government and a nonprofit relief agency to keep refugees out. Indiana’s refusal forced one family to seek refuge in Connecticut. Georgia is seeking to deny displaced Syrians federal benefits, like food stamps, and keep their children out of school.2 These are just a couple of the examples we’ve seen thus far so imagine how many more inhuman policies are being set in place by various politicians and their sponsors.

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According to an article published by the LA Times4, Donald Trump in office would be detrimental to the nations’ as well as the global economy. The reason being is because his policies are “vague, grandiose or politically unfeasible”. A major sector that would plummet is healthcare because he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

Over the past four years under ACA the S&P Healthcare index has risen 86%. This means that any disruption of growth in that sector would most likely have a negative impact on healthcare stocks.

Mr. Trump also plans on enforcing tariffs on exports from China and other nations. A tariff is “a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports”. With that being said China and others, may impose their own tariffs in response, which would most likely result in a tax war. Right now rice is $2.44 a pound, now imagine if it jumped up to $7.80 post-Trump. Puts it in perspective doesn’t it?

Trumps tax proposal is extremely far fetched because he’s proposing tax cuts across all income levels. It sounds good on paper, but what wasn’t said is that it’ll create a $9.6 trillion federal deficit over the next decade which would directly affect federal spending.5
On April 13th, 2016 the Southern Poverty Law Center1 released a study that examined the effects of Trumps’ presidential campaign on students as well as teachers. The survey was conducted by Teacher Tolerance and ranged from K-12 both teachers and students alike. Here are the highlights:

• More than two-thirds of the teachers reported that students—mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims—have expressed concerns or
fears about what might happen to them or their families after the election.

• More than half have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse.

• More than one-third have observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.

• More than 40 percent are hesitant to teach about the election.

Unfortunately his campaign is effecting how our children will think in this country for decades.

This effect can be seen beyond twelfth grade as seen in Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale where racial tensions have increased with Trump’s hate rhetoric. He makes it cool to be discriminatory and prejudiced which is detrimental to stability of our society. One instance describes how Leilani Bartlett, a freshman at SIUC, attended a political forum in her dorm and racial slurs began to be thrown around. A short time after Leilani posted a video on Facebook that’s garnered attention. Another instance at the university describes how two black fraternity members attempted to enter a white fraternity’s party and were denied entry. Who really knows what those reasons were.

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International Implications

On an international scale if Trump becomes president he would damage the global economy and the small ties we have in the Middle East will indefinitely be severed. In an article published by The Guardian an organization called the Economist Intelligence Unit updated their list of global threats, and in twelfth place was the possibility of Donald Trump being sworn into America’s presidential office. The Economist Intelligence Unit an independent business within The Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis, such as monthly country reports, five-year country economic forecasts, country risk service reports, and industry reports. Trumps anti-Muslim hate speech and his talk of putting troops on the ground in Syria to fight the Islamic State, coupled with his ban on all Muslim travel to the US would result in an increase of jihadist groups. “The spread of IS [Isis] and its influence poses a dilemma for global policymakers, who are under pressure to intervene militarily to suppress the group in its strongholds in the Middle East [especially now that hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are seeking sanctuary in Europe], but which in turn would risk reprisals in their home countries by radicalized IS sympathizers.”7 The instability of Greece and the spread of IS may result in more countries leaving the European Union. The spread of Isis would create ripples all over the world and it seems like Trump has some stock in weaponry. Trumps trade policies also have the potential to escalate into a trade war with China.

“A hard landing for the Chinese economy remains the biggest threat to the world economy, according to the EIU. It said China’s manufacturing and service sectors were continuing to deteriorate, hampering the government’s efforts to tackle bad debts that had built up since the financial crisis. Recent plunges on the Shanghai stock market – down 17% so far this year – have undermined confidence in Beijing’s ability to manage the crisis.”

What we need to do!
With the information presented its obvious that something drastic need to be done in
order to keep Trump out of office, but its definitely bigger than Trump. Trump is just a part of a system that allows him and others like him to do what they want to do. The capitalist system is not for the people, it’s for the dollar. Knowing this, we all need to unite as one to combat the system and its various tentacles. The system is for the dollar but we’re for the people, hence the #HUMANECAMPAIGN. The #HUMANECAMPAIGN is for anyone that wants to promote life and have a safer future for our offspring. Whatever your motivation is there a place for you to express that, from police brutality to the school to prison pipeline. These examples are just a few of the issues that affect us nationally as well as globally, change and accountability is needed in order to secure our future.

Written By: Liberty Or Death

WORKS CITED
Trumps effect –Nationally
The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation’s Schools https://www.splcenter.org/20160413/trump-effect-impact-presidential-campaign-our-nations-schools April 13, 2016 by The Southern Poverty Law Center 1

The Trump Effect and How It Spreads http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/10/opinion/the-trump-effect-and-how-it-spreads.html?_r=0 December 10, 20152

The “Trump Effect” Alienating Conservative Latinos http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/08/31/435584004/the-trump-effect-alienating-conservative-latinos August 31, 2015 by Asma Khalid 3

How Would a Donald Trump Presidency Effect the Stock Market http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-agenda-trump-markets-20160307-story.html March 7, 2016 4

Which presidential candidate would benefit your wallet most? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/2016-race-donald-trump-ted-cruz-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-tax-plans-impact/ March 18, 2016 by CBS News5

If Donald Trump was President, Heres What Would Happen to the Economy http://www.thestreet.com/story/13335121/2/if-donald-trump-was-president-here-s-what-would-happen-to-the-u-s-economy.html March 11, 2016 by Emily Stewart6

Trumps Effect- Internationally
‘President Trump’ as big a threat as jihadi terror to global economy – EIU
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/mar/17/president-trump-sixth-list-major-threats-global-economy-republican-trade-eiu March 17th, 2016 by The Guardian7

The Impacts of Donald Trumps Marketing Campaign
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ajagrawal/2015/12/25/the-impacts-of-donald-trumps-marketing-campaign/#c3bbea46cd68 December 25, 2015 by FORBES8