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TOP NEWS: Independents Day Dinner!

“It’s amazing how time flies. The last election feels like it was only a few weeks ago, but here we are in the middle of October already. Come join us on October 22nd to celebrate the Independents Day Dinner! Get your tickets here,” expressed Josef Michael Carr, Jr., State Chair, IVI-IPO. Please try to join us for our virtual annual awards dinner on Oct. 22nd. “It will feature some very special honorees such as our Harold Washington legacy recipient, Dan Swinney, founder of the innovative non-profit Manufacturing Renaissance, and the late CTU President, Karen Lewis, and many others whose work has left a blueprint for positive change. Get to know the new IVI-IPO again. Hope to see you there,” say, David RobinsonIVI-IPO board member. – Content Curated By MG Media



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Solving Domestic Issues

I recently heard a local activist who has been in the struggle for years and with great success, may I admit. I applaud her efforts in the fight for equality, freedom, and accountability. But after hearing them give a speech during a visual engagement and she expressed how we (Black folks) must continue our fight to heal the global world, I had to pause and question that sentiment. Why?

I accept that we live in a global environment (only when doing massive business) because politics and survival are domestic. And the word domestic in this discussion means local. And local in this assertion means, first, your home, your block, your hood, your city, and finally your state! These areas are considered domestic, and it’s imperative that we’re effectively able to defeat the enemies within our domestic surroundings before we can even consider battling global issues.

For instance: I’ve recently experienced an incident that really brought this narrative home to my doorstep, which has plagued my brain for weeks. I’ve been rethinking my current position and actions being taken as I attempt to solve some domestic concerns. How can anyone of sound body and mind spend their lives fighting to heal the world when they can’t even completely direct the plays being called at home? Mastering your home field is crucial before you can attempt to invade a visitor’s territory trying to tell them how to live, work, and play.

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In my newfound estimation, how can any good leader or healer travel the globe exploring and tackling new challenges when he or she can’t even ensure that their home, their block, their city, and state are functioning appropriately? If your head is not in the global battle because you have domestic issues front and center, you are not being truthful to winning the issues abroad. I wanted to travel recently but because my domestic issues were eating at me, I couldn’t in good faith getaway. I know me, the domestic situation would have churned in my gut and not allowed me a moment of peace!

This is me. Maybe others can travel across the world and tackle foreign enemies with great precision while their domestic concerns are destroying our community without being challenged. I’ve resolved to solve my domestic issues before I can plan a strategy to ensure that others’ homes on the other side of the pond are operating effectively. I think this is how we should tackle the many, many challenges that continue to intrude on our domestic lives which keep us from having ongoing progress and success! Until the next edition… I Write to Differ

Seek the TRUTH, Know the TRUTH, Speak the TRUTH!

(Carl D. West is the CEO/Publisher of MG Media and managing editor of TBTNews, a daily digital media platform. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI). Carl is the founder of the Leadership Initiative, an organization that trains young Black boys ages 14 – 18 to focus on Leadership, Critical Thinking & Entrepreneurial Skills. C0-founded VOTE 2 Live!)

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Statement From Mayor Lori Lightfoot: “I am grateful that the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners accepted my recommendation to appoint Rosa Escareño as the Interim General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. Rosa is an experienced and highly competent executive and a consummate professional. Rosa has my full support and confidence.

“Having served three mayors and with more than three decades of public service experience, Rosa has proven leadership skills and a breadth of experience that will inform her efforts to lead our Park District and maintain our beautiful public spaces and facilities during this interim period. Rosa is the right leader for this moment to bring confidence back into our Park District and to ensure it continues to provide crucial services to our community. As we conduct our search for the next General Superintendent, I look forward to ushering in a new era of accountability in our parks system.”

Statement From Mayor Lightfoot: “At my direction the City of Chicago’s law department filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief against the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 and its President John Catanzara for engaging in, supporting, and encouraging a work stoppage or strike. As Chicago’s Mayor, I cannot and will not stand idly by while the rhetoric of conspiracy theorists threatens the health and safety of Chicago’s residents and first responders.

“President Catanzara has time and again deliberately misled our police officers by lying about the requirements of the policy and falsely claiming that there will be no repercussions if officers are insubordinate and refuse to follow a City and Department directive or order. Notably, Catanzara has urged officers to reject the City’s vaccine policy and has repeatedly instructed police officers to refuse to comply with the City’s lawful directive which requires all City employees to report their COVID 19 vaccination status by October 15.

“By doing so, Catanzara is encouraging an unlawful strike and work stoppage which carries the potential to undermine public safety and expose our residents to irreparable harm, particularly during an ongoing pandemic. This action is brought pursuant to the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and Illinois common law which prohibits sworn officers from engaging in a strike.” For more details, contatc the Mayor’s Press Office at 312.744.3334 or – Content Curated By MG Media

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Rush Rips Proposed Congressional Remap

Under a draft congressional redistricting plan the Democratic-controlled Illinois legislature unveiled on Friday, Hyde Park would be covered by three congressional districts instead of two, as it currently is. Illinois’ 7th congressional district could cover all of East Hyde Park. It would also cover parts of southern Kenwood and North Kenwood.

Rep. Danny Davis, whose district currently covers North Kenwood. Rep. Robin Kelly, if the plan passes as drafted and she is reelected, she would no longer be the congresswoman for most of East Hyde Park. Illinois’ 1st congressional district, where Rep. Bobby Rush, would include the rest of Hyde Park as well as a streak of Bronzeville. Rush had harsh words for the draft remapping. “The map that I’m seeing is an absolute non-starter. It’s a horrendous map that does not take into consideration cultural affinities,” he said in a statement.

“It begins at a place called absurd and it ends at a place called ridiculous. The best thing about this map is that my southern boundaries are not in Iowa.” The state legislative maps, which continues to divide Hyde Park-Kenwood into two state House districts, have already been signed into law. – Content Curated By Capitol News Illinois

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Reject Rahm: On Wednesday, October 20, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for a confirmation hearing to become ambassador to Japan. Ironically, that’s exactly seven years to the day that Laquan McDonald was murdered. Last month, I stood in front of the U.S. Capitol to condemn Emanuel’s nomination. Below, is part of my speech:

“Good morning, my name is Delmarie Cobb and I’m a political consultant and activist in Chicago. I’m here to lend my name to the many organizations, individuals and elected officials who are voicing their objection to Rahm Emanuel being appointed ambassador to Japan. This is the second bite at the apple for Emanuel and his supporters to have President Joe Biden appoint him to a high-profile position within his administration. This is an example of how determined the elite and powerful is to rehabilitate the reputation of one of Chicago’s worst mayors in my lifetime. And believe me, that’s a remarkable achievement—given the mayor he replaced.

” Since 2004, Chicago taxpayers have paid more than $1 billion in settlements and legal fees for police misconduct and wrongful deaths. That is the backdrop that existed when Rahm Emanuel became mayor. He continued the same broken policies throughout his tenure until 2015 when dashcam video of Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a police officer. Five days after Rahm Emanuel won reelection in a runoff against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, his corporation counsel went to the City Council Finance Committee and asked them to approve a $5 million payout to McDonald’s mother before she initiated any legal action.

“The cover-up of Laquan’s murder was the final straw for most Black Chicagoans. During his first term, he had also ordered 50 schools closed in mostly Black and brown communities. It’s the largest school closure in the history of the United States. Emanuel closed six of 12 mental health clinics in predominantly Black and brown communities. Mr. Biden, you need the Black vote and you need the progressive vote. You can listen to your powerful friends telling you to choose Rahm Emanuel or you can listen to us, the people. It’s Rahm Emanuel or us, but it can’t be both.” – Content Curated By Delmarie Cobb

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The entire Chicago Sky team pose with the “Championship Trophy” after the stunning victory

Chicago Sky Wins 1st WNBA Championship: The Chicago Sky won the franchise’s first WNBA Championship on Sunday, defeating the Phoenix Mercury 80-74 in Game 4. Allie Quigley scored 26 points for the Sky, making five 3-pointers, followed by Candace Parker with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists. Kahleah Copper, who averaged 17 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Sky during the series, was named Finals MVP.

“I’ve never been one to say I don’t have anything if I don’t win a championship,” Quigley said after the game. “But I also know how much it means if you do have one. I feel like you’re elite when you have a championship. It’s just something in your legacy that makes you special.” The No. 6-seeded Sky erased a double-digit deficit and came back in the final minutes to defeat the No. 5 Mercury at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. They are the first team not seeded No. 1 or No. 2 to win the WNBA Championship after going 16-16 in the regular season.

It’s the second WNBA title for Parker, who shook up the league by opting to sign with her hometown Sky in free agency last spring. Parker continuously motioned for her team to stay calm in the deciding game and sparked streaks in the third and fourth quarters that kept the series from heading back to Phoenix. As the clock expired she chased down her family in the corner for big hugs and found her daughter, Lailaa.

“I had flashbacks to high school and it was like we won the State Championship,” Parker told reporters post-game. “It was amazing to hug my dad and my mom and my family. It’s an amazing feeling to be from here and see some people in the stands who have supported you since you started.” CONGRATULATION TO THE CHICAGO SKY! You now the new hometown SHEROS. – Content Curated By MG Media

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Candace Parker, surrounded by her team, celebrates Chicago’s 1st WNBA Championship

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Princeton Named College After Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson is a powerhouse. She was born in Chicago, the youngest child of a hardworking single mother, Dorothy Ashley, who instilled confidence, independence, and pragmatism in her daughter. Throughout grade and high school, Hobson worked diligently to get good grades, which attracted top schools across the country, including Harvard, but she decided on Princeton.

Today, her alma mater announced they are naming a new residential college after her following a gift from the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. “No one from my family had graduated from college when I arrived at Princeton from Chicago, and yet even as I looked up at buildings named after the likes of Rockefeller and Forbes, I felt at home,” Hobson, who graduated in 1991, said in a statement.

“My hope is that my name will remind future generations of students — especially those who are Black and Brown and the ‘firsts’ in their families — that they too belong. Renaming Wilson College is my very personal way of letting them know that our past does not have to be our future.” In June, the Board of Trustees decided to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the School of Public and International Affairs and Wilson College due to his racist views and policies, saying they were “firmly committed to combatting the scourge of racism in all its forms.”

The university president, Christopher L. Eisgruber, said in a statement he’d been discussing how transformative the gift would be for Princeton with Hobson for the last year. “It will enable us to improve the student experience at Princeton and to reimagine a central part of our campus, while also recognizing a remarkable woman who is a positive, powerful force for change in the world,” Eisgruber said in a statement. “Mellody Hobson is a wonderful role model for our students, and we are thrilled that her name will now grace our newest residential college.”

Princeton has been taking steps to fight racial injustice and ensure that students across all backgrounds have access to a Princeton education. They expanded their undergraduate enrollment by 10%, 500 students, and now offer need-blind financial aid programs, while giving students support through initiatives that help them thrive while at the university. “We strive for inclusion at the university and hope the significance of this gift and the naming of Hobson College will have a profound impact on current and future generations of students,” Ayana Gibbs, a Princeton University spokesman.

“Our goal is to improve the student experience at Princeton and reimagine a central part of our campus where students not only feel like they belong but feel seen too.”
Hobson is co-CEO of Ariel Investments; where she began her career as a summer intern in 1989. She serves on Starbucks and JPMorgan Chase boards. She is committed to service and is the chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago nonprofit providing jobs and enrichment programs for inner-city teens.

Currently there are six residential colleges where undergraduates live, eat, study, and socialize. Hobson College will be the third new residential college. It has a tentative opening of 2026, in time to welcome the Class of 2030. In recent years, Princeton has renamed spaces on campus to include Black people connected to the university, including former Princeton faculty member Toni Morrison. – Content Curated By BOTWC

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