Honoring Our Fathers - Chicago Street Journal - June 15, 2017 Edition

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Mike McCormick, Executive Director<br />

American Coalition for <strong>Fathers</strong><br />

and Children. http://www.acfc.org/<br />


For millions of men <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day means gathering with<br />

family, firing up the grill and enjoying what makes <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day<br />

special; spending time together and reflecting on life with your<br />

children and family. For millions of kids this special day is set<br />

aside to say “Thanks Dad,” you are appreciated. Your presence,<br />

guidance, good nature, care, nurture, generosity, love and wisdom<br />

have helped shape our lives in positive ways too numerous to<br />

count. From you we learned empathy, perseverance, dedication,<br />

sacrifice in the pursuit of goals and the value of hard work. That’s<br />

the reality of <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day for millions of men in America this <strong>June</strong> 18 th .<br />

For millions of other men however <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day has a different meaning. For these millions of<br />

fathers, and their children, <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day is not a time of joyful reflection and sharing, but a day<br />

of sorrow. These millions of fathers have either limited, or lost, contact with their children and<br />

been forced to endure life at the hands of a legal system that insists their value to their kids is<br />

most importantly expressed by how much child support they pay.<br />

These fathers live in a world where government has effectively told them your first priority is<br />

to pay up. For the lucky ones, paying up might mean they will get to see their children for a<br />

couple of days each month. For those less fortunate, the obligation to pay up is there, but the<br />

hope for contact, much less significant involvement with their children, has long since been<br />

extinguished.<br />

The sad fact is this: Billions of government dollars are spent each year to insure fathers pay up.<br />

By comparison, virtually nothing is spent to help fathers denied contact with their children retain<br />

a role in their kids’ lives.<br />

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Neighborhood<br />

Opportunity Fund<br />

Announcements<br />

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Three Female<br />

FAMU Doctoral<br />

Graduates Break<br />

Barriers in Engineering<br />

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According to Dr. Willie Wilson, “With the help of hundreds of determined people<br />

just like you, we were able to get our state legislators to listen to our concerns. Senate<br />

Bill 552 transformed into Senate Bill 2034, which passed both chambers of the Illinois<br />

government and was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner last week. This<br />

bill will prevent nonviolent inmates from sitting in jail for years for misdemeanors<br />

just because they cannot afford the low bails that were set for them.<br />

This is a big deal not only for those who were and are experiencing this economic<br />

prejudice but for the taxpayers of Illinois who were spending millions to keep these<br />

people in our jails. This change will benefit Americans of all races – blacks, whites,<br />

latinos, asians, everyone. This is the first step of many to bettering our criminal justice<br />

system and ultimately, bettering our society as a whole. After talking with the<br />

families of incarcerated individuals and hearing their pain-soaked stories of economic<br />

struggle back in September of last year, I knew I needed to do all I could to help<br />

them.<br />

It was from these conversations that I came up with the idea for the Good Samaritan<br />

Bailout Project - an effort to pay the bond of nonviolent, misdemeanor offense individuals<br />

who simply did not have the means to pay their low bail. These inmates, who<br />

often couldn't even afford bail as low as $200, were unfairly spending years behind<br />

bars before being proven as guilty.<br />

With the help of hundreds of determined people just like you, we were able to get our<br />

state legislators to listen to our concerns. Senate Bill 552 transformed into Senate Bill<br />

2034, which passed both chambers of the Illinois government and was signed into<br />

law by Governor Bruce Rauner last week. This bill will prevent nonviolent inmates<br />

from sitting in jail for years for misdemeanors just because they cannot afford the low<br />

bails that were set for them.”<br />

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Recent changes to Illinois’ Child Support guidelines<br />

reinforce this priority of fathers as first and<br />

foremost a wallet. The new guidelines attempt to<br />

recognize children need, and want, a greater relationship<br />

with their father’s, how they go about<br />

expressing that recognition is somewhat suspect.<br />

According to the new guideline a father will pay<br />

full child support until the child spends more than<br />

145 overnights per year with Dad. At 146 overnights<br />

with Dad, the state will give Dad a significant<br />

break on child support. The formula begs the<br />

question of why 24 hours makes a child so much<br />

less expensive to raise.<br />

Throughout the child support industry this is<br />

known as the “cliff effect.” Effectively it means<br />

Dad, or sometimes Mom, but in all cases the “non<br />

-custodial” parent will have difficulty ever getting<br />

equal time with the kids because of the effect of<br />

money transfers from the paying parenting to the<br />

receiving parent. In the world of family law and<br />

child support agencies the idea of equality, on<br />

multiple levels, is non-existent.<br />

What drives this train however, is not necessarily<br />

the child’s best interest but the fact that states receive<br />

significant money from the federal government<br />

to operate child support programs. This<br />

money is not awarded to the state for keeping both<br />

parents engaged, it flows when one parent is effectively<br />

removed from the parenting equation.<br />

The inconvenient truth for divorced and never<br />

married parents is that government has monetized,<br />

politicized and criminalized the relationship between<br />

children and one of their parents, most often,<br />

their father.<br />

There are currently two systems in our society for<br />

parents who cannot afford to support their children.<br />

For custodial parents, primarily mothers,<br />

the government offers medical insurance assistance,<br />

housing assistance, cash assistance, food<br />

assistance, child care and education assistance.<br />

For non-custodial parents, primarily fathers, who<br />

cannot afford to support their children by paying<br />

child support, the government offers driver’s license<br />

revocation, wage garnishment, tax refund<br />

intercepts, interest on unpaid support balances,<br />

arrest and incarceration in debtors’ prison.<br />

Sadly, it is our children, and by extension society,<br />

who pay the price for these misguided policies.<br />

Social science research is overwhelmingly clear<br />

on this point. Children who have shared parenting,<br />

meaning both parents are engaged in their<br />

kids’ lives to the maximum extent possible, have<br />

better outcomes than children who are raised primarily<br />

in single parent headed households.<br />

This is not to say there are not children who turn<br />

out superbly well being raised by single parents.<br />

However, the data cannot be denied. Children<br />

who retain a significant relationship with BOTH<br />

parents, even when those parents are no longer<br />

together as a couple, do better academically, have<br />

higher employment rates, are less likely to use<br />

drugs, are less likely to commit suicide, are better<br />

at maintaining long term relationships, for girls –<br />

are less likely to become pregnant as teens –, and<br />

overall live longer lives.<br />

As we celebrate Dad this <strong>Fathers</strong>’ Day, let’s do<br />

something meaningful for the over 23 million kids<br />

in America who have no, or limited, contact with<br />

their fathers, let’s welcome Dad back into family<br />

life as an equal participant. <strong>Our</strong> kids need and<br />

deserve nothing less than a full relationship with<br />

him.<br />

Michael McCormick joined the ACFC board in 1998. His professional<br />

background developed in the financial services industry,<br />

working with nonprofit organizations in the area of corporate<br />

and member development, as well as community relationship<br />

building. McCormick acted as the primary spokesman for<br />

ACFC during the Elian Gonzalez situation. He has been interviewed<br />

extensively by the media regarding shared parenting.<br />

McCormick authored shared parenting bills and initiatives<br />

have been introduced in several states. He provides legislative<br />

testimony and has presented at multiple public policy and professional<br />

association gatherings. His commentary has been<br />

carried in numerous national publications.

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Funding for 32 Neighborhood Businesses Generated<br />

by Large Downtown Developments<br />

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City of <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>June</strong> 8, <strong>2017</strong>. Mayor<br />

Rahm Emanuel today announced a Chatham vegan restaurant, a North<br />

Lawndale plant nursery and a West Humboldt Park art gallery are among 32<br />

initial businesses to receive investments from the Neighborhood Opportunity<br />

Fund. Launched earlier this year, the initiative generates funding from<br />

downtown development projects to support commercial growth on <strong>Chicago</strong>’s<br />

south and west sides.<br />

“These investments are going to directly support neighborhood entrepreneurs<br />

on <strong>Chicago</strong>’s south, southwest and west sides,” Mayor Emanuel said.<br />

“But they will also expand quality food options, create neighborhood meeting<br />

places, support tech business growth, and generate new retail options. By<br />

linking growth downtown directly to growth in our neighborhoods we can<br />

ensure the entire city of <strong>Chicago</strong> thrives for generations to come.”<br />

The initial recipients were selected from more than 700 applications to the<br />

program, created by Mayor Emanuel through reforms to the City’s Zoning<br />

Code in the spring of 2016. Approval criteria involve a proposal’s ability to<br />

have a measureable, catalytic impact on a community or commercial corridor,<br />

based on the availability of similar goods or services and project feasibility,<br />

among other factors.<br />

Funding for the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund is generated from voluntary<br />

payments made by downtown development projects .The payments are<br />

in exchange for density bonuses that allow developers to exceed zoning limits<br />

for a specific development site. Eighty percent of the payments are applied<br />

to the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for distribution to eligible projects<br />

within the West and South sides. The remainder is split in support of<br />

infrastructure improvements downtown and improvements to landmark<br />

buildings across the city.<br />

Approximately $3.2 million will be distributed to the first round of recipients,<br />

to support projects including:<br />

Build-out of Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream at 56 E. 47th St.<br />

in Bronzeville<br />

Expansion of Garifuna Flava Caribbean restaurant at 2516 W. 63rd St. in<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Lawn<br />

Purchase and rehab of Original Soul Vegetarian restaurant at 203 E. 75th<br />

St. in Chatham<br />

Renovation the family-owned grocery store Carniceria La Hacienda at<br />

5<strong>15</strong>9 S. Kedzie Ave., in Gage Park<br />

Purchase, rehab and expansion of Ambassador Floral at 11045 S. Halsted<br />

St. in Roseland<br />

Renovation of theater space at the West Austin Development Center at<br />

4920 W. Madison St. in Austin<br />

Establishment of a second location for Brown Sugar Bakery at 4800 W.<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Ave.<br />

Purchase and build-out of a second location for Ivory Dental at 8344 S.<br />

Halsted St.<br />

Establishment of a new office for media-tech marketing company Digital<br />

Factory Technologies at 7400 S. Stony Island Ave.<br />

Eligible costs for Neighborhood Opportunity Fund grants include property<br />

acquisition and rehabilitation, small business training, and local hiring subsidies.<br />

Up to 65 percent of total project costs are eligible for funding through<br />

the program. Grants that exceed $250,000 require City Council approval.<br />

Project eligibility is limited to low-to-moderate income areas. The program<br />

is administered by the Department of Planning and Development.<br />

“The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund generates critical support for retail<br />

and commercial projects in neighborhoods that need them,” Planning Commissioner<br />

David Reifman said. “That means more jobs, goods and services<br />

that create a foundation for more public and private investment and stability.”<br />

A complete list of projects and more information is available at<br />

www.neighborhoodopportunityfund.com.<br />


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“I had an abstract and paper accepted for presentation at<br />

a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and I went to<br />

different departments looking for support for travel<br />

there. It was such a huge opportunity. I told Dr. Robinson<br />

what I needed, and without batting an eye he said<br />

‘yes, ‘ and it was done,” she said. “Through that opportunity,<br />

I was able to receive a Fulbright fellowship, and<br />

it was life-changing. I spent seven to eight months in<br />

Nigeria conducting research and teaching collegiate<br />

level students.”<br />

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Anderson, who completed two engineering fellowships<br />

in California, including the Nuclear Science and Security<br />

Consortium Summer Fellowship at the University of<br />

California, explained how her experience at FAMU empowered<br />

her to embrace her culture and who she is as a<br />

scholar.<br />

Three Female FAMU Doctoral Graduates<br />

Break Barriers in Engineering<br />

“The most important thing that FAMU has taught me is<br />

confidence in myself. My education process from middle<br />

school all the way up to my bachelor’s was at predominantly<br />

White institutions where I felt like the odd<br />

one out in honors classes, gifted classes and Advanced<br />

Placement classes,” she said. “At FAMU, I felt like ‘I<br />

am actually supposed to be here, ‘ and everyone is on<br />

equal footing, not just skin color wise but also education<br />

wise.”<br />

(Black PR Wire) (FAMU NEWS) According to the<br />

National Science Foundation (NSF), minority women<br />

comprise fewer than 1 in 10 scientists and engineers in<br />

the United States. Studies from researchers around the<br />

world reveal that one antidote to this disparity is to ensure<br />

there are more role models in underrepresented<br />

communities.<br />

Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) female doctoral<br />

students, who are also best friends, recently received<br />

their doctorates in engineering. They endured<br />

setbacks, including the loss of a classmate and overcame<br />

financial hurdles to ensure that they join the next generation<br />

of engineering leaders who will help close that gap.<br />

On April 29, Miami native and Fulbright Scholar<br />

Renee Gordon received her doctorate of philosophy in<br />

mechanical engineering; Miami Beach native and Winifred<br />

Burks-Houck Professional Leadership awardee<br />

Shannon Anderson received her doctorate of philosophy<br />

in civil engineering, with a concentration in environmental<br />

engineering; and Birmingham, Alabama native<br />

and NSF International Research Experiences grantee<br />

Marcella Carnes received her doctorate of philosophy in<br />

civil engineering with a concentration in structures.<br />

Each earned their doctorate degrees under the guidance<br />

of FAMU’s School of Graduate Studies and Research<br />

and through support as participants in the FAMU-FSU<br />

College of Engineering Title III Funding Program. They<br />

are considering next steps including job offers and research<br />

opportunities. In the meantime, Gordon and<br />

Anderson will spend the summer teaching and helping<br />

to recruit the next generation of engineering students,<br />

while Carnes prepares for her wedding.<br />

“We realize that we’re breaking barriers when it comes<br />

to minorities and also women in STEM fields,” Gordon<br />

said. “I feel like it’s really important for our young<br />

Black and Brown boys and girls to know that they can<br />

aspire to be whatever they want to be including engineers.”<br />

Carnes added, “I feel proud to be an African-American<br />

woman in the STEM fields. There’s not that many of us<br />

(women). We’ve been challenged because STEM is<br />

male dominated, (but) we are examples of the things that<br />

you can set your mind toward and finish. We are no<br />

longer ‘Hidden Figures.’ We have definitely been revealed.”<br />

In addition to inspiring the next generation to break barriers,<br />

the trio wants to encourage them to pursue careers<br />

that will improve our way of life. They say the best<br />

place to develop a career that makes a difference is at<br />

FAMU.<br />

“Not only did we receive the financial support, but we<br />

also received emotional support; we received the bond<br />

that we share in this community and a family that’s<br />

striving to achieve the same goal. We have a shoulder to<br />

lean on when we feel like we can’t move on,” said<br />

Carnes, who also enjoyed unique opportunities when she<br />

studied abroad in Poland as a part of a program that allowed<br />

her to study civil engineering at campuses in four<br />

countries.<br />

Gordon expressed the important role that mentors like<br />

her major professor Peter Kalu, Ph.D., and the engineering<br />

school’s Title III Director Reginald Perry, Ph.D.,<br />

played in her successful matriculation.<br />

“FAMU’s programs have been a tremendous help in<br />

assisting us both academically and professionally. The<br />

faculty and staff have been amazing,” she said.<br />

Gordon also recalled a time when FAMU’s Interim<br />

President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., personally stepped in<br />

to help her complete an important component of her<br />

research experience.<br />

The women agree that confidence helped the trio work<br />

through system crashes, equipment failure, multiple trials<br />

and errors, and even with overcoming tragedy, as<br />

they all worked toward the finish line of their education.<br />

In 2014, they suddenly lost colleague Tarra M. Beach,<br />

an environmental engineering doctoral candidate. She<br />

passed away before she received her doctorate. Her goal<br />

was to “contribute to the sustainability of the environment<br />

and work on STEM education with underrepresented<br />

children.”<br />

“She would have been the first woman to graduate with<br />

her engineering Ph.D., from the Title III program at<br />

FAMU. So, we were next in line to just follow her example,<br />

her dedication, her passion and drive,” Anderson<br />

said.<br />

Beach’s legacy helped motivate the young women to<br />

complete their goals.<br />

“Losing Tarra was very hard. She was driven toward<br />

education. She was so close to finishing and to know<br />

someone worked that hard and not necessarily reaped<br />

that benefit was emotionally draining for us,” Carnes<br />

said. “But it also let us know we are blessed to be here<br />

and that we can move on. Her legacy is that she believed<br />

in education and through us, and all women, she is here.<br />

Through our eyes, she has her Ph.D., because she was<br />

such a scholar.”<br />

Gordon explained the loss of Beach and earning a degree<br />

in a field where women and ethnic minorities are underrepresented<br />

taught her and her friends the lesson of a<br />

lifetime: nothing is impossible when you persevere.<br />

“It was tough, but we had each other. We stayed connected.<br />

Just keep on going. Be determined. Be persistent,”<br />

Gordon said.<br />

A video about this inspirational story is available on<br />

YouTube.com.<br />

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