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ROCK ‘N ROLL<br />


Chuck Berry made it possible.<br />

— Page 9<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

February <strong>2017</strong><br />

Open Call For Artwork<br />

and Essays From <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

High School Students.<br />

— Page 3<br />

Ron Carter<br />

The Artist<br />

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— Page 13<br />

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PRO / <strong>TRUMP</strong> /CON<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Speaks!<br />

<strong>April</strong> <strong>14</strong>, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Volume 23 No. 1<br />

Got an event coming<br />

up? CSJ <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

Event’s Calendar<br />

— Page 4<br />

45th President <strong>of</strong> the United States Donald J. Trump<br />


My maternal grandpa, James Franklin King, grew up in<br />

the breathtaking mountains <strong>of</strong> West Virginia. They are<br />

now to be removed for the coal beneath them. To trade<br />

the prettiest looking countryside on the Earth just to burn<br />

the rock beneath and blanket the blue sky with carbondioxide<br />

that heats up the planet is stupidity multiplied by<br />

the power <strong>of</strong> greed. POTUS 45 signifies both <strong>of</strong> these<br />

characteristics.<br />

While other successful economies like China’s and Germany’s<br />

backed their solar power and wind efforts, each<br />

nudging the other’s lead in photovoltaic production, the<br />

home <strong>of</strong> the solar cell, USA, is now lead by a solar illiterate.<br />

There are even photovoltaic cells made with carbon<br />

graphene and batteries, that instead <strong>of</strong> burning carbon<br />

nano-engineer the material to yield non-polluting<br />

energy. You can’t obtain graphene from the carbon <strong>of</strong><br />

coal if you burn it!<br />

The 21st century is passing by the USA, which is imprisoned<br />

in Trumpland. Trumped voters are awakening to<br />

the dumbest ballot they’ve ever tossed. Thuggery and<br />

non-empathetic emotionalism will be all they will be<br />

known for. Reality is always stated in reverse, while<br />

science education is ditched. In single strokes <strong>of</strong> his<br />

weaponized pen, POTUS 45 has destroyed education,<br />

solutions to homelessness, made the country sick again,<br />

destroyed the work <strong>of</strong> scientists and technicians dedicated<br />

to renewable energy, derailed our future, and<br />

drowned his wealthy friends in tax-breaks they don’t<br />

need or deserve.<br />

For a city-dweller like me, technically homeless, dependent<br />

on Obamacare, SSI and what few government<br />

programs that are left, it’s like living in Madrid back<br />

when Generalissimo Franco had it surrounded with four<br />

fascist columns, and I’m wondering where’s the fifth.<br />

Dread and shock <strong>of</strong> Trump’s awesome blunders and<br />

brutality haunt me in my 65th spin around the sun.<br />


Regional VP<br />

National Federation <strong>of</strong> Federal Employees<br />

I have been representing federal employees <strong>of</strong> the executive<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice for over 35 year, as an <strong>of</strong>ficer <strong>of</strong> the National<br />

Federation <strong>of</strong> Federal Employees, and must express<br />

alarm over the personnel policies and practices under<br />

consideration by President Trump, to be applied nationwide.<br />

The federal government, it should be noted, is not a TV<br />

show.<br />

At one time the federal government was considered to be<br />

the premiere employer in the country. Positions are<br />

competitively sourced, and it takes three years for someone<br />

to achieve full career status. This appears to be<br />

changing under Trump.<br />

While the federal workforce is accustomed to changes<br />

with a new President in <strong>of</strong>fice, this White House has<br />

distinguished itself by declaring itself at war with it’s<br />

own personnel. References to civil service as some sort<br />

<strong>of</strong> “swamp” is not a pr<strong>of</strong>essional assessment <strong>of</strong> agency<br />

personnel.<br />

At the same time the White House operation is riven<br />

with disorder, President Trump has appointed his son-inlaw<br />

to “fix government,” who promises to “run it like a<br />

company.” This implies that federal agencies are presently<br />

dysfunctional, staffed by the incompetent, and that<br />

private sector firms are the common standard <strong>of</strong> achievement.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> the initial recommendations is that employees<br />

ask for a cut in pay in order to keep their jobs.<br />

One can engage in criticism <strong>of</strong> how government is run at<br />

the federal (and state and local levels), and cite examples.<br />

But, for every example, there is a counterexample,<br />

and one never arrives at the truth. Seniors get<br />

their checks each month, food is safe to eat and passports<br />

issued, millions <strong>of</strong> times, month after month, without<br />

incident.<br />

Continued on Page 4<br />

Nickel Bags or is that<br />

Dime Bags?<br />

— Page 6<br />

The Real Organizer <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Bus Boycott.<br />

— Page 7<br />

How to<br />

become an<br />

"extra" in<br />

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

Spiritual<br />

Health.<br />

Andre Bellos<br />

— Page 9<br />

Frances Beth Harris<br />

— Page 10<br />

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Colony Five<br />

On March 30 Colony 5 launched its Civic Tech<br />

Initiative with a breakfast at <strong>Chicago</strong>’s Micros<strong>of</strong>t<br />

Technology Center located in the AON facility<br />

on Randolph with more than 150 people in<br />

attendance. The speakers included Corliss King<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the Co-founders <strong>of</strong> Colony 5, Danielle<br />

DuMerer, Chief Technology Officer, City <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> and Adam Hecktman, Director <strong>of</strong> Technology<br />

& Civic Innovation at Micros<strong>of</strong>t.<br />

The theme for Colony 5’s <strong>2017</strong> campaign is<br />

“Giving Distressed Communities a Seat at the<br />

High Tech Table.”<br />

According to Steven C.<br />

Philpott, CEO XtraMedium<br />

and Colony 5 C<strong>of</strong>ounder,<br />

“Everyone<br />

benefits when we reach<br />

into distressed communities, develop the talent<br />

found there and bring them to the table able to<br />

compete in the marketplace on their own terms.”<br />

During the event, under the direction <strong>of</strong> C<strong>of</strong>ounder<br />

Philip Fairweather, attendees were<br />

asked “How can high-tech initiatives best connect<br />

and work with distressed communities?”<br />

Their responses were filmed in preparation for<br />

an upcoming documentary to be produced by<br />

Colony 5.<br />

Colony 5 has created a Civic Tech Entrepreneurship<br />

strategy capable <strong>of</strong> building and supporting<br />

a robust pipeline <strong>of</strong> tech-enabled businesses led<br />

by residents <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>’s distressed communities.<br />

The event was sponsored by Reyes Technologies,<br />

Comcast NBC Universal and Micros<strong>of</strong>t.<br />

They’ve recently launched their website at:<br />

www.ColonyFive.com. Subscribe for information<br />

on their upcoming CivicTech Challenge and<br />

the Colony 5 Incubator Initiative.<br />

Top Salaries 2016: City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

Here's a look at top individual salaries for<br />

the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> from 2016. You can dig<br />

deeper into various agencies on the BGA's<br />

Payroll Database, a free portal that includes<br />

salary information on public-sector employees<br />

throughout Illinois.<br />

$300,000: Aviation commissioner<br />

$216,210: Mayor<br />

$260,000: Police superintendent<br />

$197,724: First deputy superintendent<br />

$185,364: Police chiefs<br />

$170,112: Deputy chief<br />

$202,728: Fire commissioner<br />

$197,736: Deputy fire commissioner<br />

$250,000: CPS Chief executive <strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

$225,000: CPS Senior vice president<br />

<strong>of</strong> finance<br />

$195,000: CPS Chief administrative<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

$195,000: Chief education <strong>of</strong>ficer —<br />

City colleges<br />

$256,250: Chancellor<br />

$183,859: Chief financial <strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

$178,607: Executive vice chancellor —<br />

fire<br />

$202,728: Fire commissioner<br />

$197,736: FIRST Deputy fire commissioner<br />

$187,680: Deputy FIRE commissionerS<br />

$185,352: Assistant deputy fire commissioners<br />

Comments at City Council Meetings<br />

Circuit Court Judge Diane J. Larsen ruled in December<br />

that you, yes, YOU <strong>Chicago</strong>, will have<br />

the “Right to Speak” at full City Council meetings.<br />

The lawsuit was filed last July by Andy Thayer<br />

and Rick Garcia citing the city’s violation <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Open Meetings Act.<br />

The Mayor and Aldermen, who were elected to<br />

serve the citizens <strong>of</strong> this city, will now be required<br />

to listen to the public’s input on decisions<br />

that affect their well-being and futures.<br />

Stay tuned. We predict that things are about to<br />

get very interesting at those City Council meetings.<br />

Will you be there?<br />

Remember being a high school senior and how it was then the most<br />

exciting time <strong>of</strong> your life? Well, it’s the same for high school seniors today<br />

across the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>. And <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong> (CSJ) is excited to<br />

announce that it will dedicate and entire issue to the city’s most important<br />

citizens. Our youth!<br />

In that last CSJ publication for July <strong>2017</strong>, we will feature the original,<br />

unpublished art and essays <strong>of</strong> high school students from the <strong>Chicago</strong>land<br />

area.<br />

Theme: “How I see myself and my city in 10 years.” After all, they are the<br />

future leaders <strong>of</strong> this city. So why not let them have some input on the<br />

future <strong>of</strong> the city.<br />

The rules for submission:<br />

Call for entries May 1, <strong>2017</strong> to June 15, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Submissions must be made by a public or private school teacher.<br />

(This includes those who are home-schooled. No student submissions<br />

will be accepted.)<br />

Students <strong>of</strong> any age are welcomed to submit their work.<br />

Essays are limited to 800 words and must be submitted in Micros<strong>of</strong>t<br />

Word form, ready for publication. (Student’s image should be<br />

included.) Art pieces may be <strong>of</strong> any media or style. (Cameraready<br />

submissions only.)<br />

Only one submission will be accepted.<br />

Follow CSJ on Twitter @<strong>Chicago</strong><strong>Street</strong>Jo and watch for details.<br />

We’re looking forward to the participation <strong>of</strong> our most gifted writers and<br />

artists. Please spread the word.<br />

For the 2019 Mayor election word is the<br />

west side will be driving a Ford down<br />

Madison <strong>Street</strong> to City Hall or the south<br />

side will be Dunkin toward the loop,<br />

and even having summer in the winter<br />

election with City Treasurer Kurt<br />

Summers. However, there is a petition<br />

being circulated that states William<br />

Calloway For Mayor! The 26 year-old film student at<br />

the Illinois Institute <strong>of</strong> Art-<strong>Chicago</strong>, who had been organizing, heard<br />

about the Laquan McDonald video, and was determined<br />

to uncover the account executed by CPD. Calloway lives<br />

in the South Shore neighborhood. If not<br />

for the efforts <strong>of</strong> Calloway and journalist<br />

Brandon Smith, video <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> Police<br />

Officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 fatal<br />

shots at Laquan might still be in the hands<br />

<strong>of</strong> investigators and attorneys, and not<br />

the public.<br />

F or those who remember Beauty Turner <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Ghetto Tours, will Jeff Baker soon be picking up the<br />

torch <strong>of</strong> the legendary “Hey Love” and “I am a writer<br />

and a fighter” Turner spirit with Black Beauty Tours?<br />

Word is that he is targeting the tourism industry.<br />

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PRO /<strong>TRUMP</strong> /CON<br />

Statistically, the total number <strong>of</strong> federal<br />

employees is about what it was when Eisenhower<br />

was President. During that period,<br />

many new functions have been undertaken,<br />

while the workforce has remained the<br />

same. In Illinois, for example, the number<br />

<strong>of</strong> federal employees in fact has gone down<br />

significantly.<br />

During my career, I have worked with many<br />

newly elected <strong>of</strong>ficials and political appointees<br />

from the “outside” or private sector<br />

who were intelligent individuals, but who<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten totally lacked any government experience,<br />

and were somewhat lost or overwhelmed<br />

when it came to their administrative<br />

duties. Some acclimated quickly, while<br />

others never did. Fortunately, there was a<br />

core <strong>of</strong> "insiders" who were able to keep the<br />

agencies operating without incident. President<br />

Trump should perhaps value the individuals<br />

who can efficiently operate this<br />

nation.<br />


Be careful what you ask for. Voters asked<br />

for Donald Trump and they got the reality<br />

star and business man. Trump’s time in<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice is nearing 100 days, leaving voters<br />

scratching their heads and wondering what<br />

the hell happened. During the campaign,<br />

Mr. Trump talked a good game. He had<br />

starry eyed Conservatives, die hard Republicans<br />

and a few disillusioned Liberals believing<br />

he was their great white hope; the<br />

only man who could single handedly make<br />

America great again. He was going to replace<br />

and repeal Obamacare and provide a<br />

more affordable healthcare option that<br />

would work for all <strong>of</strong> America’s people.<br />

The bill was ill prepared by an over confident<br />

speaker <strong>of</strong> the house, Paul Ryan. For<br />

seven years, Republicans had been talking<br />

the talk and when time came to deliver, they<br />

failed to walk the walk.<br />

Exactly what has president Donald Trump<br />

accomplished within the span <strong>of</strong> his 100<br />

days? He’s detained legal Immigrants at<br />

airports and separated children from their<br />

parents. He’s insulted blacks in inner city<br />

communities, taken away important funding<br />

to women and children health, taken ceremonial<br />

lands from the legacy <strong>of</strong> Indian nations,<br />

for the sake <strong>of</strong> a pipeline, rebuked<br />

environmental changes, told lies about former<br />

president Barack Obama, placed fear<br />

into the minds <strong>of</strong> journalists, selected<br />

known racists to head important his governmental<br />

<strong>of</strong>fices and thinks Putin is his next<br />

best friend. This president keeps his tax<br />

returns hidden, hands out governmental<br />

positions to clueless family members, takes<br />

food out <strong>of</strong> underprivileged school children<br />

mouths and threaten to take away much<br />

needed funding <strong>of</strong> cities that provide sanctuary<br />

to illegal immigrants, if they fail to<br />

comply with government demands.<br />

Donald Trump holds the <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>of</strong> our 45 th<br />

President. Sadly, this isn’t Saturday Night<br />

Live and I’m not laughing.<br />


Abortion is a heavy subject, for the last<br />

sixty years or so we’ve seen great strides in<br />

the right for women to choose like Roe<br />

v.Wade and Planned Parenthood. However,<br />

in recent years there has been a more popular<br />

movement that strings from the right:<br />

defunding Planned Parenthood so that taxpayers<br />

do not subsidize an organization that<br />

provides abortions. Now, while anyone who<br />

does a small amount <strong>of</strong> research will find<br />

that technically Planned Parenthood is not<br />

allowed to use tax payers' money to fund<br />

the abortions they provide, it is being argued<br />

that Christian taxpayers are nonetheless<br />

providing a space where abortion can<br />

be performed without any say in the matter,<br />

which is problematic due to their pro-life<br />

stance.<br />

I am a female, I believe in liberty and freedom,<br />

and I believe women have the right to<br />

choose. It is not the job <strong>of</strong> the government<br />

to dictate what a woman can do with her<br />

body, whether she wants to prostitute or<br />

terminate her pregnancy. The government,<br />

in all aspects <strong>of</strong> life, should play a very<br />

limited role. Keep the government out <strong>of</strong><br />

my uterus or bring the government into<br />

foster care. Whether or not we like to think<br />

about it, babies who aren’t aborted could<br />

very well end up in an abusive foster home<br />

or living a life <strong>of</strong> desperation, not to say that<br />

plenty don’t end up just fine though. Having<br />

a child is a big responsibility, and many<br />

cannot handle it. There is no shame in that,<br />

but who is Big Brother to tell us that we<br />

have no other choice but to try and do so?<br />

With that being said, I do not believe that<br />

Planned Parenthood should be subsidized<br />

by taxpayers. To start with, it’s important<br />

for people to understand that the tax-payer<br />

money that goes to Planned Parenthood is<br />

not specifically designated for them. Rather,<br />

Planned Parenthood, which is still nonetheless<br />

provided money by the government,<br />

gets reimbursements from Medicaid and<br />

Title X, which then pays for its services.<br />

However, Medicaid is funded by the taxpayers,<br />

just as every single other government<br />

program is. I don’t think most Conservatives<br />

have an issue with their money being<br />

used to have HIV tests done or STD<br />

checks performed, however there is an issue<br />

when their money is being used for something<br />

that goes against their religious beliefs.<br />

For some Christians, birth control is<br />

basically a means <strong>of</strong> abortion, as it stops the<br />

conception <strong>of</strong> life. It is not fair for people to<br />

forcefully have to pay for something that<br />

directly contradicts their religious beliefs, I<br />

mean isn’t that what we have a first amendment<br />

for? While Planned Parenthood is<br />

legally not allowed to use tax payers money<br />

to provide abortions, without Medicaid<br />

reimbursing them for all their other service<br />

they’d likely never have enough money to<br />

stay open. According to Planned Parenthood’s<br />

2013-20<strong>14</strong> Annual Report, they<br />

receive upwards <strong>of</strong> five-hundred million<br />

dollars, a collection <strong>of</strong> federal, state, and<br />

local government money. Conservatives,<br />

like myself, have a hard time understanding<br />

why we have to bear the responsibility <strong>of</strong><br />

paying for an organization that provides<br />

services that completely contradict what<br />

Christians believe in. There should be religious<br />

exemptions at this point, if you’re a<br />

Christian who is pro-life then you should be<br />

afforded the right to choose whether or not<br />

your hard earned money is paying for something<br />

that you would never pay for.<br />

I support Christians in their fight to defund<br />

Planned Parenthood, and I support Mike<br />

Pence. I also support the women who<br />

choose to have an abortion, I support the<br />

doctors that perform this procedure, and I<br />

emotionally support organizations that help<br />

to provide such care. However, economically<br />

speaking, I do not support these organizations<br />

nor doctors. It’s morals vs. politics.<br />

I lean right, while I personally don’t<br />

like abortions, I have no right to tell someone<br />

what they can or can’t do with their<br />

body, which is why I am pro-choice. I side<br />

with the Constitution, our first amendment,<br />

and our religious freedom. Abortion goes<br />

against the teachings <strong>of</strong> the Church, and if<br />

followers <strong>of</strong> said Church don’t want to be<br />

part <strong>of</strong> something that directly contradicts<br />

their morals and beliefs then I stand beside<br />

them, using the first amendment as their<br />

validation.<br />

Send all <strong>of</strong> your PRO /<strong>TRUMP</strong> /<br />

CON editorials to CSJ at <strong>Chicago</strong>St-<br />

<strong>Journal</strong>@gmail.com.<br />

In <strong>Chicago</strong> and<br />

across the country,<br />

Saturday, <strong>April</strong> 22<br />

is Red, Black,<br />

Clean and Green<br />

and Day.<br />

Justice Or Else<br />

Local Organizing<br />

Committees invites<br />

you, to be the mean<br />

cleaning machine<br />

on your block. Join<br />

one <strong>of</strong> your community<br />

organizations,<br />

such as The<br />

Black Star Project<br />

or gather together<br />

your neighbors and<br />

get mean and green.<br />

When we look<br />

around our communities<br />

on the day<br />

after, we should see<br />

a difference in our<br />

efforts. MAKE US<br />

PROUD CHI-<br />

TOWN. Why? Because<br />

that’s how we<br />

roll!<br />

Get ready to<br />

save lives! Advocacy<br />

Day At The<br />

Capitol. Wednesday,<br />

May 10. Join<br />

the march on<br />

Springfield to save<br />

women’s lives.<br />

Illinois Governor<br />

Rauner has proposed<br />

to cut 50% <strong>of</strong><br />

the funding for<br />

breast and cervical<br />

cancer screenings<br />

and treatments for<br />

uninsured and underinsured<br />

women.<br />

Your financial<br />

status SHOULD<br />

NOT be the determining<br />

factor in<br />

needed life or death<br />

medical treatments.<br />

Not in <strong>Chicago</strong>, the<br />

State <strong>of</strong> Illinois or<br />

the world! Visit<br />

www.<strong>Chicago</strong>Brea<br />

stCancer.org/<br />

AdvocacyDay/ or<br />

call 312-942-0335<br />

for information.<br />


SENIORS. Exclusively<br />

US Celebration!<br />

Age<br />

Friendly presents a<br />

Celebration <strong>of</strong><br />

Seniors.<br />

“Changing the<br />

Way… We Age!<br />

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Rosenwalk<br />

Dedicated<br />

Alderman Dowell Celebrates<br />

Historic Grand Opening <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Rosenwald Courts Apartments.<br />

Fulfilling a promise she made when<br />

first elected, Alderman Pat Dowell<br />

hosted the historic grand opening <strong>of</strong><br />

the new Rosenwald Courts Apartments<br />

located on 47th <strong>Street</strong> between<br />

Michigan Ave. and Wabash<br />

Ave. Vacant since 2000, the Rosenwald<br />

was home to such African-<br />

American luminaries as the poet<br />

Gwendolyn Brooks, boxer Joe Lewis,<br />

music producer Quincy Jones and<br />

singer Nat "King" Cole.<br />

The building was originally developed<br />

in 1929 by Julius Rosenwald,<br />

President <strong>of</strong> Sears Roebuck & Company,<br />

as housing for African-<br />

American residents during the time<br />

<strong>of</strong> strict segregation. The renovated<br />

Rosenwald Courts Apartments now<br />

boasts 239 updated one- and twobedroom<br />

units for seniors and families.<br />

Additionally, the building contains<br />

thousands <strong>of</strong> square feet <strong>of</strong> retail<br />

space on the first floor, with prospective<br />

tenants including: Sip and<br />

Savor, Illinois Service Federal Bank,<br />

Michelle's Old Fashioned Ice Cream<br />

and a small grocery store.<br />

Thank you to everyone who made<br />

this wonderful project possible.<br />

Thank you to Mayor Rahm Emanuel<br />

and the entire team at the Department<br />

<strong>of</strong> Planning and Development<br />

for their hard work, Eugene Jones<br />

CEO <strong>of</strong> the CHA, David Roos and<br />

Jim Bergman - the developers <strong>of</strong> this<br />

great building - and their development<br />

teams at Iceberg Development,<br />

Evercore Cos, RCAP LP, the Lightengale<br />

Group and Roos Enterprises<br />

Inc., community activist Bobbie<br />

Johnson and the countless others<br />

who made this dream a reality.

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Black Owned Ride-<br />

Sharing App to Compete<br />

with Uber, Lyft in U.S.<br />

and Abroad<br />

With the immense success <strong>of</strong> companies like Uber and Lyft, ridesharing<br />

technology has boomed into a multi-billion dollar industry<br />

within the past decade.<br />

Now a new platform is looking to stake its claim in the marketplace.<br />

Moovn is a ride-hailing mobile application founded by Godwin<br />

Gabriel. The app currently operates in 7 U.S. cities (Washington,<br />

DC, <strong>Chicago</strong>, IL, Boston, MA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, San<br />

Francisco, CA, New York, NY) and 1 city in Africa (Dar-Es-<br />

Salaam, TZ), with plans to rapidly expand in both Western and<br />

emerging markets.<br />

In a recent interview with UrbanGeekz, Gabriel explains how he<br />

taught himself how to code, in order to launch the beta version <strong>of</strong><br />

his app. Saying his beta launch was “amateurish at best,” he goes on<br />

to explain how the platform transformed into what it is today:<br />

“It wasn’t until we received investor backing that I was able to hire<br />

and collaborate with a team <strong>of</strong> seasoned developers to transform the<br />

platform into what we have today.”<br />

When asked what his biggest challenges are, he says, “The market,<br />

for the most part, is currently being dominated by Uber and Lyft<br />

with these companies enjoying the benefits <strong>of</strong> having first mover<br />

advantage with the transportation technology space. However,<br />

we’re confident that the global market remains sizable enough for<br />

all <strong>of</strong> us to fit in and play.”<br />

Considering the rise <strong>of</strong> smartphone usage across the continent <strong>of</strong><br />

Africa, operating there seems to be a good business strategy. It’s<br />

also a market that hasn’t been explored by the big brands in the<br />

industry.<br />

CHICAGO — The city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> has begin charging<br />

people a tax for each bag they use to haul groceries and<br />

other items purchased at retailers in the city. But while<br />

the tax will produce income for the city, it remains to be<br />

seen how much the tax will actually do to reduce the<br />

number <strong>of</strong> plastic bags <strong>Chicago</strong>ans use - a major selling<br />

point for such taxes in <strong>Chicago</strong> and other locales.<br />

Some <strong>of</strong> the biggest cities in the United States<br />

have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on<br />

plastic bags under the guise <strong>of</strong> environmentalism.<br />

Plastic bag fees are merely a stealth tax hike that<br />

disproportionately hits families that go grocery<br />

shopping more frequently.<br />

Reusable bags tend to be unsanitary, which<br />

causes major problems when they’re being used to<br />

tote fresh produce and other groceries. A study in<br />

the journal Food Protection Trends found that food<br />

-borne illnesses could skyrocket with the increased<br />

adoption <strong>of</strong> reusable bags.<br />

The study found that 99 percent <strong>of</strong> reusable bags<br />

tested contained bacteria; the figure was 0 percent<br />

in new bags, or single-use plastic bags. These bacteria<br />

were frequently dangerous, with E. Coli being<br />

shockingly common in reusable bags.<br />

So <strong>Chicago</strong>’s bag nannies are taking your money<br />

under false pretenses, spending it on something<br />

unrelated to its stated purposes, failing to solve the<br />

problem they claim they’re addressing, and possibly<br />

making you sick in the process.<br />

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion budget passed<br />

with unanimous support <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Chicago</strong> City Council on<br />

Nov. 16, including a tax on consumers for paper and<br />

plastic bags.<br />

The 7-cent bag tax on plastic and paper bags at the<br />

grocery store — or at any <strong>Chicago</strong> store without reusable<br />

bags — follows efforts around the country to change<br />

consumer behavior and reduce waste and harmful environmental<br />

impact. Consumers can avoid paying the tax<br />

by bringing their own reusable bags, thereby keeping<br />

plastic and paper substitutes out <strong>of</strong> landfills.<br />

At the same time, retailers receive 2 cents every time<br />

the tax is levied and the rest goes to the city. The average<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> resident uses 500 plastic bags a year, totaling<br />

1.3 billion for the whole city, according to environmental<br />

experts.<br />

The tax reverses a partial ban that went into effect<br />

more than a year ago. The ban required large retailers to<br />

replace thin plastic bags with thicker ones that are designed<br />

to be reused. But consumers weren’t reusing the<br />

bags, which are more expensive to make.<br />

But<br />

some policy experts aren’t convinced the new measure<br />

will be any more effective than the last one.<br />

Kevin Glass, policy director for the Franklin Center<br />

for Government and Public Integrity, told the Cook<br />

County Record that assessments <strong>of</strong> plastic bag taxes in<br />

other cities have shown they may not have the environmental<br />

impact public <strong>of</strong>ficials hope for.<br />

“I have no doubt that they’re put forward with good<br />

intentions, but, you know, the numbers show that they’re<br />

largely ineffective on the environmental aspect <strong>of</strong> their<br />

justification,” Glass said, citing a Washington Post review<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Washington, D.C.’s 5-cent tax heralded as a<br />

way to clean up the Anacostia River. The review found<br />

that more <strong>of</strong> the money put in the Anacostia River Clean<br />

Up and Protection Fund was used for school field trips<br />

and worker salaries than for cleanup projects on the<br />

river.<br />

Additionally, taxes that have been put in place on<br />

various levels in states like California, Texas and Virginia,<br />

among others, haven’t proven to change consumer<br />

behavior, Glass said. Another unexpected downside<br />

could be the reusable bags encouraged as substitutes,<br />

which public health experts have said could pose a risk<br />

because <strong>of</strong> the germs they carry.<br />

Tax rates vary among http://s3.amazonaws.com/ssu<br />

s a / c o m p a n i e s / M z Q y M z Q 1 s w Q A / u p l o a d s /<br />

AC_Green_Logo.jpgthose who have put them in place.<br />

Washington, D.C., charges less than the new rate in <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

but some charge much more. Some, like the Better<br />

Government Association, have publicly criticized the<br />

few cents the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> settled on because it’s<br />

unlikely to actually deter shoppers from using plastic<br />

bags, making the tax just another revenue stream for the<br />

city. The city expects to bring in $12.9 million from the<br />

tax next year.<br />

Glass said he thinks the mayor’s intentions are genuine,<br />

but he said the few cents per bag will add up for low<br />

-income shoppers, who may be disproportionately affected<br />

by the charge. He said he believes neither a ban<br />

nor a tax has enough <strong>of</strong> an upside to be worthwhile.<br />

“It’s a surprisingly complicated issue, but the downsides,<br />

I think, across the board, really outweigh the upsides,”<br />

Glass said. “This is an evolution <strong>of</strong> what <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

has been trying to do. And they’ve obviously failed multiple<br />

times before at what they’re aiming for. I just worry<br />

that they’re going to try over and over again to restructure<br />

or reorient how they’re either taxing or prohibiting<br />

bags and none <strong>of</strong> it’s going to see the upside they’re<br />

really searching for.”<br />

Sources: http://watchdog.org, cookcountyrecord.com<br />

According to Forbes Magazine in 2016 there were 1,810<br />

billionaires with a net worth <strong>of</strong> $6.5 trillion.

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The Real organizer <strong>of</strong> the Bus Boycott<br />

E.D. Nixon: The Forgotten Hero<br />

Edgar Daniel Nixon (July 12, 1899 – February<br />

25, 1987), known as E. D. Nixon, was a<br />

civil rights leader and union organizer in Alabama<br />

who played a crucial role in organizing<br />

the landmark Montgomery Bus Boycott there<br />

in 1955. The boycott highlighted the issues <strong>of</strong><br />

segregation in the South, was upheld for more<br />

than a year by black residents, and nearly<br />

brought the city-owned bus system to bankruptcy.<br />

It ended in December 1956, after the<br />

United States Supreme Court ruled in the<br />

related case, Browder v. Gayle (1956), that the<br />

local and state laws were unconstitutional, and<br />

ordered the state to end bus segregation.<br />

Nixon was president <strong>of</strong> the local chapter <strong>of</strong><br />

the National Association for the Advancement<br />

<strong>of</strong> Colored People (NAACP), the Montgomery<br />

Welfare League, and the Montgomery<br />

Voters League. At the time, Nixon already led<br />

the Montgomery branch <strong>of</strong> the Brotherhood <strong>of</strong><br />

Sleeping Car Porters union, known as the<br />

Pullman Porters Union, which he had helped<br />

organize.<br />

Martin Luther King Jr. described Nixon as<br />

"one <strong>of</strong> the chief voices <strong>of</strong> the Negro community<br />

in the area <strong>of</strong> civil rights," and "a symbol<br />

<strong>of</strong> the hopes and aspirations <strong>of</strong> the long oppressed<br />

people <strong>of</strong> the State <strong>of</strong> Alabama." [1]<br />

Edgar D. Nixon was born to Wesley M.<br />

Nixon and Sue Ann Chappell Nixon. As a<br />

child, Nixon received 16 months <strong>of</strong> formal<br />

education, as black students were ill-served in<br />

the segregated public school system. His<br />

mother died when he was young, and he and<br />

his seven siblings were reared among extended<br />

family in Montgomery. [2] His father<br />

was a Baptist minister. [1]<br />

After working in a train station baggage<br />

room, Nixon rose to become a Pullman car<br />

porter, which was a well-respected position<br />

with good pay. He was able to travel around<br />

the country and worked steadily. He worked<br />

with them until 1964. In 1928, he joined the<br />

new union, the Brotherhood <strong>of</strong> Sleeping Car<br />

Porters, helping organize its branch in Montgomery.<br />

He also served as its president for<br />

many years. [1]<br />

Marriage and family<br />

Nixon married Alease (who died in 1934),<br />

and they had a son, E. D. Nixon, Jr. (1928–<br />

2011). He became an actor known by the<br />

stage name <strong>of</strong> Nick La Tour. His son Lionel<br />

Nixon ________________________ [2]<br />

Nixon later married Arlette Nixon, who<br />

was with him during many <strong>of</strong> the civil rights<br />

events. [2]<br />

Civil rights activism<br />

Years before the bus boycott,<br />

Nixon had worked for voting<br />

rights and civil rights for African<br />

Americans in Montgomery. Like<br />

other blacks in the state, they had<br />

been essentially disenfranchised<br />

since the start <strong>of</strong> the 20th century<br />

by changes in the Alabama state<br />

constitution and electoral laws. He<br />

also served as an unelected advocate<br />

for the African-American<br />

community, helping individuals<br />

negotiate with white <strong>of</strong>fice holders,<br />

policemen, and civil servants.<br />

Nixon joined the National Association<br />

for the Advancement <strong>of</strong> Colored People<br />

(NAACP), becoming president <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Montgomery chapter and, within two years,<br />

president <strong>of</strong> the state organization.<br />

In 1940, Nixon organized 750 African<br />

Americans to march to the Montgomery<br />

County courthouse and attempt to register to<br />

vote. They were unsuccessful, as the white<br />

Democrats used subjective rules to exclude<br />

them. [2]<br />

In 1954, he was the first black to run for a<br />

seat on the county Democratic Executive<br />

Committee.<br />

Challenging bus segregation<br />

In the early 1950s, Nixon and Jo Ann Robinson,<br />

president <strong>of</strong> the Women's Political<br />

Council, decided to mount a court challenge<br />

to the discriminatory seating practices on<br />

Montgomery's municipal buses, along with a<br />

boycott <strong>of</strong> the bus company. A Montgomery<br />

ordinance reserved the front seats on these<br />

buses for white passengers only, forcing African-American<br />

riders to sit in the back. The<br />

middle section was available to blacks unless<br />

the bus became so crowded that white passengers<br />

were standing; in that case, blacks were<br />

supposed to give up their seats and stand if<br />

necessary. Blacks constituted the majority <strong>of</strong><br />

riders on the city-owned bus system.<br />

Before the activists could mount<br />

the court challenge, they needed<br />

someone to voluntarily violate the<br />

bus seating law and be arrested for<br />

it. Nixon carefully searched for a<br />

suitable plaintiff. The final choice<br />

was Rosa Parks, the elected secretary<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Montgomery NAACP.<br />

Nixon had been her boss, although<br />

he said, "Women don't need to be<br />

nowhere but in the kitchen." When<br />

she asked, "Well, what about me?",<br />

he replied, "I need a secretary and<br />

you are a good one."\<br />

On December 1, 1955, Parks entered a<br />

Montgomery bus, refused to give up her seat<br />

for a white passenger, and was arrested. After<br />

being called about Parks' arrest, Nixon went to<br />

bail her out <strong>of</strong> jail. After years <strong>of</strong> working<br />

with Parks, Nixon was certain that she was the<br />

ideal candidate to challenge the discriminatory<br />

seating policy. Even so, Nixon had to<br />

persuade Parks to lead the fight. After consulting<br />

with her mother and husband, Parks accepted<br />

the challenge.<br />

Organizing the boycott<br />

After Parks' arrest, Nixon called a number<br />

<strong>of</strong> local ministers to organize support for the<br />

boycott; the third man he called was Martin<br />

Luther King Jr., a young minister who was<br />

newly arrived from Atlanta, Georgia. King<br />

said he would think about it and call back.<br />

When King responded, he said that he would<br />

participate in the boycott<br />

Nixon met with Rev. Ralph David Abernathy<br />

and Rev. E.N. French to plan the program<br />

for the next boycott meeting. They came<br />

up with a list <strong>of</strong> demands for the bus company,<br />

named the new organization the Montgomery<br />

Improvement Association (MIA), and<br />

discussed candidates for president <strong>of</strong> the association.<br />

Nixon recommended King to Abernathy<br />

and French because Nixon believed that<br />

King had not been compromised by dealing<br />

with the local white power structure.<br />

Nixon shared his labor and civil rights contacts<br />

with the MIA, organizing financial and<br />

other resources to help manage and support<br />

the boycott. These were critical to its success.<br />

Successful boycott<br />

What was expected to be a short boycott<br />

lasted 381 days. Despite fierce political opposition,<br />

police coercion, personal threats, and<br />

their own sacrifices, the he boycott continued.<br />

Bus ridership plummeted, as blacks were the<br />

majority riders in the system, and the bus<br />

company was on the verge <strong>of</strong> financial ruin.<br />

In late January a bomb was set <strong>of</strong>f near the<br />

home <strong>of</strong> Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on<br />

February 1, 1956, a bomb exploded in front <strong>of</strong><br />

Nixon's home.<br />

On June 5, 1956, a three-judge panel <strong>of</strong> the<br />

US District Court ruled on Browder v. Gayle<br />

and determined that Montgomery's segregation<br />

law was unconstitutional, violating the<br />

Fourteenth Amendment <strong>of</strong> the US Constitution.<br />

On November 13, 1956, the US Supreme<br />

Court upheld the lower court's ruling. On<br />

December 17, 1956 the Supreme Court rejected<br />

appeals by the city and state to reconsider<br />

its decision.<br />

At a later rally at New York City's Madison<br />

Square Garden, Nixon talked about the symbolism<br />

<strong>of</strong> the boycott to an audience <strong>of</strong> supporters:<br />

“I'm from Montgomery, Alabama, a<br />

city that's known as the Cradle <strong>of</strong> the Confederacy,<br />

that had stood still for more than ninety<br />

-three years until Rosa L. Parks was arrested<br />

and thrown in jail like a common criminal....<br />

Fifty thousand people rose up and caught hold<br />

to the Cradle <strong>of</strong> the Confederacy and began to<br />

rock it till the Jim Crow rockers began to reel<br />

and the segregated slats began to fall out.”<br />

After the boycott<br />

Nixon's relationship with the MIA frequently<br />

had sharp disagreements with others<br />

in the group and competed for leadership. He<br />

expressed resentment that King and Abernathy<br />

had received most <strong>of</strong> the credit for the<br />

boycott, as opposed to the local activists who<br />

had already spent years organizing against<br />

racism. But King admired Nixon, describing<br />

him as "one <strong>of</strong> the chief voices <strong>of</strong> the Negro<br />

community in the area <strong>of</strong> civil rights," and "a<br />

symbol <strong>of</strong> the hopes and aspirations <strong>of</strong> the<br />

long oppressed people <strong>of</strong> the State <strong>of</strong> Alabama."<br />

Nixon resigned his post as MIA treasurer in<br />

1957, writing a bitter letter to King complaining<br />

that he had been treated as a child and a<br />

"newcomer." Nixon continued to feud with<br />

Montgomery's Black middle class community<br />

for the next decade.<br />

By the late 1960s, through a series <strong>of</strong> political<br />

defeats, his leadership role in the MIA was<br />

eliminated. After retiring from the railroad,<br />

Nixon worked as the recreation director <strong>of</strong> a<br />

public housing project. He continued to work<br />

for civil rights, especially to improve housing<br />

and education for blacks in Montgomery.<br />

1985, Nixon received the Walter White<br />

Award from the NAACP. In 1986, a year<br />

before his death, Nixon’s house in Montgomery<br />

was placed on the Alabama Register <strong>of</strong><br />

Landmarks and Heritage, in recognition <strong>of</strong> his<br />

leadership in the state. [1]<br />

Nixon died at the age <strong>of</strong> 87 in Montgomery<br />

on February 25, 1987.<br />

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Talking about the passing <strong>of</strong> Chuck Berry Sr., would not be news. A<br />

tribute to him would be to dance and sing and wonder what it would be<br />

like to live the life <strong>of</strong> a legend. We have so few true ones. And, Mr.<br />

Berry was one. Even in his last days, at age 90, he had spent time producing<br />

and making plans to release an album later this year. (I bet you<br />

dream about being able to swing like that in your 90’s.)<br />

Born on October 18, 1926, into a middle-class family in St Louis Missouri<br />

– his father a Baptist deacon, his mother a school principal. Chuck<br />

started rolling and he didn’t stop.<br />

It might be true that he left here, headed elsewhere on March 18, <strong>2017</strong><br />

but I believe that somewhere out there a new rock ‘n roller is picking<br />

“Maybelline” or “Johnny B. Goode” on his guitar. Because Rock ‘n Roll<br />

lives forever.<br />

I’m sure you’ve noticed<br />

that there has been a tremendous<br />

amount <strong>of</strong> film<br />

work that has come to<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> in recent years.<br />

Never before has there<br />

been so many productions and so much work<br />

available for extras in <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

I started in this business in 2010, working as an<br />

extra on various film projects. As a child, like<br />

many others, my dream was to move to Los<br />

Angeles and “make it” as an actor. The universe<br />

has a way <strong>of</strong> working things out. For<br />

those studying and aspiring actors and actresses;<br />

pursuing a film career now -- no moving<br />

to LA because it’s a reality in our city.<br />

A question I get asked frequently is, “How did<br />

you become an extra?” Breaking into the business<br />

<strong>of</strong> becoming a background actor can be<br />

much harder than it appears, but with proper<br />

research, it can be done on a regular basis.<br />

Browsing the web for extra’s casting agencies<br />

in your town or city is a great way to start.<br />

Select those that have good online reputations.<br />

Most casting agencies need you to register.<br />

Registration is typically done through e-mail<br />

and the information is listed on their web-sites.<br />

Registering is painless but it requires you to<br />

send in photos <strong>of</strong> yourself, which discourages<br />

many people. Many don’t have pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

photos and luckily they are not necessary. (Of<br />

course, as you move up in your career the right<br />

head-shot and resume become more important.)<br />

But, for now, don’t let that stop you. You<br />

just need some nice images.<br />

Many casting websites have Facebook pages,<br />

where their castings calls are listed. It is crucial<br />

to follow those notices. If you fit the criteria<br />

posted you can freely submit the required information<br />

for those jobs. If you are lucky<br />

enough to get booked you will be notified.<br />

When you are called, they will tell you what<br />

type <strong>of</strong> clothing to bring, along with your call<br />

time and location. Wardrobe is important because<br />

as an extra it’s your job to enhance the<br />

scenes with a certain dimension. There are<br />

people on the set who will assist in making<br />

sure you have the correct look. (Or dimension.)<br />

But it is not something to rely on every time<br />

you work. You need to bring something to the<br />

table.<br />

Being on set can be a big waiting game so<br />

prepare yourself. Bring snacks, reading material,<br />

etc., to help pass the time. You could have<br />

a long wait before you are called to be in a<br />

scene.<br />

Speaking from personal experience, it pays to<br />

be pr<strong>of</strong>essional. This means don’t have conversations<br />

with the talent, don’t approach them for<br />

photos, or ask to leave the set early. Be courteous<br />

to everyone. Taking set “conduct” seriously<br />

can set you apart in a positive way and<br />

determine if you’ll ever get called back. Above<br />

all, treat it as you would any other regular job<br />

and remain humble and realistic.<br />

Following these basic rules can be the difference<br />

between being upgraded to a principle<br />

role on set or remaining in the background.<br />

Extras don’t get upgraded <strong>of</strong>ten, so don’t go to<br />

the set thinking that you are going to get discovered<br />

and become a star. But it does happen.<br />

I’ve seen it happen and you’ve got to be in the<br />

right place at the right time to make it happen.<br />

So for those still interested in getting involved<br />

in becoming a background actor, there is no<br />

better time than now, so get out there and<br />

grow! You may never have this opportunity<br />

again in your lifetime.<br />

Andre Bellos—is an up and coming <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

actor who has appeared as an extra in Chi-raq<br />

and Empire.

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God’s Field<br />

One Body<br />

“I will tell <strong>of</strong> your name to my brothers; in the<br />

midst <strong>of</strong> the congregation I will sing your praise.”<br />

Heb. 2:22<br />

The Hebrew word for “sanctuary” is mikdash,<br />

which comes from the root word kadash, “to be set<br />

apart as sacred.” Other words that share this root<br />

include kedushah (holiness), kiddushin (betrothal),<br />

kaddish (sanctification), kiddush<br />

(marking sacred time and so forth).<br />

The Tabernacle, called the mishkan,<br />

presented a form <strong>of</strong> “mediation” that<br />

provided symbols to help bring<br />

“heaven down to earth.” It was a “set<br />

apart place” intended for rest and<br />

intimacy. Note that the gematria <strong>of</strong><br />

the word mishkan is the same as the<br />

word shema, “heart” or “listen”. The word<br />

“ekklesia” is the Greek translation <strong>of</strong> the original<br />

Hebrew word “qahal”, which is an assembly, congregation<br />

and company - The assembly <strong>of</strong> God’s<br />

people are being gathered and assembled together<br />

into an unseen structure, unseen company, and<br />

unseen family by our unseen Father (not immediately<br />

visible to the earthly – see Ez. 37:26). In W.<br />

Tyndale’s translation <strong>of</strong> the Bible into English, he<br />

translated the word “ekklesia” as “congregation”<br />

even though there were churches around when<br />

Tyndale was alive. He completed his translation in<br />

1525 (86 years before the King James version) and<br />

he associated a church with idolatry and pagan<br />

religions. He used the word “church” in his translation;<br />

in relation to pagans and their places <strong>of</strong><br />

worship as in Acts. 19:37 “For ye have brough<br />

hyther these me whiche are nether robbers <strong>of</strong><br />

churches nor yet despisers <strong>of</strong> you’re goddes.” King<br />

James translation is ‘you have brought here these<br />

men, who are neither robbers <strong>of</strong> temples, nor yet<br />

blasphemers <strong>of</strong> your goddess”). Not once did Tyndale<br />

interpret “qahal” or ekklesia” as a building or<br />

“church”. “Ekklesia” is a composite noun made<br />

up <strong>of</strong> two Greek works: “ek” meaning “out <strong>of</strong>” or<br />

“away from”, and “Kaleo” meaning “called”. But<br />

as the community (ha’edah) gathered (bahiqahel)<br />

against them, Moses and Aaron turned toward the<br />

Tent <strong>of</strong> Meeting; the cloud had covered it and the<br />

Presence <strong>of</strong> Yehovah appeared (Num. 17:7).<br />

the city <strong>of</strong> the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,<br />

and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and<br />

to the assembly <strong>of</strong> the firstborn who are enrolled<br />

in heaven… and to the sprinkled blood that speaks<br />

a better word than the blood <strong>of</strong> Abel (see Heb.<br />

12:18,19,22,23a, 24)”. Note: Jesus is called the<br />

‘firstborn’ (see Heb. 1:6, 7, <strong>14</strong> the splendor <strong>of</strong> angels)<br />

and His followers are granted His inheritance<br />

as firstborn sons. “Therefore, since we are surrounded<br />

by so great a cloud <strong>of</strong> witnesses, let us<br />

also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings<br />

so closely, and let us run with endurance the race<br />

that is set before us (Heb. 12:1)”. “For He who<br />

sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have<br />

one source. That is why He is not ashamed to<br />

call them brothers (Heb. 2:11).”<br />

When Yahushua (Jesus) asked his talmidim<br />

(disciples) who they understood him to be,<br />

Shim’on Petros (Simon Peter) answered him,<br />

“Atah hu, haMashiach, ben El Chai” _ “You are<br />

he, the Messiah, Son <strong>of</strong> the Mighty One who<br />

lives.” And Yahushua (Jesus) replied, _flesh and<br />

blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father<br />

who is in heaven. “And I tell you, you are Peter,<br />

and on the Rock I will build my Ekklesia (a following,<br />

assembly, congregation) – and the powers<br />

<strong>of</strong> Death shall not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18)”.<br />

The present True Congregation <strong>of</strong> the Almighty<br />

should bear witness <strong>of</strong> that ‘QAHAL’ empowered<br />

by the Ruach HaQodesh. “Therefore let us be<br />

grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be<br />

shaken, and thus let us <strong>of</strong>fer to God acceptable<br />

worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a<br />

consuming fire (Heb. 12:28, 29)”.<br />

“We are not abandoning our being gathered together<br />

in one Place as is the custom and rite <strong>of</strong><br />

some in their institutions and religions that take the<br />

place <strong>of</strong> Christ but we enter the great assembly...as<br />

we see the Day approaching” (see Heb. 10:25).<br />

The Greek word used in this verse for “assemble<br />

together” is not “ekklesia”, but “episynagoge”.<br />

This word means “gathering together in one<br />

place”, “gathered with others already assembled”.<br />

The word is used only in one other verse <strong>of</strong> scripture,<br />

2Thess. 2:1-3 which is not about attending a<br />

place physically here on earth, but <strong>of</strong> being gathered<br />

in One Place spiritually. It must be an assembling,<br />

a gathering together that is brought about<br />

by, and for, Christ and as such may not look like<br />

what we would expect.<br />

Art from CSJ publisher <strong>of</strong> the Great Migration, before on the Cliff Kelley<br />

WVON show guest addressing the business <strong>of</strong> the Great Migration<br />

included Arness Dancy <strong>of</strong> the Black Chamber <strong>of</strong> Commerce, Normal<br />

Williams formerly <strong>of</strong> Illinois Service Federal and Ron Carter, chairman<br />

“Then all the children <strong>of</strong> Israel went out, and the<br />

congregation was gathered together as one man,<br />

from Dan even to Beer-sheba, with the land <strong>of</strong><br />

Gilead, unto YHVH in Mizpah (Judges 20:1). We<br />

are not called out to be individual “ones” isolated<br />

and alone; we are called out to be together in a<br />

heavenly company and community that is being<br />

assembled and gathered together in Christ, “who<br />

died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep<br />

we might live with him” (1 Thes. 5:10). “For you<br />

have not come to what may be touched, a blazing<br />

fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the<br />

sound <strong>of</strong> a trumpet and a voice whose words made<br />

the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken<br />

to them. But you have come to Mount Zion and to<br />

About the Spiritual Editor:<br />

Frances Beth Harris, as a Florida native enjoys<br />

early morning bike, beach and park trails. She is a<br />

committee member at the Quaker House <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Palm Beaches and a host on four different shows<br />

at: www.blogtalkradio.com/soulpurposehealing on<br />

Thursdays. In 2003, she founded Beth International<br />

Ministries. A contemplative community that<br />

reveals the active presence <strong>of</strong> Christ through intercessory<br />

prayer, Scripture, music and spiritual mentoring,<br />

to advance our efforts against sexism, economic<br />

exploitation, complex childhood trauma and<br />

human trafficking. You may email or text Beth at:<br />

bethprayer@gmail.com or 561.907.6671.<br />

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southern masters. Therefore, we have to live with the notion that only black life matters. Not that<br />

others don't, because they do. But in terms <strong>of</strong> where we live, or even work, if you are surrounded<br />

by others, you have to build within those confines.<br />

Blacks have to unapologetically act as though black life matters most, and at all times. Respectfully,<br />

that's the way other races conduct themselves. And it's nothing wrong with that. Your race<br />

is like your family. You should always take care <strong>of</strong> your family, first. That's why during these<br />

black days <strong>of</strong> history, I'll salute my heroes. People, who even through their controversial lives,<br />

have inspired millions, and have made a significant impact on their communities.<br />

Leaders like Malcolm X, Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Martin King, Ghandi, Frederick Douglass,<br />

Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Robert Johnson, Gwendolyn Brooks, John H. Johnson, Madame<br />

C.J. Walker, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Haki Madhubuti, Bill Garth, Henry English, Don<br />

Starks, Barack Obama, Melody Spann-Cooper, Dr. Eric Whitaker, Charlie Rose, Michael<br />

Everyday is Black History<br />

Black history is my history. I live it everyday. Therefore, outside <strong>of</strong> the symbolic gesture that was<br />

granted to US by old southern masters, I recommend we show our strength<br />

by rejecting Black History Month as the only celebrated month for black<br />

life.<br />

Demand that black culture be saluted each and everyday. But that requires<br />

that all negroes, even the ones who love old southern masters better than<br />

they love themselves, to shut up and step aside. Because they will perform<br />

like the Samuel Jackson character in DJango Unchained, and express how<br />

his southern boss knows what's best for US colored people.<br />

No, really, I don't like the fact that black people get overly excited when<br />

Black History Month comes around each year, as though they actually can't embrace black accomplishments<br />

outside <strong>of</strong> the month <strong>of</strong> February. It's absolutely shocking! This goes with what I<br />

stated a few days ago in one <strong>of</strong> my Works <strong>of</strong> Words, that black folks need an image make-over. A<br />

new definition. A new purpose. WE need a new direction. Because we have lost our way. We are<br />

confused to what is expected <strong>of</strong> US from the southern master.<br />

Now, when I say (WE), <strong>of</strong> course I don't mean all. Half <strong>of</strong> US understand this country very well<br />

and what they've done to brainwash the Negro race. We know that nothing we do or say, or no<br />

matter how much we rise, blacks will always be considered less than by the majority <strong>of</strong> the old<br />

Bloomberg, Father Pfleger, Merry Green, Thurgood Marshall, A. Phillip Randolph, Sidney<br />

Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Don Cornelius, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson.<br />

There are others. I'll name more <strong>of</strong> my inspired heroes as this month continues to honor personalities<br />

who transformed lives.<br />

I love the underdog. I love people who take risks and go against the grain.<br />

I also love smart and innovative people who understand their chosen pr<strong>of</strong>ession--who've<br />

built something from nothing. These are every day individuals,<br />

like myself, who had dreams and sacrificed their names and<br />

brand to keep the lights on and stay committed to their vision even when<br />

the 'background noise' was against US!<br />

This is one <strong>of</strong> the main reasons that I founded MG Media. This is my<br />

publishing and marketing company, through which I've created three<br />

different magazines over the nearly last two decades, along with the news<br />

service. I wanted to pr<strong>of</strong>ile emerging leaders, the best and brightest <strong>of</strong> my community. I grew-up<br />

seeing too many negative images <strong>of</strong> black folks. I knew there was more to my race than gangs,<br />

drugs and violent stereotypes.<br />

I'm the kind <strong>of</strong> dude who just doesn't complain. I'm about action, every day, not just 28 days in<br />

February. I deserve more than a few days to have my story told. WE deserve and have earned<br />

more than that! Make sure that we recognize black history as America's history 365. Until the<br />

next edition..... Peace and One Love. I Write to Differ.....Carl West—<br />

TBTNewsService.com/ MG Media

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