Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Bernie Sanders Releases Powerful Ad Featuring Erica Garner

Radio Facts: Bernie Sanders AdIf you were not feeling the Bern before, you might be after seeing this powerful ad. No matter what happens in this election, anyone would have to admit that Bernie Sanders is different. The presidential hopeful has released a dramatic new ad featuring a heartfelt story by Erica Garner, the daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner. As he just won New Hampshire, Bernie is making strides. With ads like this, Hillary Clinton better watch it because the glitch in the Matrix may just be Bernie Sanders.https://youtu.be/Syln8IkOIqc

Ex-Bronco Bill Romanowski Calls Cam Newton a “Boy” and Then…

Radio Facts: If you are not familiar with Bill Romanowski, he was considered one of the dirtiest players in the league and he was often called out by his own teammates. Last night after the Carolina Panthers were defeated by the Denver Broncos, Bill Romanowski took to twitter to let Cam Newton know exactly what he thought about him.cam-newton-bill-romanowski-racist-tweetBill has been around a long time and he knows what he is doing but of course, he came back instantly with another tweet saying, "Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up."Cam Newton fans and others on twitter were not having it so of course Bill Romanowski came back with an obligatory apology tweet that read, "I apologize for that remark 'boy'. It was not intentional or even trying to disrespect others. Peace everyone."Many people were upset or disappointed by the way Cam Newton abruptly left his press conference and they questioned his leadership because of it. He was visibly upset by the loss as many other Carolina Panthers were crying. It was definitely a tough loss and most had the Panthers winning but if you watched the game, you saw what happened. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said he understood Cam's frustration but also agreed that he can' t just walk away.  All of that is fine - question  his leadership or even his toughness as some did because Cam didn't dive into the pile where he could have possibly recovered a fumble but for Bill to call Cam a "boy" is completely uncalled for especially with the history of the word in relation to grown Black men.Just for perspective, here are some of the things Bill Romanowski is known for below. So I guess Cam's "attitude" is uncalled for according to this man below.Bill Rom

The DNC’s Chair Rep Thoughts on Black History Month

Radio Facts: black-history-monthDNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement in recognition of Black History Month:“This February, as we observe Black History Month, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, while recognizing that our work is far from finished in the fight against discrimination and racial inequality.“We celebrate history’s champions of justice – extraordinary leaders like Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and so many more – as well as our modern-day history makers such as President Barack Obama who represents the great progress we’ve made. These are men and women who have paved the way for the countless other great thinkers, innovators, inventors, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs who will continue to shape our shared future.“But most importantly, Black History Month is a time to remember all the ordinary, humble and hopeful men and women those towering figures represent. We remember Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin, and we honor all the nameless, faceless citizens whose personal stories would remind us that the struggle for economic and racial justice continues.“That is a legacy well worth celebrating, and theirs are the stories we look to every day in the Democratic Party as we fight for equality and opportunity for future generations.”

New Report Shows Youth Unemployment Linked to Violence in Chicago and other Cities

Radio Facts: [caption id="attachment_170015" align="aligncenter" width="1536"]CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 25:  Students protest outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters against the city's plan to close more than 50 elementary schools on March 25, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Last week the city announced the plan claiming it was necessary to rein in a looming $1 billion budget deficit. The closings would shift about 30,000 students to new schools and leave more than 1,000 teachers with uncertain futures.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)[/caption]A new report, Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults In Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Illinois and the U.S., commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN) and developed by the University of Illinois Chicago's Great Cities Institute (GCI), shows that teens and young adults in Chicago aren't keeping up with the rest of the nation, or even with other major cities.Even as the death toll mounts and gang battles escalate in the same neighborhoods where youth unemployment is at its highest, funding for employment programs is on increasingly shaky ground, with politics overriding policy at both the state and federal levels. The GCI report shows that despite a national economic recovery, Chicago remains one of the nation's leaders in youth joblessness. Blacks and Hispanics continue to be significantly behind with 47 percent of young Black men (20-24) and 20 percent of young Hispanic men jobless and out of school in Chicago. This is compared to 32 percent nationwide and 31 percent in both New York and Los Angeles for Black men and 18 percent nationwide and in New York 27 percent and Los Angeles 14 percent for Hispanics.The situation is even worse for Chicago's Black and Hispanic teens (16-19) with 88 percent of Blacks and 85 percent of Hispanic's in that group not working, compared to 71 percent nationwide."We are seeing the results of this monumental policy failure every day, as the shootings mount up and the funerals multiply," said Jack Wuest, Alternative Schools Network executive director. "The new data that's being presented draws a straight line between the unemployment crisis for youth and the escalating violence in Chicago's hardest hit neighborhoods. I've said it before, but it is worth repeating: Investments in creating meaningful work for these youth will pay dividends immediately and for years to come. A failure to do so has had and will continue to have dire consequences for our city and our state."KEY FINDINGS FROM THE REPORTCHICAGO'S BLACK YOUTH FALLING FARTHER BEHIND THOSE IN OTHER MAJOR CITIESEmployment among young people across the nation has not recovered to pre-recession levels, the percentage of 16-19 year olds who were employed had dropped to 26 percent in 2011, from 37 percent in 2005 and had only climbed to 29 percent by 2014. But Chicago youth lag behind not only the national average, but also behind those living in the major cities of New York and Los Angeles. And while Black and Hispanic youth are struggling disproportionately across the board, their access to jobs in Chicago is at desperation levels.Nationwide, 18.2 percent of youth 20-24 were out of school and out of work in 2014, compared to 17.1 percent in Illinois, 22.9 percent in Chicago, 21.1 percent in New York City and 16.4 percent in Los Angeles.For Chicago's white youth, 20-24, 6.7 percent were out of school and out of work.The situation was particularly acute for Blacks 20-24, 40.9 percent of who were out of school and out of work, compared to 27.3 percent in New York City and 29.3 percent in Los Angeles.CHICAGO COMMUNITIES TELL A STORY OF A RACIAL EMPLOYMENT DIVIDEThe report breaks down the racial demographics and employment levels by Chicago community areas, illustrating the strong connection between segregation and employment opportunities.Areas with high concentrations of White (non-Hispanic or Latino) population on the North Side including Lincoln Park (67.2 percent), Lakeview (73.6 percent), Forest Glen (76.8 percent) and Norwood Park (70.1 percent) had some of the lowest rates of jobless individuals ages 16 to 19.Jobless rates for those ages 20 to 24 are highest on the South and West Sides of the city and are lowest in on the North, Northwest and Southwest sides of the City.Areas with 40.1 percent to 60.0 percent and 60.1 percent to 80.0 percent ranges of jobless individuals are remarkably similar to the areas where over 90 percent of 18 to 24 year olds are Black."In the process of assembling, organizing and analyzing this data, one thing became very clear to us," said Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute. "We are losing a generation of youth who have no opportunity to work in their neighborhoods. It is a tragedy for those youth and it is a tragedy for the communities they live in and the city as a whole."A group comprised of youth, legislators, public officials and key agency leaders tackled the problem at a public hearing, Solution to the CRISIS: Youth Employment, where former out-of-school high school students who now attend ASN schools presented testimony to the panel of federal, state and local public officials regarding the impact of youth joblessness."Nowadays, people will challenge you in a heartbeat," said Richard Wooten, a newly retired Chicago police officer in a September 2015 Chicago Sun-Times interview. "Communities are so economically destroyed that people are much more agitated, aggressive. People don't care about going to jail any more. More mentally ill are walking the streets. There's no athletic or other programs to involve kids in. That's what the streets offer them."The hearing conveners, the Alternative Schools Network, Chicago Urban League, Westside Health Authority, Chicago Area Project, Black United Fund of Illinois and Youth Connection Charter School, put forth a platform of policy steps at the Chicago Urban League hearing, urging the panel's lawmakers to expedite action or lose yet another generation of young people to hopelessness, violence and dependency on taxpayers."The federal and state governments are leaving our inner-city youth behind," said Chicago Urban League President and CEO Shari Runner. "The platform we are putting forward today is meant to correct that unconscionable omission. Without immediate and adequate government support for bringing inner-city youth into the employment mainstream, the hopelessness that leads to poverty, drug abuse, homelessness and violence will continue to plague our youth and our communities."

Family of Samuel DeBose, Man Shot and Killed by University Police Officer Reaches Settlement

Radio Facts: AP_Samuel_DuBose_bc_150730_4x3_992The family of Samuel DuBose has settled its claims with the University of Cincinnati. Mr. DuBose was shot and killed during a traffic stop by University of Cincinnati Police Department (UCPD) Officer Ray Tensing on July 19, 2015. After his death, the family and University of Cincinnati officials have met regularly to address areas of concern and work cooperatively toward rebuilding trust between the UCPD and the local Black community. The settlement provides that:Compensation. The University will pay $4,850,000. The University will also provide an undergraduate education free of tuition and fees for the twelve children of Samuel DuBose, which is estimated to be valued at approximately $500,000. The total monetary value of the settlement is approximately $5,300,000.Memorial. UC will work with the family to establish an appropriate memorial commemorating Samuel DuBose on campus.Statement by UC President. UC President Santa J. Ono will issue an apology to the family for the loss of Samuel DuBose.Community Advisory Committee. UC will invite the Dubose family to attend and participate in the Community Advisory Committee meetings. The CAC is the focal point for community input on comprehensive police reform and will review the results of the external audit of the UCPD.The case was mediated in closed door sessions over a two day period by nationally renowned attorney Billy Martin who stated, "I commend UC and the DuBose family for working together in a positive manner to help the community and the University work positively on their shared goal of reducing crime while preserving rights going forward. The example here demonstrates to communities hurting all over the country that positive results can be achieved through this type of cooperation."University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono said, "I want to again express on behalf of the University of Cincinnati community our deepest sadness and regrets at the heartbreaking loss of the life of Samuel DuBose. This agreement is also part of the healing process not only for the family but also for our university and Cincinnati communities."The family was represented by civil rights attorneys Michael Wright (The Cochran Firm Ohio), Mark O'Mara (O'Mara Law Group), and Al Gerhardstein (Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA). The university was represented by Kenya Faulkner, General Counsel of the University of Cincinnati and Nathaniel Lampley, Jr., of Vorys, Sater Seymour and Pease. The mediated agreement must be approved by the Hamilton County Probate Court.