CHICAGO: TBTNEWS: Foxx & Preckwinkle Join Coalition / Real Men Cook’s 30th

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TOP NEWS: South Side Pop Up to Showcase Chicago Vendors – As local vendors struggle to find new consumers without the overhead of a brick and mortar space the Chicago Women Empowerment Group (CWEG) has turned to a series of pop-up shops to help connect Black-owned vendors to consumers seeking more local and/or Black-owned products.

CWEG will host a series of pop up shop themes at 853 E. 79th St. from Tuesday, May 21 to Saturday, May 25 from 10a m to 7 pm in Chicago’s Chatham and Grand Crossing neighborhoods from now until the week of July 16. CWEG Pop Up will theme will include make-up and skin care, clothes, candles, and home goods, baby clothing and toys, fresh produce, craft and artwork, and homemade baked goods. Various local, black-owned vendors will be showcased.

In the serious kickoff, participating vendors will feature Reshonda Smith, owner of Peace and Love Healing Bath Salt; Andrea Guynes, owner of U.R.2Beautiful; and Shari Copeland, owner of Exotic Scents. For additional information, contact Linda Perez at 773.301.9371 or cweg.community@gmail.com or visit www.cwegcommunity.org. – Toure MuhammadBean Soup Times

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TBTNEWS HEADLINE

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Toni Preckwinkle and Kim Foxx together again in the struggle for equality and equity

Kim Foxx and Toni Preckwinkle Join National Coalition

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle filed a lawsuit on behalf of Cook County, joining a coalition of 23 cities, states, and municipalities, in the fight against a Final Rule issued by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, which seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses’ or employees’ “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

The federal lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, seeks to enjoin the Final Rule and prevent it from going into effect. The suit follows upon a comment letter filed by the New York Attorney General and a coalition of states in March 2018, when the rule was first proposed, urging that the rule be withdrawn.

“Cook County provides healthcare services and treatment plans to more than 500,000 residents. It is the work of this Office to defend Cook County services from oppressive rules and restrictions on the care that are accompanied by threats to funding,” expressed State’s Attorney Foxx.

“The Cook County Board of Commissioners, as the guardians of the public health of Cook County, immediately agreed with my Office that this lawsuit was necessary and just. This lawsuit is a coordinated effort by the State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Cook County Health and the President of the County Board. We will work together to defend public health access for all in Cook County.”

“This proposal would fundamentally change the provision of healthcare in this country. It is unconscionable that a single employee could deny a patient the right to timely, lawful and/or medically necessary treatments. What is clear is that this is another attempt to divide this country by playing politics with a person’s right to decide matters that affect their body,” said Cook County Board Preckwinkle. The lawsuit alleges that the Final Rule, which will take effect in July 2019, would undermine the delivery of health care by giving a wide range of health care institutions and individuals a right to refuse care, based on the provider’s own personal views.

The Rule drastically expands the number of providers eligible to make such refusals, ranging from ambulance drivers to emergency room doctors to receptionists to customer service representatives at insurance companies. The Rule makes this right absolute and categorical, and no matter what reasonable steps a health provider or employer makes to accommodate the views of an objecting individual, if that individual rejects a proposed accommodation, a provider or employer is left with no recourse.

Under the Rule, a hospital could not inquire, prior to hiring a nurse, if (s) he objected to administering a measles vaccination—even if this was a core duty of the job in the middle of an outbreak of the disease. Or an emergency room doctor could refuse to assist a woman who arrived with a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, even if the woman’s life was in jeopardy. The Rule would also allow businesses, including employers, to object to providing insurance coverage for procedures they consider objectionable and allow individual health care personnel to object to informing patients about their medical options or referring them to providers of those options.

The devastating consequences of the Rule would fall particularly hard on marginalized patients, including LGBTQ patients, who already confront discrimination in obtaining health care. The lawsuit further alleges that the risk of noncompliance is the termination of billions of dollars in federal health care funding. If HHS determines, in its sole discretion, that states or cities have failed to comply with the Final Rule – through their own actions or the actions of thousands of sub-contractors relied upon to deliver health services – the federal government could terminate funding to those states and cities, to the price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars.

States and cities rely upon those funds for countless programs to promote the public health of their residents, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and education, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. The lawsuit argues that this drastic expansion of refusal rights, and the draconian threat of termination of federal funds, violates the federal Administrative Procedures Act and the Spending Clause and separation of powers principles in the U.S. Constitution.

Joining New York Attorney General Letitia James and State’s Attorney Foxx in filing the lawsuit are Cook County Board President Preckwinkle, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, the City of Chicago, the City of New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The State’s Attorney’s Office works to uphold public safety through the fair and efficient administration of justice. For more details and a copy of the Final Rule, call 312.603.3423. – MG Media

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Throw Back Thursday – “I knew Ywain, will miss him–his advice and brotherhood was appreciated” – Terry Bishop

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Arrangements For Ywain FieldsVisitation – Friday, May 24th 4 pm-7:30 pm at Landmark Baptist Church, 2700 W. Wilcox St, Chicago. Wake – Saturday, May 25th 9:30-10:30 am at Landmark Baptist Church. Funeral – Saturday, May 25 10:30 am-until at Landmark Baptist Church. – MG Media

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TBTNEWS UPDATE

Real Men Cook’s 30th Celebration

Real Men Cook’s Father’s Day Celebration will continue its long tradition of serving healthy foods and promoting nutrition and counseling on preventing diseases when it holds its 30thannual event on Father’s Day: Sunday, June 16 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove. The event will also shine a light on mental health and resources will be available on how to grapple with mental illness.

The healthy food, life-saving information, mental health material, and nutritional tips will be available at the Health and Wellness Pavilion, which will be on the grounds of the high school. The Pavilion was launched in 1999 by a team led by Dr. Terry Mason, current COO of the Cook County Department of Public Health and Dr. Eric Whitaker, former director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The two collaborated to reduce the deaths of Black men from prostate cancer. This affliction and preventing or fighting additional health issues like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s will be the continued focus this year. Ranoule Tatum, a prostate cancer survivor, associated with the Health & Wellnessactivities of Real Men Charities since 2001. Tatum will lead activities that will include a variety of health service organizations, chiefly UChicago Medicine. They will share his journey on how he fights diseases that disproportionately afflict the Blackcommunity.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, executive director – Real Men Charities, the presenting agency, noted that adding a wellness component is aligned with RMC’ mission to promote wellness within the community. He added that research and health databases support conclusions that African Americans are more susceptible to contracting diseases that can be avoided through healthy eating. Therefore, the dishes around the Heath & Wellness Zone will be a healthier variety of food offerings. So, in addition to barbecue ribs, and chicken, and other tasty tidbits, there will be salads, raw foods, grilled and roasted vegetables, fruits and baked fish and chicken.

Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo, co-founders, added that the UChicago Medicine is a presenting sponsor. They will once again anchor the Health and Wellness Zone where doctors and support staff will participate in serving. The UCM, a sponsor since 2008, will also serve nutritious fare as part of its commitment to serve healthy foods.

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