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TOP NEWS: School Supply Car Parade at the Y!: School is back in session and it’s time to get into the school spirit! Join the Black McDonald’s Operators Association at the South Side YMCA this Thursday 9.17.20 from 4-6 pm as we celebrate the new school year! Bring your student to get a school readiness kit filled with resources to help them be a shining scholar! Kits include basic school supplies, reference charts and books written by Black authors! Decorate your car to show your school spirit for your chance to win a new tablet, perfect for remote learning and studying! Supplies will be given on a first-come, first-served basis with a car parade and a separate tent for those on foot. Social distance protocols will apply with both options to ensure the safety of all. Supplies will be passed to people through their car windows as they enter the 64th St. parking lot. We look forward to seeing you there! – Content Curated By MG Media

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Two Judges Support Withheld

The decision by the Central Committee of the Cook County Democratic Party to pull its support for two judges seeking retention was based on a thorough, thoughtful, and exhaustive report from the Judicial Retention Committee as part of an effort to root out judges who fail to live up to the ethics expected of the judiciary and who continue to mete out sentences that are more punitive than redemptive.

After much discussion, the Central Committee voted to oppose the retention of Judge Mauricio Araujo and Judge Michael Toomin as presiding judge of the Cook County Juvenile Justice division in the general election. The vote to not retain Judge Araujo was unanimous and all but two members voted against retaining Judge Toomin. Juvenile justice advocates agree with the Cook County Democratic Party’s decision about Judge Toomin who they said is out of touch and leading our juvenile justice system with an outdated “scared straight” approach to our children.

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“Judge Toomin fails to temper justice with mercy and compassion, which is the whole point of juvenile court…it’s about second chances,” explained Elizabeth Clarke, president and founder of the Juvenile Justice Initiative. “He leans toward punishment as opposed to compassion.” Toomin, who is 81 years old, has served in his current position since 2010. He was last up for retention in 2014. The Democratic Party formed the Judicial Retention Committee in 2018. Before its formation, all judges automatically received the party’s endorsement.

Attorneys working with juveniles during the COVID-19 pandemic say Toomin’s temperament has been especially problematic. “I found it really problematic that the presiding judge was reviewing pleadings before they were filed and blocking motions,” described Christine Law Merriman, staff attorney at the Lawndale Christian Legal Center. “I had never heard of that before. It’s the judge’s job to make a motion after something has been filed, but never seen any kind of judge stop a lawyer from making a motion or any kind of argument.”

The committee said it withdrew support from Judge Araujo because of multiple, credible, and corroborated allegations of sexual harassment against him. In addition, he was found unqualified by multiple bar associations. “Judge Araujo was removed from his court assignment, reassigned to administrative duties and, following an investigation, the Judicial Inquiry Board filed a complaint against him,” stated Eamon Kelly, chair of the retention committee in a report to committeepeople. Kelly said these decisions were not made lightly. – Content Curated By Delmarie Cobb, The Publicity Works

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This is Unacceptable: It’s been a while since I’ve emailed you. But this is so important, I just had to reach out. President Trump is at it again: he’s spreading misinformation about the election. And we cannot let it go unanswered.

That’s why I am asking for your help. I never thought I would have to say this because it’s so obvious: do not vote twice in the election. It’s illegal. Plain and simple. But, unfortunately, asking his supporters to vote twice is only the latest in President Trump’s efforts to undermine our election.

As Attorney General, I’m standing up to him every day. I am suing the United States Postal Service to prevent drastic operational changes that could threaten critical mail delivery and undermine the election. Along with other Democratic Attorneys General, we are working to make sure that election mail is treated as First Class mail and to immediately stop the Postal Service from leaving mail sitting in stations. But that’s not all I’ve had to do to make this a fair election. Over the last few days, I’ve received complaints about robocalls that spread ridiculous lies about mail-in voting.

These robocalls are trying to scare voters to keep them from voting. We can’t let that happen. We have seven weeks to make sure that this election is free and fair. Can I count on your support to continue my work standing up to President Trump? Together, we will make sure that every American’s voice is heard on November 3. Yours, Kwame Raoul. – Content Curated By MG Media

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DCFS Reminding to Report Child Abuse

For months, Illinois children have been isolated at home without teachers, coaches, family, or other adults to see them, but that is changing as some sports practices have resumed, annual physicals are scheduled and schools have welcomed students back, either in person or virtually.

Most professionals in education, health care, law enforcement, child care, and social work are mandated reporters and are required by law to call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE (800-252-2873), if they believe a child is being abused or neglected or visit, https://dcfsonlinereporting.dcfs.illinois.gov/.

As these professionals are beginning to see children again, Illinois DCFS released a new PSA reminding them of their responsibility. “It is our collective responsibility to keep children safe,” said Illinois DCFS Acting Director Marc D. Smith. “The children who are unable to get help on their own need mandated reporters to be their voice.”

To help mandated reporters understand their vital role in protecting children, DCFS offers a free online training course, visit www2.illinois.gov/DCFS or contact Deborah LopezIllinois DCFS at 312-937-0050. – Content Curated By MG Media

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