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CBA, SBDI Monthly Membership Meeting March 10, 2015

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CBA, SBDI Monthly Membership Meeting March 10, 2015
Presenter: Nicholas J Delgado, Principal at Dignitas

Small Business Succession Planning Strategies

Monthly Membership Meeting held by Chatham Business Association, Small Business Development Inc. are held to inform current members and prospective members about issues and activities going on in Chatham and the City of Chicago regarding small business opportunities. You do not need to be a member to attend. Breakfast is provided. Admission is $10 for Non-Members.
Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM CDT
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Location: QBG Foundation Building
806 E. 78th St
Chicago, IL, 60619
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Contact: Karletta Kelly
Date/Time Details: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Registration is at 8:30am
Meeting Begins at 9:00am
Fees/Admission: Admission is $10 for Non-members

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Jesse Jackson: The Perils of a Poisonous Politics

The Perils of a Poisonous Politics

February 24, 2015
By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Weekly Commentary | Chicago Sun-Times
By doubling down on his vile slur on President Obama’s love for his country, ex New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani created the media frenzy that he craved. He also set up an easy test of decency for Republican presidential contenders: who has the sense to disavow Giuliani’s poison? Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio passed the admittedly low bar; Governors Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal failed ignominiously: Governor Rick Perry pretzeled his way through it.
If Republicans wonder why 95% of African Americans and 70% of Latinos will likely end up voting for Democrats in 2016, they should look in the mirror. Virtually every African American will see this attack on President Obama as racist, something that would not be occur were Obama white. Silence in the face of the attack will be seen as proof that the Republican race-based politics of division remains in force. In his decision to weaken the Voting Rights Act Shelby v. Holder, Justice Roberts wrote that “this country has changed.” Giuliani’s insult ratifies the wisdom of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s ringing dissent, that while progress has been made, the Congress surely was right in deciding we still have far to go.
Giuliani’s rant echoes the new hysteria that Republicans are trying to stoke: that Obama is “withdrawing” from the world, and thereby weakening America. A parade of horrors – Russia in Ukraine, ISIS in Syria and Iraq, negotiations over nukes with Iran, terrorist violence in Paris – is summoned up and blamed on the president.
Recently, Obama made the simple and common sense observation that we are not at war with Islam, but with terrorist extremists who want to hijack the religion for their own ends. His statement was similar to that repeated frequently by George W. Bush when he was president. Any future president from either party will make similar statements – both to reflect reality and to keep the fear-mongers from fanning hatred here at home. Yet the president’s comments sparked hysterical comments from across the right-wing noise machine as if common sense were somehow heresy.
This clamor is feeding a mindless war fever. Do we want to have an armed confrontation with Russia over Ukraine? Not really, the macho hawks basically want to fight to the last Ukrainian. Do we want to put troops back into Iraq? Not really, although as President Obama has escalated the US response to ISIS, the armchair hawks have moved to more muscular positions, now even mumbling about “boots on the ground.” We are fighting wars in Afghanistan, providing troops and arms and bombs against ISIS, running drone attacks in nearly a dozen countries, dispatching special forces to 120 countries. And somehow this is scorned as withdrawal from the world.
Missing in the hysteria and the vile attacks on patriotism is a sensible policy debate – and a sensible reckoning of how we got to where we are. The reality is that excessive belief in military force has done more than anything to cause this mess. The catastrophic invasion of Iraq is the worst foreign policy debacle since Vietnam. The decision not simply to go after Bin Laden and al Qaeda, but to wage a counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan and “rebuild” that nation has led to the longest war in our history that shows no sign of ending. The “humanitarian intervention” in Libya has left chaos and violence in its wake. The US invasion of Iraq turned the country over to Shiite rule, ironically empowering Iran. ISIS comes out of the Sunni reaction to that reality. Meanwhile we’ve only begun to pay the $3 trillion tab for Bush’s Iraq War, even as our own roads, rail, sewage and water systems grow ever more dangerous for lack of investment.
Those who mindlessly call the president weak, impugn his patriotism, and accuse him of withdrawing from the world ought to be called to account. Enough with the rhetoric, the posturing, and the poison. What is the policy that they want? Let us hear them explain how they will drive a confrontation with Russia in Ukraine, while fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
The only way Americans will accept this nonsense is if they are scared out of their wits. Sadly, that seems to be the intent of the fear mongers, who need to be challenged before they frighten us into yet another costly debacle.

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Cook County Elder Justice Center - March "Free" Senior EnrichmentSeminars


There is still space available for the two attached March “Free” Senior Enrichment Seminars:

Thursday, March 5, 2015 – (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Topic: “Caring for Grandchildren: Guardianship and Visitation

Location: Courtroom 2005 - 20th Floor

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – (11:30 am – 1:30 pm)

Topic: “Financial Literacy“

Location: Room CL-115 – Concourse Level

Call the Elder Justice Center at (312) 603-9233 to reserve your seat.

Please mark your calendar for the above seminar dates. I would also appreciate it if you would begin sharing information on the above seminars with your friends, family and colleagues to ensure that this important information is made available to all who may be interested in learning more about the above topics.

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CBA Micro-lending Day

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CBA Micro-lending Day
Chatham Business Association has been chosen and trained as an Affiliate Micro-lender by the City of Chicago Micro-lending Institute and will now be able to offer our business community Micro-loans of up to $25,000.00. If you are a business owner who may have been turned down by a bank, you should come and learn more about the micro lending initiative. This is a bank supported BUT NOT A BANK RUN INITIATIVE.
Quick Application process and turn-a-around time!


Sponsored by: PNC, Fifth Third Bank, Seaway Bank, Bank of America, Urban Partnership Bank, Citi Bank, and First Midwest Bank

Light Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
For questions or to confirm attendance contact Richard Willis. Email: or Phone: 773-994-5006 x 1007
Date: February 26, 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM CST
Location: 800 East 78th Street (Chatham Business Association Offices)
Contact: Aisha Jakes
Date/Time Details: Anytime Between 9:00AM - 3:00PM

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