March 4, 2020

If of value, please see the following:

Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening Judicial Evaluations for the March 2020 Primary

Hank Meyer, Chairman
Craig Wimberly , President & Chair of Public Policy
On behalf of the COAL Board of Directors

  "The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us"  
Let's Get to Work.
By the Way...
In defense of (when it shouldn’t even be required) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

COAL came upon the following response an elected official gave to a supporter regarding the official's expressed strong support for State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

It is succinct and very much on point, so we share it with you should any of you get asked the same question:

"After my prior endorsement newsletter went out, someone asked me about State’s Attorney Foxx and her handling of the case involving Jussie Smollett. Here’s my reply: If you strip away the defendant's notoriety as an up-and-coming celebrity, Smollett was simply a first-time, non-violent offender. This case was handled by the State’s Attorney’s office the same way it would have been handled for any other first-time low-level offender. In fact, Foxx's office has increased alternatives to prosecution by 25 percent, giving non-violent offenders the chance to avoid prison. The State's Attorney's Office has limited resources and in order to reduce violence – a goal we all share – Foxx sought to prioritize  violent  crime to keep our streets safe. In addition, Smollett forfeited a $10,000 bond and did community service. He didn’t get away with the crime. 

Foxx’s opponents want to keep talking about this case to distract from her strong record of safety and criminal justice reform. The national criminal justice movement is watching this race and if Foxx loses, criminal justice reform will suffer nationally and the progress she has made will be set back." 

The community won't let that happen. And that is the 'Stone COAL Truth'.
Is it just history repeating?

There are three African American candidates running for the same Illinois Supreme Court position in the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary election. What is of note is that of the total of seven candidates running in this race, one of the African American candidates, Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr. already holds that seat. He is a sitting Illinois Supreme Court Justice.

The next  
Coalition Power Breakfast
is scheduled for
Saturday, March 7, 2020   
Begins 8:30am / Program 9:30am

Guest Speakers:
Ms. Fanti Bourdeau-Griffin
Mr. Gerald Griffin

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and the Bourdeau Griffin approach to building a strong business and brand
New Cost: $9
New Location: Bourdeau Griffin - 8237 S. Princeton Ave., Chicago 
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.