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Curve Nation Brings Plus Size Powerhouses to Orlando Area



Curve Nation Brings Plus Size Powerhouses to Orlando Area (via www.prnation.org)

Orlando, Florida – Every day women are exposed to media that tells them everything that is wrong with their body, even if it is not.  Curve Nation hosts a variety of events specifically targeted towards plus-size women.  With a growing community, Curve Nation is presenting their first annual Plus Size Expo hosted by Rosie Mercado.

This event is sponsored by POSE Magazine and M3K Beauty, which has been featured at the Academy Awards, In-Style Magazine, and on The Ellen Show. The Curve National Plus Size Community Expo will occur July 11, 2014 through July 13, 2014 at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference will include lifestyle seminars, shopping, a pool party, a fashion show, beauty workshops, Curve Nation’s Curves in Paradise Party, and a beauty and modeling session hosted by plus-size model, Rosie Mercado.

Mercado, star of NUVOtv show, Curvy Girls is a world-renowned plus-size model and will speak at the conference. Other speakers include CEO and founder of Full Figured Fashion Week, Gwen DeVoe, blogger of BigCurvyLove.com, Kelly Glover, along with Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins from Livi Rae Lingerie and the show Double Divas. 

The Curve Nation Plus Size Community Expo has also partnered with the charity, Dress for Success of Central Florida who has a major need for work appropriate suits and separates for women sizes 14 and over. A silent auction will be held along with donations being accepted to fill this void where all proceeds go to the charity.

At the conference, guests will have a chance to meet Mercado as well as enjoy activities and make new networking connections. Representatives from Livi Rae Lingerie will also be having an exclusive bra-fitting event for expo guests.

Registration for the Expo includes a hot breakfast buffet, lunch, admission to all Expo events, a welcome reception, general admission to the Curves in Paradise Party, a send-off barbecue, and a welcome kit.

Attendance at the Curve Nation Plus Size Community Expo is a great way for individuals and businesses to make connections and learn about the plus-size community.

For more information about the conference and Curve Nation, visit www.ClubCurveNation.com/Expo-2014.

Contact:
Kimberly Dolson
407.953.2146
curvydollcurvenation@gmail.com
www.ClubCurveNation.com

 

Elected Officials, Civil Rights Groups Join Family of Ramarley Graham to Call on Justice Department to Act with Formal Investigation of Police Shooting



Black, Latino & Asian caucuses of NYS Legislature and NYC Council request DOJ consider convening grand jury, national civil rights group ColorofChange launches nationwide petition effort to members 

***View ColorOfChange Petition Here: http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/ramarley_graham/***

New York, NY – Just days after Ramarley Graham would have celebrated his 21st birthday, family members of Graham were joined by elected officials and civil rights groups to demand that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct a formal and thorough investigation into his shooting death by the NYPD. Graham, an 18-year-old Bronx resident, was shot and killed by NYPD Officer Richard Haste in the bathroom of his family’s home in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother after Haste unlawfully busted into the house in February 2012. After the Office of the Bronx District Attorney failed to indict, the U.S. Department of Justice indicated it was reviewing the case, but there have been no indications that it has opened a full investigation.

“I was unable to celebrate Ramarley’s 21st birthday last Saturday or his last two birthdays, and instead have been forced to memorialize his life,” said Constance Malcolm, the mother of Ramarley Graham. “All I want is justice for the murder of my son and the Department of Justice is truly the only level of our justice system left that can provide accountability for the violation of Ramarley’s civil rights. They must act and provide a sense of basic equality that demonstrates our country equally respects the rights and lives of young men of color.” 

The chairs and members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and the New York City Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus stood with the family to announce that they had sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an official investigation by the Department of Justice into the death of Ramarley Graham.

“The fact that there has not been a thorough and exhaustive investigation into the death of Ramarley Graham compounds the tragedy this family has faced,” said Assemblyman Karim Camara, chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus. “From an alleged gun that was never discovered to the callous manner in which this family alleges they were treated by NYPD--there are too many unanswered questions. Not only must we ensure the circumstances surrounding his tragic death are not forgotten, but we must also send a strong message to young men of color that we value their lives and we will fight to protect their civil rights. It is my hope that the Department of Justice acts promptly as it is abundantly clear that this case necessitates further investigation.”

“As we reflect on the young life of Ramarley Graham, who would have celebrated his 21th birthday this past Saturday, we can only speculate what contributions he would have made to society. We can only reflect on a young life that will never know a full life. We ask the question: Will there be justice for the unarmed teenager shot by police? We're asking the Justice Department to evaluate the case of Officer Richard Haste vs. Ramarley Graham so that justice and fairness can be served,” said 12th District Council Member Andy King, co-chair of the City Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.

National civil rights organization ColorofChange – the nation’s largest civil rights online advocacy organization that has mobilized Black Americans across the country on various racial and social justice issues – announced that it launched a nationwide petition demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct a thorough investigation and bring charges against NYPD officer Richard Haste, who shot and killed Graham.

“The petitions signed by ColorOfChange members represent the voices and stories of thousands of everyday people who want to trust our law enforcement officials, and who want to believe that justice will be served regardless of the color of one’s skin or the amount of money in one’s pocket,” said Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. “Ramarley's family, Bronx community and supporters across the city have organized for more than two years to ensure that the local officials are fairly and thoroughly investigating the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old. The Department of Justice has a duty to protect our community against violent policing, racial profiling and to make sure that the justice system is working to equally protect Black youth, especially when local and state officials fail to do so.”

Four months after the 2012 shooting, a Bronx grand jury indicted Haste on two counts of manslaughter; the first indictment of an NYPD officer for killing a civilian since 2007. But in May 2013, Judge Steven Barrett dismissed the indictment due to a technical error made by an assistant district attorney. A second grand jury decided not to re-indict Haste, but the U.S. Justice Department indicated it was reviewing the case.

“The U.S. justice system must not continue to utterly fail the families of those who have unjustly lost their lives to the NYPD,” said Loyda Colon, Co-Director of Justice Committee. “Ramarley Graham, Sean Bell and Noel Polanco are just a few of those who have been killed by the NYPD without any justification and despite being unarmed. The U.S. Department of Justice has a choice to make:  it can fail to provide equal justice or it can send a message to the nation that the justice system values the lives of young people of color by bringing federal civil rights charges against officers responsible for the killing of Ramarley Graham.”

The family was also joined in support by State Senators Adriano Espaillat, Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Bill Perkins, Assembly Members Walter T. Mosley, Félix Ortiz, Keith L.T. Wright, and New York City Council Black, Latino & Asian Caucus co-chair Rosie Mendez, Council Member Jumaane Williams, and Pastor Que English.

“We’re here today because, more than two years after Ramarley Graham was killed, New York has failed to provide any meaningful accountability,” said New York Civil Liberties Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “When a child gets killed by a police officer in the bathroom of his family’s house, something has gone terribly wrong. And yet no one has provided any answers to explain how this tragedy occurred, or to prescribe remedies to ensure that no family ever has to suffer again in the way that the Graham family has. If New York City and New York State refuse to investigate, then that means it’s time for the Department of Justice to do so. We’re here talking about a child’s life. The stakes are too high to allow this tragedy to go unanswered.”

The renewed push comes just months after the two year anniversary of Ramarley’s death, when the family was joined by 1199SEIU President George Gresham, community supporters, and the family members of several New Yorkers killed by NYPD officers over the past 20 years at a memorial service. Graham’s mother, Constance, is a member of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which has supported the family’s struggle for justice.

“There is no way to ever fill the deep void left by the loss of a child. But it is our strong hope that the Department of Justice fully investigates the killing of Ramarley Graham so that justice can be served and we can prevent these types of deplorable shootings in the future,” said George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest union in New York and the largest healthcare union in the nation. “The number of young people of color killed with impunity in this country is an ongoing moral outrage. We will continue to organize with Ramarley’s family and our allies to put an end to these killings, advance policies that will safeguard the lives of our youth, and demand that justice be done.”

Ramarley Graham would have turned 21 on April 12, 2014.

Obama: Stop Saying Sorry For Obamacare


Jim Watson/AFP - US President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the White House in Washington, DC, on April 17, 2014

US President Barack Obama told fellow Democrats to stop saying sorry for his health care law Thursday, revealing that eight million people had now signed up for insurance.

Obama said it was also time for Republicans to accept that the Affordable Care Act -- the cornerstone of his domestic legacy, which was plagued by a botched rollout and fierce political controversy -- works and is here to stay.

"I think that Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud" of helping millions of people, Obama said at a press conference.

"I don't think we should apologize for it, and I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think is a strong, good, right story to tell."

Republicans have made opposition to Obama's law a centerpiece of their campaign ahead of mid-term elections in November.

Democrats, who have an uphill battle to retain control of the Senate, have seen their candidates, especially in conservative states, assailed by negative advertising about the law.

Obama said that eight million people had signed up for plans under Obamacare insurance exchanges in the first enrollment period, which ended at the end of last month.

After meeting insurance industry executives at the White House, he also said that 35 percent of those who had enrolled were under the age of 35.

The age breakdown of those enrolling for the plans is vital to Obamacare's success since the logic of the law requires younger, more healthy patients to subsidize older, sicker plan holders with their premiums.

The law remains broadly unpopular, though some provisions, including the ban on insurance companies refusing policies to those with pre-existing conditions, are winning acceptance.

Obama said he was "curious" why Republicans had made opposition to Obamacare, which they have voted repeatedly to repeal, their core political message.

"If Republicans want to spend all their time talking about repealing a law that's working, that's their business," he said.

"I think what Democrats should do is not be defensive, but we need to move on and focus on the things that are really important to the American people right now."

But a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner said that the White House health care plan had created "havoc" and called on officials to reveal how many of those who signed up for it had actually paid premiums.

"The White House continues to obscure the full impact of Obamacare," said the spokesman, Brendan Buck.

Orlando City Council Candidate Reaffirms Her Consistent Platform



Candidate for the Orlando City Council District 5, Regina Hill, called a press conference on Wednesday evening. Ms. Hill stated that she wanted to reaffirm her consistent platform, as her opponent has changed his position and adopted a platform similar to hers.

Rejoice reached out to Juan Lynum's campaign, which advised a response will not be issued, as they will remain focused and stand by Mr. Lynum's previous statement, "My promise is to be just as accessible as commissioner, as I am as a candidate, answering and returning phone calls to those interested in moving the community forward versus looking back. I will listen and make sure everyone is treated fairly; no special favors." 

The transcript to Ms. Hill's entire speech are as follows:

"Thank you.  My heart is overwhelmed and my spirit is humbled by the voice of the people - the voice of many of you here today. Those of you who stood with me and cast your vote for me on April 8th. Being in this runoff marks an accomplishment for us, the people. It sends a powerful message that we want something different. We want accountability, open, honest and timely communication. We want and need opportunities to flourish. So I thank you, the people, for your support.

In a rare moment of honesty, my opponent shared that he just could not understand how "someone like me" would  garner so much support from the people. Wow. Someone like me? What does that mean? Someone with a job? Someone with children? A business owner? A tireless volunteer? A voting and contributing member of society? A US Veteran? A survivor? I am not sure what he meant but I do know he underestimated ME and people "like me".

It was people like me - the voters - who have caused my opponent to change his campaign focus from 'running on the legacy of his mom' to a message quite similar to my platform. Yet, I remind you,that I am the only candidate who has CONSISTENTLY said I will work for the people and with the people to improve of the people in District 5.

I have been told that as City Commissioner I will not be an advocate. I will be a lawmaker. They say, I am too focused on "the people" - the least of us.  I disagree. An effective lawmaker, a leader must be an advocate - the voice of the people. We live in a democracy - government of the people; by the people; and for the people.

Further, I understand that if we want to have a City Beautiful then we must beautify the lives of the least of us. That means jobs, training, education, housing, transportation not a handout but an opportunity - a hand up.

As I close: this race has been a life-defining experience for me. I have had mountain-high and valley-low moments throughout this campaign. But I remain encouraged. I remain optimistic. I believe that if we - you and I - stand together we can effectuate positive change for the residents of District 5 and all of the residents of The City Beautiful. Vote for me Regina Hill on May 6th."

Elizabeth Warren’s new book: Run-ins with Obama and praise for Hillary Clinton




Elizabeth Warren’s new book: Run-ins with Obama and praise for Hillary Clinton (via Raw Story )

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) flustered both President Barack Obama and his former economic advisor on top of making Republicans “nervous,” according to an her upcoming autobiography, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.

In the book, scheduled to be released on April 22, Warren wrote that Obama informed her during a 2010 meeting in the Oval Office that he would not nominate her to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying she made Senate GOP members and Wall Street executives “very nervous.” Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray would subsequently be nominated instead, although his own nomination process also faced Republican opposition.

During another meeting a few weeks later, Warren expressed her reluctance to Obama’s suggestion that she take on a consultancy role to assist in setting the bureau up.

“You’re jamming me, Elizabeth,” she quoted Obama as saying. When she accepted the position, Warren wrote, the president “urged me not to overplay my hand.”

Politico reported that Warren’s book also contains a brief mention of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying Clinton promised Warren in 1998 that she would “fight on behalf of working families” against the bill that would eventually be known as the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2000, which had gained support from the finance industry. Clinton’s husband, then-President Bill Clinton, would later use the “pocket veto” to kill the bill.

“President Clinton stood strong with struggling families,” Warren wrote. “With no public fanfare, he vetoed the industry’s bill.”

Hillary Clinton has been the rumored front-runner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2016, though some progressives have also made the case for Warren to seek the nomination, which some observers say could be buoyed by the new book, titled A Fighting Chance.

“It’s not the book that would have been on the syllabus for her Harvard Law School class,” Democratic consultant Chris Lehane told the Globe, adding that if Warren does make a bid for the White House, “it will be on the syllabus of every reporter covering the presidential election in 2016.”

The book also reportedly chronicles the deterioration of her relationship with Larry Summers, a former Harvard colleague who became Obama’s economic advisor. Summers also opposed Warren’s nomination to lead the bureau, she wrote, but during one dinner he told her she faced a choice between being an “insider” or an “outsider,” arguing that being an insider offered the benefit of access to present her ideas to the powerful.

“But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders,” Warren wrote, quoting Summers. “I had been warned.”

[Image by Tim Pierce via Flickr Creative Commons]

NAACP suspends Philly chapter president Jerry Mondesire
















NAACP suspends Philly chapter president Jerry Mondesire (via NewsWorks)

The embattled president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has been suspended by the national organization. The local chapter confirmed President Jerry Mondesire and three other officials have all been removed, pending a hearing. Donald “Ducky” Birts, Rev. Elisha Morris and Sid Booker had accused Mondesire of mishandling the group's finances.

News of the suspensions was originally reported in the Philadelphia Tribune. Other Philadelphia-area publications reported earlier this year members had called for an audit after finding Mondesire was directing NAACP donations through a defunct nonprofit he founded called The Next Generation CDC.

The organization would not provide further comment. Mondesire and the other suspended members have not returned calls seeking comment.

Nan Rich Calls For Medicaid Expansion In Florida



Hialeah–Speaking to supporters and healthcare advocates at a rally today, Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich called on state leaders to accept federal funding and expand access to Medicaid.

“In Florida hundreds of thousands of people work all day, every day, sometimes two and three jobs, trying to make ends meet,” Rich said. “For many of them, each day starts with a prayer that they don’t get sick, because a sick day means medical bills that can break a family’s finances, or worse.”

With 3.9 million uninsured, Florida has the second-highest number of uninsured residents in the nation. Still, Republican legislators and Governor Rick Scott have declined to accept $51 billion in federal funding that is available to expand Medicaid.

Rich highlighted the story of Charlene Dill, a 32 year-old single mother of three children, who died last month of a treatable heart condition. Dill earned too much to qualify for Medicaid, but was unable to afford health insurance on her own.

“For us to leave so many Floridians having to choose between basic healthcare and basic necessities is wrong,” Rich said. “And for Governor Scott and the Republican Legislature to leave people without care when there is $51 billion in federal funding on the table is morally wrong. Those are our tax dollars that will get spent in another state if we don’t insure people in Florida.”

Independent Fact Check Sites: Claims in New RGA Attack Ad “Misleading” and “False”



New RGA ad repeats debunked claims made by Sarah Palin

LANSING – Today the Republican Governor’s Association, chaired by corrupt New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, released a new ad attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. The claims in the ad echo comments made by Sarah Palin, which have been labeled “false” and “misleading” by FactCheck.org, and “false” by Politifact.com.

“National Republicans know Rick Snyder is in trouble, so they’ve stooped to repeating debunked claims made by Sarah Palin,” said Zack Pohl, spokesman for Schauer for Governor. “Nobody has fought harder than Mark Schauer to strengthen Buy American laws. But let’s be clear, Rick Snyder has personally signed documents sending American jobs to Mexico and Asia. It’s clear this governor is out of touch, and only looking out for the wealthy and big corporations.”

ATTACKS IN RGA AD DEBUNKED BY INDEPENDENT FACT CHECKERS:

– The Politifact Truth-o-Meter ruled that Sarah Palin’s claim that “most of the renewable energy stimulus dollars have gone to Chinese turbinemakers” was “false.” [Politifact, 2/17/10]

– The Politifact Truth-o-Meter ruled that Mitt Romney’s TV ad claiming that “Stimulus went to windmills from China” was “mostly false.” [Politifact, 7/18/12]

– In 2010, FactCheck.org highlighted multiple Republican campaigns “running false or misleading TV ads accusing their opponents of shipping jobs to China.” [FactCheck.org, 10/29/10]

SCHAUER PUSHED OBAMA TO STRENGTHEN BUY AMERICAN LAWS:

– Schauer asks feds to enforce ‘buy American’ provision [Battle Creek Enquirer headline, 6/22/10]

– Schauer’s bill would block Chinese goods [Battle Creek Enquirer, 4/13/10]

– Schauer says companies are defrauding the U.S. to win stimulus contracts, according to letter written to VP Biden [Jackson Citizen Patriot, 6/22/10]

SNYDER PERSONALLY OUTSOURCED JOBS TO MEXICO AND ASIA AT GATEWAY

– Shortly after Snyder was named Gateway’s chairman in May 2005, he signed an SEC disclosure that stated the company had outsourced all its manufacturing operations, a significant portion of its support functions and some administrative services. More specifically, the company disclosed outsourcing its manufacturing to countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Mexico.  [SEC, Gateway’s Amendment No. 1 to Form S-3, Filed 5/20/05]


Luckie’s Quick Tips: Healthy Popcorn, Squats & Sleeping Better

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Luckie’s Quick Tips: Healthy Popcorn, Squats & Sleeping Better (via BlackDoctor.org)

Luckie’s Food of the Week: Popcorn

Benefits:

• Taste great
• High in fiber, which assists with satiety
• Great snack between meals
• Light bedtime snack

How to Prepare: Pour canola oil in 3-qtr. pot/sauce pan. Allow oil to heat at low/medium flame. Put a few whole grain kernels in pot. Once kernels pop, add more to pot and cover. Move pot back/forth across burner. Add sea salt. I’d recommend iodized sea salt, which promotes thyroid health.

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Luckie’s Exercise of the Week- Bodyweight Squats

Benefits:

  • Tones leg and glute muscles
  • Burns calories – Leg muscles are the largest of the body and muscle burns calories.

How to Do: Stand with feet at shoulder’s width with knees slightly bent. Place hands on side of head and contract abs. This is the starting position. squat A


Candidate for City Commissioner District 5 Attacks Residency Allegations, New Direction in Campaign After April 8th Election and Issues Regarding Gentrification

ORLANDO, FL-DISTRICT 5 CITY COMMISSIONER RACE-APRIL 14, 2014

Candidate for City Commissioner District 5 Attacks Residency Allegations, New Direction in Campaign After April 8th Election and Issues Regarding Gentrification

In his own words, Candidate for District 5 City Commissioner, Juan Lynum says, "I am excited to have an opportunity to change the direction of District 5 from gentrification to preservation and revitalization. As a result of the April 8th election, I heard the voters who perceive their elected officials have not been accountable or accessible. I want to assure voters Juan Lynum's brand of leadership comes with accessibility, listening and accountability.  I am personally hurt so many feel ignored and even run over by their government."

Lynum continues, "My promise is to be just as accessible as commissioner, as I am as a candidate, answering and returning phone calls to those interested in moving the community forward versus looking back. I will listen and make sure everyone is treated fairly; no special favors to anyone. We will demand that Mayor Dyer address the needs of our community and stop the gentrification projects. My words and actions will speak for themselves."

"The bottom line is $1.2 billion dollars could have built a free home for every registered voter in District 5. Such investment could have changed the lives of every poor, homeless and disadvantaged voter in the city. It's time for change which leads toward new priorities that focus on our streets, homes and families," Lynum said.

According to his Facebook status, Juan Lynum is talking about the issues and has taken a position of "raising taxes over cutting services". Currently, there is no indication as to his opponent's position on the issue.

In addition, Lynum adds, "Regretfully, the Juan Lynum campaign is the only campaign focusing on the issues; instead my opponent pushes a story about the validity of my residence when she is believed to own a home in another district and herself not live in District 5. Every life document I have is tied to my Orlando home and has been since my birth. Even my daughter's prepaid college fund is tied to her Orlando home. I am so happy FDLE has probed this issue so voters will know it is impossible for Juan Lynum to have any other primary address when his home, vital records, expenditures, office and employees have always been in Orlando."

Passionate about the residents of District 5, Lynum promises, "I can assure voters Juan Lynum is a man, husband and father who stands on his own as a former pharmaceutical sales manager, entrepreneur, lawyer, employer and Director of a non-profit. I have sued the City of Orlando, the City of Apopka, taken on OPD and state agencies about their discriminatory practices while many critics only blog about it. I don't hide behind blogs and social media posts; I come out, file complaints and demand justice in the face of adversity. I have always, since my first complaint against the City of Orlando in 1994, and always will 20+ years later."

Lynum is confident about voter support and says, "In expectation of winning this election, having a second child, and my wife leaving her job, we have begun looking for a second home in District 5. I know my daughter and hopefully future children will love growing up and living here as I do.  My heart, soul, life and successes are right here in Orlando. District 5 is going off track and I am the only candidate in this race with the experience, humility and capability of placing it back on track. Please, call me or invite me over to discuss your concerns about how you would like this community to move forward."

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