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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Text4Baby Tuesday - June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

Dear MARY,
With the month of July beginning tomorrow, we would like to draw your attention toPurposeful Parenting Month, which is celebrated each year in July to bring awareness to the importance of involved parenting. Since Text4baby is specifically designed for parents and soon-to-be parents, we want to remind you of some of the ways that the service provides helpful tips and suggestions for new and expecting parents to "parent with a purpose" right from the start.

Several of our messages remind parents of the importance of communicating with their babies, even early on, to promote healthy language development. For example:

Babies need a lot of love! Words matter to a baby, even if you think your baby is too young to understand. Talk, read, and sing to your baby!

We also have mobile pages on many different parenting topics, including not smoking around babycomforting baby, and monitoring developmental milestones.  

Learn more about some of the other resources ZERO TO THREE has developed to support responsive and purposeful parenting in the first three years and beyond. 

Text4baby partners like you help us reach new and expectant parents to provide them with important information about many topics, including positive parenting practices, and we appreciate all you do!


Kathleen Murphy
Senior Program Manager, Text4baby                                                                          

 Quote of the Week 

"Text4baby answers questions you don't know to ask as a first time mom! I loved receiving helpful texts during my pregnancy and after we welcomed our baby girl! The messages reassured me that I was making healthy choices for myself and my baby but also triggered me to research unfamiliar topics by searching the Internet, talking to other moms or making a note for Q&A with my OBGYN at the next appointment."

 - Katya M. from Baltimore, MD (Verizon user)

MPA LLC Honors Voting Rights Act - 50-Year Anniversary, It's personal

June 30, 2015
City Center Milwaukee | DAY 233 |  Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC announces its recognition and All Hands on Deck, WE CAN action for honoring the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  
  1. Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th amendment granted African American men the right to vote.
The additional assurance of African Americans Right to Vote even though the 15th Amendment of the Constitution was  already in place.  African American were yet being disenfranchised and not allowed the right of VOTE.

MPA LLC Voting Campaign 2015-16 is to remember and Keep Hope Alive.

On August 6, 2015, America will celebrate the 50-year mark of the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson (1908-73) on August 6, 1965, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States.

Belvedere and Schacknow - CNBC Squawk Box - June 30, 2015

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U.S. stock futures were indicating a strong rebound this morning, following the worst day of the year on Wall Street-even though the Greek crisis, seen as the culprit Monday, does not appear to be near resolution. (CNBC)
The snapback does not appear nearly enough to make up for Monday'sdecline, and at this point, only the Nasdaq is on pace to complete a positive second quarter, which ends today. (CNBC)

Greece is widely expected to miss a $1.8 billion debt payment to the IMFtoday-before the country's bailout officially ends at midnight and after a last-minute offer from the European Commission. (CNBC)

The EC offer requires Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to encourage voters in Sunday's national referendum to support the reforms-for-aid conditions imposed by creditors. (Reuters)

With capital controls and long lines at ATMs, Greek banks remain closed. The system, kept afloat by emergency liquidity assistance from the ECB, is up for review tomorrow. | Live blog (CNBC)

Standard & Poor's has lowered its rating on Puerto Rico to CCC-minus from CCC-plus with a negative outlook, as the governor of the commonwealthseeks to restructure the debt under U.S. bankruptcy code. (Reuters)

Competing with the likes of Spotify and Pandora (P), the new streaming music service from Apple (AAPL) makes its debut today. It costs $9.99 a month for full access to the iTunes library. (USA Today)

Microsoft (MSFT) is exiting the display advertising business, letting AOL (AOL) sell ads on its websites and apps, while selling map technology to ride-hailing service Uber. (Reuters)

General Motors (GM) said a shareholder lawsuit related to its ignition switch recalls has been dismissed. The suit accused GM directors of breaching their duties by failing to oversee company operations. (Reuters)

A federal jury has awarded $18 million to a young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street executive boss in an $850 million complaint over lurid allegations of sexual conquest, betrayal, and stalking. (USA Today)

President Barack Obama proposed in an op-ed last night to make up to 5 million more people eligible for overtime, in the administration's latest effort to boost pay for lower-income workers. (NBC News)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to announce his entry into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination tonight at Livingston High School, his alma mater. (USA Today)

Monday, June 29, 2015

SATURDAY TALK - Follow the Money Forum - Candidates for 2015 and 2016 - The New Breed

Photos by:  Craig Jackson

Candidate Andrew Shaw - District 4

Candidate Joe Davis - Mayor

Candidate Randy Jones - District 7

Candidate Michael Sugdin - District 11
Candidate James Methu - Mayor 
June 29, 2015
City Center Milwaukee | DAY 232 | The Quarterly meeting of Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC was two hours (2) of engagements of discussion for informed Information sharing.  

SATURDAY TALK topic of discussion was:  
The Buck and NBA Bucks stop with the CORE CONSTITUENTS - NEW Arena and Park East Development for the NBA Milwaukee Bucks.

The five (5) Speakers were a true expression of Hidden Talent and professionals willing to provide transparent and accountable leadership based in STEWARDSHIP for the electorates of the city of Milwaukee. 

They are:
  • Joe Davis Sr. - Mayor
  • James Methu - Mayor
  • Andrew Shaw - District 4
  • Randy Jones - District 7
  • Michael Sugden Jr. - District 11

They represent a NEW BREED.
They represent a NEW BREED of politicians in Milwaukee who see "Capacity Building" and removal of Enduring Concentrated Poverty means being INCLUSIVE in our economic development for quality-of-life issues for ALL Milwaukeeans.  

A common thread from each of the personable candidates was the insight about their "constituents" - Who they are?  Where they are?  What problems do they see?  What they want done?  

"Hearing each one of the speakers/candidates, you could see and hear a NEW BREED".  "Hearing each one of the speakers/candidates, you could see and hear a NEW BREED of candidates for mayor and alderperson for the charter officers of Milwaukee."  "Each speaker came to the podium with their brand of passion and expressed disappointment in how the Arena and Park East opportunity failed Milwaukeeans in its present proposal," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO/CVO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.

The topic of  discussion for SATURDAY TALK was centered on the "Cheaper to Keep Them" plan provided for Wisconsinites on June 4, 2015 by Governor Scott Walker, County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.


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Global stocks were under heavy pressure this morning, as Greece imposed capital controls ahead of a national vote on bailout conditions. Banks and the stock market there were closed for the week. | Live blog(CNBC)
Reforms-for-aid talks broke down late Friday, when the Greek prime minister announced the referendum, set for July 5Without a deal, Greece is expected to default on an IMF debt payment tomorrow. (CNBC)

The Greek crisis pushed U.S. stock futures sharply lower Monday, following a 3 percent drop in Germany and pressure elsewhere in Europe and Asia. The euro, oil prices, and bond yields were all under pressure as well. (CNBC)

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, who invested last year in Greece's Eurobank, joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" at 7:30 a.m. ET with his take on whether Greece will leave the single euro currency.

New York Fed President William Dudley said a September interest rate hike is "very much in play" if the economy continues to strengthen. The June employment report, out Thursday because of the holiday, could provide more clues. (FT)

The Bank for International Settlements, often described as the central bank of central banks, is repeating its warning in its annual report about the dangers posed by ultra-low interest rates. (FT)

The governor of Puerto Rico has concluded the commonwealth cannot payits roughly $72 billion in debts, an admission that could have wide-reaching financial repercussions. (NY Times)

Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear deal struck with world powers three months ago. U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord wouldlikely run past tomorrow's deadline. (Reuters)

Inmate David Sweat was critical condition last night, after being shot and captured less than six miles from the Canadian border. Fellow escapee Richard Matt, also a convicted murderer, was killed Friday. (NBC News)

An unmanned rocket built by billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX exploded shortly after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Sunday,destroying a cargo capsule bound for the International Space Station.

Canada's Element Financial is buying General Electric's (GE) fleet management operations in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand for nearly $6.7 billion in cash. (Reuters)

Following last week's blockbuster rulings on gay marriage and Obamacare, the Supreme Court ends its latest term this week, with decisions including one on power-plant emissions. (USA Today)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SATURDAY TALK - June 27, 2015 - 2016 Candidates for local office Discussion BUCKS Arena and Park East

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June 24, 2015

City Center Milwaukee | SATURDAY TALK, June 27, 2015, is the monthly discussion forum powered by Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC for informed decision-making about HOT BUTTON issues impacting CORE CONSTITUENTS of the city of Milwaukee.

This month's AGENDA will review past presentations the last three months and our presenters.  It will remember those who have been added to our history book such as Welford Sanders, Developer on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee.

Additionally, we will have:

    Citizen Action of Wisconsin
  • MY VISIT TO CHINA - LA' FRISKO LEWIS, University of WI - Milwaukee 
La'Frisko Lewis - UW-Milwaukee Senior, Speaker, International Traveler
La'Frisko Lewis has been with us for two years leading the Black Male Incarceration SATURDAY TALK sessions.

He recently visited China for 18 days and will share his tour with his International Studies class to many business companies, tourist sites, and a Child Care Center.

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JUNE 24, 2015

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his government's proposed reforms in exchange for bailout aid have not been accepted by its international creditors. U.S. stock futures were under pressure this morning. (CNBC)
Investors will also be studying the government's third and final revision of first quarter GDP-set for release at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect the contraction to be smaller than the previous estimate. (CNBC)

In recent sessions, Wall Street had been gaining positive momentum as the month and second quarter near an end. The Nasdaq hit another recordTuesday, as the Dow and S&P 500 inched closer to new highs. (CNBC)

In a move that could make shares more attractive to individual investors, Netflix (NFLX) has approved a 7-for-1 stock split, following in the footsteps of Apple (AAPL), which executed a similar action last year. (CNBC)

Apple's new streaming music service has signed deals with independent labels. The move follows Apple's decision to pay royalties during a free trial period-a reversal after criticism from popstar Taylor Swift. (Billboard)

Boeing (BA) is replacing veteran CEO Jim McNerney with current president and COO Dennis Muilenburg, 51, who joined the company as an intern in 1985. McNerney will remain chairman. (CNBC)

Coty (COTY) wants to stick with its interim CEO for now-so the executive who had been slated for the top has decided not to join the cosmetics and fragrance maker. He's getting a $1.8 million exit package. (AP)

Clothing company American Apparel (APP) has accused ousted founder Dov Charney of using ethnic slurs against workers and keeping videos on a company server of himself in sex acts with models and employees. (Reuters)

Palantir, the CIA-backed big data startup that began life catering for the intelligence services, is raising funds at a $20 billion valuation, more than doubling its worth in a year and a half. (FT)

The NSA spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, according to WikiLeaks, citing top secret intelligence reports and technical documents. (Reuters)

A federal judge in Boston today is expected to formally sentence 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (NBC News)

South Carolina lawmakers have agreed to hold a debate later this summer on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol. Meanwhile, the coffin of State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, among those killed in the mass church shooting, will be on display today in the Statehouse Rotunda. (AP)

Alibaba (BABA) has become the latest retailer remove Confederate flag-themed items from its website. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has decided to stop licensing products related to the iconic "Dukes of Hazzard" muscle car, the General Lee, which had the Confederate flag on the roof. (Reuters & Vulture)

The Senate is preparing to hand President Barack Obama a major victory with final passage of fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals. The measure, opposed by Democrats, has already passed in the House. (AP)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected today to enter an already crowded field for the 2016 Republican nomination for president. Jindal is scheduled for a "Squawk Box" interview tomorrow morning. (USA Today)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wheeling & Dealing with he People 's Resources by the Buck' s Owners & Front Men Barrett, Abele, and Walker is NO DEAL

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Far Left - Chair Frank Gumbel - Wisconsin Center District
On Thursday, June 4, 2015, a thunderous clap of monopoly-oligopoly "wheeling and dealing" was unveiled by undeclared candidate for President of the United States, Scott Walkermayor of the city of Milwaukee but abandoned Milwaukeeans  Tom Barrett,  declared self-ruler and family-fortune candidate Chris Abele for county executive of Milwaukee County. They came with the theme:  "It is cheaper to keep them".  

They are charter officers at the city-county-state level of government of Wisconsin to conduct the People's business with an Oath and U. S. Constitution as their guide.

Unfortunately, the prepared speeches failed to show the CORE CONSTITUENTS that they were "in-the-details" with immediate and long-term incentives and benefits for coverage.

Catchy Phase lack substance
Yes.  The catchy phrase, "It is cheaper to keep them" (the Bucks) was just that - a catch phrase.  It immediately spoke of a flaw and how the People's business was left not covered in the previous Bradley deal for the BUCKS.  Otherwise, why would the People be left with the gaping hole of $419 million for maintenance that Walker started his speech with for support of the $500 million financial plan?

What is clear, the People of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, especially Milwaukee's CORE CONSTITUENTS must say, "It is not cheaper to keep the BUCKS, Walker, Barrett or Abele".

Walker, Barrett and Abele's behavior in the Bucks deal SOLD the People out.  

Missed opportunity of leadership and stewardship
For Walker, Barrett and Abele to come to us with a deal that put the People's neck on the chopping block, shows NO real negotiations to impact Milwaukee's Enduring Concentrated Poverty (both quality of life and economic development at the neighborhood and census tract level), place ancillary high-priced housing development ($2,000 per month rent) and support fleecing the stakeholders that deliver federal funding - those already besieged by debt and disparities, yet claim fiscal responsibility on behalf of the citizenry speaks to their REMOVAL in 2016 .  The three representatives has presented us with BAIT-N-SWITCH again.  The banner waving JOBS claim that has NO teeth.

They have asked for their "pink slips".  We must start with making known that they have angered us and pitted us against each other at a time it should be ALL HANDS ON DECK.

They do not warrant further representation in our local, county and state government.  As for Walker, he will self-destruct once he has "declared" his candidacy and investigative reporters hit the airwaves that vet his background in leadership as a member of the state assembly, county executive, and governor.

Milwaukeeans and our neighbors of Milwaukee County must say, what you have presented is NO DEAL.

Milwaukeeans and our neighbors of Milwaukee County must say to Walker, Barrett, Abele and the Bucks entourage, we have NOT been represented by our charter officers in a manner acceptable for use of our city-county-state coffers, real estate, and other financial resources.  Our concerns/priorities include:
  • lack of CORE CONSTITUENTS (African American, other People of Color and Work Challenged) at the table with specifics for decision making.
  • lack of CORE CONSTITUENTS' local-county-state elected representatives at the table for legislative enforcement inclusion in the state budget.
  • lack pen-to-paper specifics of agreed pre-during-post development of employment of Milwaukeeans - CORE CONSTITUENTS (un- and under-employed).
  • $419 million reminds us of lack of representation to protect us from the last deal with the Bradley Center.  It infers and reminds us that the right deal was not made to protect us for the Bradley Center; therefore, the People are left holding the $419 million cost.
  • $1 lots giveaways to billionaires.  
  • "BLANK CHECK and CANVAS" use of the Park East valued real estate that does not show CORE CONSTITUENTS as anchors in design, construction, development and life-of-the project commitment for gainful permanent employment.
  • lack overseers on Wisconsin Center District board of CORE CONSTITUENTS.
  • $4 million per year "debt collector" for overdue debt at the county level - more money for illogical means and more folk demonized, homeless, incarcerated, unemployed and by-design perpetuated Enduring Concentrated Poverty.
  • payment plan/system of the Wisconsin Center District questionable.
  • clear investment of the BUCKS owners as a partner to infrastructural growth and CORE CONSTITUENT over the next 20 years and/or life of the People's investments.
  • lack of hands-on and clear investment of time (i.e., education camps) by the BUCKS and other visiting NBA players to garner pipeline leadership, stewardship for the revenue the players contribute in this plan, appreciation of the hometown team, and NBA sports.
  • lack investor-friendly incentives and benefits for partnering with the Bucks owners and their entourage.
  • lack catalytic components that will galvanize innovation at neighborhood nodes for generating economic development for hidden talent and vetted businesses in the city of Milwaukee.
Milwaukeeans and our neighbors of Milwaukee County must say we see "potential opportunity", but we must be at the center of engagement for benefits for the life of this 20-plus year commitment.

Milwaukeeans and our neighbors of Milwaukee County must say to the Bucks owners, Herb Kohl and other investors, Bucks players, Peter Feigin, Paul Henning and Commissioner Adam Silver let's make a REAL DEAL - one that is model for these type of city developments and one that will be a mega WinWin for both the People and them.

The deal on the table is beneath our expectations and are manipulative.

Elected Officials - Due Diligence
Common Council, Board of Supervisor, state representatives (Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and state), Milwaukee Public Schools Board and Milwaukee Area Technical College Board this is your time to show "trustworthy" leadership.  Do NOT disrespect us.  Do not play cronyism.  Do not allow your opportunity to represent us to be LOST.  We will remember.  We will remember and take actions now, 2016 and beyond.

As a reminder - In February, 2015, the Common Council (9-6) OK'D the long-awaited transportation funding for transportation to and from jobs, quality of life issues and to impact Enduring Concentrated Poverty to Tom Barrett, MMAC, GMC, M7  and the monopoly-oligopoly.  The STORY/BAIT-N-SWITCH was the same.  P R O M I S E D jobs.  Zip/Zero in commitment of measurable specificity in the form of pen-to-paper agreement of time and deliverables to CORE CONSITITUENTS.

The Alderpersons that made this UNWISE decision against the CORE CONSTITUENTS were:

  • Michael Murphy
  • Ashanti Hamilton
  • Nik Novac
  • Milele Coggs
  • Willie Wade
  • Jose Perez
  • Bob Bauman
  • Russell Stamper II,
  • Terry Witkowski.

The Alderman that did not hand over the family jewels were:

  • Joe Davis
  • James Boyl
  • Jim Dudzik (deceased)
  • Robert Puente
  • Robert Donovan
  • Tony Zielinski

Lack of Etiquette
Invitations to Bucks to communicate and be inclusive have been snubbed.
It says they are not credible and disrespectful to those they want to "pony up" the key assets for deliverables.

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC can document disrespect  to our INVITATION to come before us at SATURDAY TALK and share their intentions (NO RESPONSE from ALEX LASRY or anyone).  With that type of disrespect, NO REPLY, there is no urgency or even a real reason to support the mega Big Deal for the owners (Wes Edens,Marc Lasry and investors Herb Kohl, Jamie Damon, and the local investors).

We are also aware that elected officials have written with NO response.  That's simple Etiquette 101.  It is also called:  DEAL BREAKER.

Stay tuned.
June 11, 2015