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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Laquan McDonald: Where Do We Go From Here?

In light of the murder of Laquan McDonald at the hands of unjust Chicago Police officers, various community and religious leaders responded through marches and protests across the city of Chicago.

The first major march, protest and demonstration happened on Black Friday on the Magnificent Mile. Our goal was to shut down the financial flow of the Magnificent Mile not by blocking stores or physically stopping shoppers from shopping, but rather through our presence raising the conscience level of shoppers thus mentally causing them to avoid shopping on the Magnificent Mile.

On the outside the march on the Magnificent Mile was a huge success, on the inside it wasn't. The march on the Magnificent Mile had too many egos and intergenerational struggles for the limelight as many fought to be interviewed by various news stations for their own personal fame. Also there were many marching among us who were only there to cause chaos and confusion. 

After the march on the Magnificent Mile there have been other marches, protests and demonstrations attempting to chase the "high" of the Black Friday Magnificent Mile demonstration. 
Yes, we must continue to march, protest and demonstrate for those killed unjustly by crooked cops, but we must also deal with black on  black violence as well. We must address poverty in black communities from an inside out approach. 

To continue too march and protest until Mayor Rahm Emanuel resigns is not only stupid but also wrongheaded. To say Emanuel is responsible for the corruption of rogue cops would be like saying black parents should be held legally responsible for when their children shoot at gang bangers but miss and kill innocent people!

A lot of the protesters are being fueled by various groups and organizations that supported Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago. Thus, there's a personal hatred and agenda to remove Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Mayoral Recall is the brain-child of Chuy Garcia supporters to weaken Rahm at a time when Chicago is in a state of moral confusion. 

I've meet with various black community and religious leaders and sadly to say outside of marching and protesting they don't have an agenda for the African American community. We can't allow marching and protesting to be our only card! Nor can we continue arbitrary demonstrations that block main streets used by Chicago Fire Department, Police and Ambulance in cases of emergencies. 

The marching and protesting should continue but should be more organized in a way that doesn't hurt our fellow citizens. We must also be willing to sit down with the current Mayor of Chicago and submit our PLANS and AGENDAS for our communities and constituents. If we do not have a plan or agenda for our communities then our marching and protesting is in vain and will lead to the same path. 
We must be honest with ourselves, as a community we failed Laquan McDonald and other young black men like him way before their murder by Chicago police or gang bangers! Look at the black community in Chicago, we have BLACK Alderman, St. Representatives, State Senators, Cook County Commissioners, community and religious leaders yet our communities are blighted. Whose fault is that?!

As black folks we can't allow emotions to override logic. We can't allow action to override strategy. We need emotion and logic, we need action and strategy. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his December 9, 2015 speech before City Council and indeed the nation, asked for community leaders and religious leaders to help him make Chicago better. Are you in? I am! 

No, I don't agree with everything Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done thus far, but as a Community Leader I'm willing to work with his administration during these troublesome times. The reality remains, as of right now he's the Mayor. Folks don't have to like him, but at least respect the office. 

My constituents need jobs and resources! I'm willing to work with anyone to make that happen. As long as Rahm Emanuel is Mayor of Chicago we should work with him to better our communities until his time expires. 

Let's go from marching to movement, from rhetoric to results, from protests to programs! The Mayor has taken responsibility for things that happened under his watch. As Community Leaders, let us also take responsibility for things going on in our own communities. 

Jim Allen, President of  
Vineyard Chicago and
Washtenaw Park Advisory Council 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Mag Mile 2015 BLACKOUT

Today, November 27, 2015 we shut down the Magnificent Mile as we marched and protested the unjust murder of Laquan McDonald and others by the hands of Chicago police. Of course not all cops are racists or corrupt. As we continue to use our constitutional rights to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances let us keep in mind our responsibilities to our communities. It's on us to create, develop and implement mentoring programs for at-risk youth. It's on us to provide summer and after school jobs for our youth. It's on us to fight for City and State Contracts. The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. Keep hope alive! 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CHICAGO: Who Killed Amari Brown?

Amari Brown was a 7 year old child who was killed on July 4th in Chicago. He was spending time with his father enjoying the holiday when a drive-by shooter opened fire hitting Amari. According to Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy "Amari wasn't the intended target, that bullet was meant for his high ranking gang affiliated father!" 

Oh really Mr. Superintendent, 
and how do you know that? 

Here's why I disagree with the superintendent's assessment. If the bullet was meant for Antonio Brown (the father of Amari Brown) there's no way the father would be posting his whereabouts on social media, there's also no way he would have had his son out at midnight if he knew he was marked for death. In fact he would of seen his son in the afternoon or took him to see fireworks at Navy Pier rather then have him in the hood around (supposed) danger. He had his son in the hood because he didn't know his life or the life of his son was in danger. Also it's not a crime or against the law to have your child outside with you pass midnight! 

"There's no way the media or the superintendent can convince me Antonio Brown knew his life was in danger and was around his family while posting his whereabouts on social media the night this tragic event happened! We may not all have college degrees, but we're not that stupid so please don't insult our intelligence!" 

The superintendent fails to understand the possibility the bullet could of been meant for someone else instead of Antonio Brown. Someone else in the crowd could of did something prior to the shooting and the drive-by shooter was aiming at that person and not Antonio Brown or his son. 

It's odd how quick the media tried to paint a picture of Antonio Brown as a super thug when in fact he was a superhero to his children. I'm not saying his life is perfect, but at least he was and remains a stand-up man and great father to his kids. If you go to Antonio Brown's Instagram page you'll see all kinds of pictures of him with his children. Click this link: 

Nevertheless the media only wants to show you images of Antonio Brown with money and marijuana; however, when the State sells marijuana isn't practically legal, right? But when those in the hood smoke or sell marijuana its lock em' up time huh? Either it's right or wrong rather the State sells it or the people sell it. Rather you call it cush or medical marijuana its basically the same thing! Rather you sell marijuana or loose cigarettes doesn't make you some evil person bent on destroying society. 

"Floyd Mayweather  flashes his money all the time after beating someone to a bloody pulp, is he a thug as well? Of course not! It's just a hip-hop thing!"  

To the media and the Chicago police superintendent: Do you understand the dynamics of the black man growing up in the hood? This is Sparta times 10! Very few make it out alive! No jobs, no opportunities, dreams deferred. Yet plenty dope to sell....hmmm, wonder where all this dope coming from? Who's allowing it to flow in the hood as a trap to continue to lock up black men as they work for Fortune 500 companies in prison only making $0.25 - $0.75 an hour? Amari Brown's father did the best he could with the hand he was dealt in a PLANtation scheme to ensnare the black man in urban ghettos of America! 

I fully understand Antonio Brown has a long rap sheet which only means his immediate family, community and system that was supposed to reform him utterly failed him. If you take a deep look at Antonio Brown he's not proud to be a thug. He prides himself on being a provider and great dad which is why he flashes his money. You'll see a man loved by his friends. You'll see a father at the movies with his kids. You'll see a man at the Chicago Blackhawks celebration the night they won surrounded by fellow Chicagoans. 

At the end of the day every black man in urban America is Antonio Brown. The only difference is some of us get caught up in the system and some of us don't. My prayer has been for Antonio Brown, his family and friends. May he find peace. May he continue to let the legacy of Amari Brown live. May Antonio Brown remain a great father. PUT THE GUNS DOWN! STOP THE VIOLENCE. SAVE THE BABIES! 

Written By:
Pastor Jim Allen 
Vineyard Chicago 

Monday, June 1, 2015

"Bringing MEN Back To GOD Citywide Tour!"

Manhood University IL Chapter
United In Peace, INC. 

"Bringing MEN back 
to GOD citywide tour!" 

We're asking ALL men to join us as we get ourselves and our families back aligned with God. I sincerely believe if we put our families in God's hands and turn from our wicked ways God will in turn heal our land and prosper our endeavors. Please join us at the below churches. No dress code, come as you are. We're looking forward to seeing each and every one of you! 

Malachi 4:6 

*St. Stephen AME Church 
3040 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 
10:45 AM 
(July 5, 2015)

*West Point M.B. Church 
3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 
10:45 AM 
(July 12, 2015)

*New Life Covenant Church 
UIC Forum 
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
11:30 AM 
(July 19, 2015) 

*Revival Tabernacle Church 
6415 S. Ashland Ave.
11 AM
(July 26, 2015)

Praying for those caught in the 
revolving doors of poverty, 
recidivism and gang violence! 
Praying for the complete healing of our City

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ballard Funeral Service (Serving) Illinois!

In times of sorrow and pain you need a funeral service company that's not only sensitive to the needs of your family but also reasonable in pricing as well. Ballard Funeral Service offers just that. The staff at Ballard Funeral Service are patient, understanding, well trained and professional in all aspects of the funeral business. Every family is treated with dignity and respect in their time of bereavement by the staff of Ballard Funeral Service.

Ballard Funeral Service is headed by Denesha Ballard a Chicagoan. She attended and graduated from Luther High School and Worsham College with a degree in Mortuary Science. Ballard Funeral Service is African-American owned and operated. When creating the vision for Ballard Funeral Service, Ms. Ballard wanted to make sure Ballard Funeral Service was not just another ordinary funeral service which is why their packaging relative to prices are less than most funeral services yet their services are top notch. 

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"At Ballard Funeral Service we embrace the importance, individuality and richness of each person's life. Not only is it our goal to meet the expectations of families whom have trusted us with carrying out the selected funeral arrangements of those dear to them but we strive to make it a momentous occasion. We seek a greater way to provide a meaningful celebration of lives well lived" - Denesha Ballard, President 

I highly recommend Ballard Funeral Service for all your funeral needs. Give your loved one the best you can give by entrusting Ballard Funeral Service. With a starting price of only $5,000 Ballard Funeral Service can provide your loved one and your family a proper and decent service, trust'll be glad you called Ballard Funeral Service. Be sure to follow Ballard Funeral Service on facebook. Please click below link:

Written By:
Jim Allen 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ATTENTION: Rappers & Artists! We Have Beats For You!

Looking to buy great beats for your next release or album? Look no further! Free Soul Music Productions has a great list of beats and sounds sure to take your lyrics to the next level. Every good song becomes a great song when paired with the right beat and sound, that's what Free Soul Music Productions provide. 

Free Soul Music Productions is operated by Jounta "Ghost Ghetti" Colvin who began rapping and producing music in 2003. Since that time he has recorded 7 cds, produced thousands of beats and recorded and produced tracks for many local artists in Chicago and the Midwest of the United States of America. 

"The wonderful thing about 
Free Soul Music Productions is 
you can buy beats online 
directly from their website!" 

Along side producing and recording "The Ghost" also manages an internet radio show called Free Soul Radio which host local artist's singles and promote their mixtapes and albums. For more on Free Soul Music Productions please click the below LINK:

Beats start as low as $15! 
You're sure to find a beat 
suitable for your record or entire album. 

Written By:
Jim Allen

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Manhood University IL Chapter (Father's Day Breakfast)

Fellowship | Networking | Fatherhood 

Manhood University IL Chapter will host a "Father's Day Breakfast!" All FATHERS' are invited. Come out and meet other great fathers, stepfathers, and grandfathers. Food prices are only $12-$15 (meal)! Great parking! Also in attendance will be multimillionaire businessman, world renowned photographer and author of the book Choosing Fatherhood: America's Second Chance, Mr Lewis Kostiner.

Wishbone Restaurant 
10 AM  
1001 W. Washington BLVD.
Chicago, IL. 60607  


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance

By: Jim Allen

I'm reading an amazing book called Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance. I highly recommend this book for (ALL) fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and even mentors. The photography of various fathers with their children is simply awesome. The stories are guaranteed to make you cry, think, smile and transform into being a better man and most of all a better father/dad. I've always said the greatest fraternity is FATHERHOOD and this book proves just that. This book is a must Father's Day gift. Below are some excerpts from the book I posted to my facebook page. 

Despite the multitudes of changes that fathers experienced during the past several centuries, fatherhood did not emerge as a major focus in social science research until the 1970's, coinciding with notions about the "new nurturing father" - from the book Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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The importance of the paternal role, particularly for middle-class adult Caucasian males, is said to have originated in the colonial era of U.S. history, when a father was considered the dominant parent and assumed the role of "the moral teacher". During this time, work and family life were interconnected, and fathers interacted closely and frequently with children. Paternal duties included supervision of child-rearing activities and decision-making power in economic, legal, medical matters, and, in particular, moral and religious guidance. Evidence indicates that fatherhood in American Indian and African-American families during this era may have exhibited a wider range of emotional expression than that demonstrated in European-American cultures. - Pg. 139 from the book Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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Beginning in the nineteenth century, the system of labor during the Industrial Revolution took the agrarian father out of the family and placed him in factories and offices. This separated him from his son, who had been working along his side and who had been learning from him directly - from the book: Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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"...being a good father means building a strong family, an act that traverses time. Being a good father reverberates long beyond our own life spans as an echo across the ages. The absence of a father has a similarly long-lasting impact" - from the book: Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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"Recently, the Brookings Institute declared that the state of fatherhood in the United States is among the most serious problems confronting the nation: equal to or greater than the economy, education, the environment, health care, infrastructure, poverty, you name it" - from the book Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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"...the United States of America, more than 24,000,000 children are living with no fathers present to help raise the kids" - from the book: Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance.
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It's important to note this book is the work and genius of Lewis Kostiner a multimillionaire businessman and world renown photographer. Mr. Kostiner also touches on his inner demons relative to his biological father not being in his life. Oftentimes we tend to think fatherless homes are an African-American phenomenon when in fact its more so an American crisis. 

Lewis Kostiner and his wife Anne Kostiner 

This book is different from the rest because it focuses on fathers regardless of their socioeconomic status trying their best to positively impact the lives of their children. Choosing Fatherhood America's Second Chance gives social science stats, but also gives real life solutions for fathers to succeed. Such solutions are unique and have been proven because the solutions come from the testimony of the fathers featured in the book. Thus the book isn't theory but a pragmatic, didactic yet simple way to be a great father/dad. Please order this book by clicking the below LINKS:


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Malcolm Crawford, Jim Allen, Lewis Kostiner

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pastors REBUILDING Chicago's Hoods!


Community Advocacy Research Economics is looking for 10 Pastors who will take on the task of economically revitalizing Chicago. We already have a basic, simple yet solid plan. Our goal is for 10 very influential pastors in Chicago to unite and humbly ask their members and all that follow them on social media to sow a seed of $100 for the purpose of buying franchises and building businesses on the South and West Sides of Chicago. 

We're trying to reach 100,000 church members per quarter in donating $100 equaling a total of 10,000,000 dollars per quarter. Each quarter we'll build a business on both sides of town. This way both sides of town are equally benefiting. Of course we will setup a website for members to donate. This project will have a lawyer and an accountant for legal purposes. 

I've already put this project-idea on social media and many are excited to be a part of something so great. Please contact me if you are a pastor in Chicago and you're interested. Also follow C.A.R.E. on facebook by clicking the below link:

Jim Allen, Minister 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FAILED Black Leadership in Baltimore!

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is just like most Black elite who idly sit back and watch poor Blacks they claim to represent destroy their communities and ultimately themselves. Not only did she sit back and watch the freak show, she and others knew it was going to happen via social media but her miscalculations caused over 200 people to be arrested and over 20 cops injured.

The Baltimore police department is the 8th largest police department in the United States yet they were docile as teenage mutant ninja turtles ran the city under absolute anarchy.

Baltimore is a microcosm of poverty, poor public policy and failed Black leadership. How many times the Black elite drove pass poor Black communities and didn't stop? Now all of a sudden you're at our funerals for photo opts. The Black elite who oftentimes serve as social, educational, religious and political leaders in poor Black communities has failed those communities in epic proportions. They are just as guilty as the rogue cops who kill unarmed Blacks.

Didn't you learn from the PLANtation? Field slaves don't listen too or respect house niggas! For decades the Black elite has received funds from the White man to better Black communities yet our Black leaders have stolen from us and left our communities to resemble war torn 3rd world countries. Consider this, the city of Baltimore has a Black mayor and a Black city council yet 60% of the city lives in poverty.

This isn't solely about police brutality, but also failed Black leadership of the Talented 10th! The people of Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, New York, Ferguson, etc., won't listen to pastors in the ghetto with multimillion dollar worship facilities but no economical apparatuses. 

Rev. Jamal Bryant pastor of Empowerment Temple AME church boast a membership of 7,500 and 35,000 followers worldwide yet no economic development. Why not ask your 35,000 followers to give $100 which would equal $3,500,000 for economical development? Building social institutions like schools, day care centers and youth centers are good but doesn't directly address poverty.

But all we see are photo opts and grandstanding from the Black elite embarrassed by the fact the actions of the rioters proves their voices carry no weight among Black teens or the Bloods, Crips, and Black Gorilla Family. Why? Because the Black elite love to attend high profile funerals of the Black poor but don't give a rat's ass about living at-risk Black youth.

Gov. Larry Hogan fails to understand the resources he's going to allocate will be mismanaged, misappropriated and stolen by the "supposed" Black leaders he and others think can control the raw emotions of poor Black folks.

If you sincerely want to effect change in ghettos like Baltimore you should probably target the people. Find a way to directly and financially impact the daily lives of the Black poor in a way that doesn't fully give control to Black leadership whose mentality is "you're my color, but not my kind!"

The only voices the rioters are listening to is their momma because momma is the only one looking out for their survival. After Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Rev. Jamal Bryant of whom I respect finish TALKING and taking PICTURES the poverty, disenfranchisement and polarization suffered by the hands of the Black elite will continue as usual.

Jim Allen, Minister

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Chicago 2015: No To Riots and Violence!

By: Minister Jim Allen

In light of violence and riots around the country in response to police brutality, various leaders on the grassroots level are asking for more peaceful solutions. Violence and rioting only leads to more chaos and death which ultimately prolongs progress. As American citizens we have a constitutional right to PEACEABLY assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. Anything outside of PEACEABLY assembling to march and protest will only thwart our efforts. Please, brothers and sisters do (NOT) partake in violence and rioting. 

"...Black Lives Matter!"

Do not allow the devil/jinn through evil provocateurs to deceive you into burning down your own stores, businesses, neighborhoods and communities. Through the help of GOD known to us by various names: Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah, Amen-RA, Vishnu, Great Architect of the Universe we seek peace in our neighborhoods and communities. 

* If anyone attempts to persuade you to partake in violence and rioting please inform them you are not a destroyer for the thief comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10) KJV. Please explain to them you are a wise masterbuilder (1 Corinthians 3:10) KJV, whose purpose is to positively build his/her community. This is the law and law govern all events. 

Minister Jim Allen

Brothers Of the Struggle:
Don Dirk
Chief Malik Jeff Fort 
The Honorable Larry Hoover
Wallace "Gator" Bradley
Noble-Ameer Ali 
Melvin "Head" Haywood
Minister Jim Allen
Rahiem Justice EL (Minister Rico) 

Be sure to follow UNITED IN PEACE, INC on facebook. Click below link: