Blacks In Government Chicago Midwest Chapter

Blacks In Government Chicago Midwest Chapter Chicago Midwest is the second largest chapter in Region V consisting of 70+ members. Blacks In Government was conceived at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW) Black Federal employees at the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland.
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The organization was viewed as essential to the Black civil service employee, based on a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced by the DHEW Black employees in Rockville. Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems at the Federal level. However, it was soon determined that state, county and municipal Black employees were faced with the same type of employment problems. BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT, was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.

The organization was viewed as essential to the Black civil service employee, based on a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced by the DHEW Black employees in Rockville. Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems at the Federal level. However, it was soon determined that state, county and municipal Black employees were faced with the same type of employment problems. BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT, was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.

Mission: PHILOSOPHY Blacks In Government was conceived by DHEW Black Federal employees at the Parklawn Building in Rockville, Maryland. The organization was viewed as essential to the Black civil service employee, based on a wide assortment of racially motivated problems faced by the HEW Black employees in Rockville. Initially, it was thought that the umbrella organization would address only the problems at the Federal level. However, it was soon determined that State, County, and Municipal Black employees were faced with the same general type of employment problems. When coupled with the fact that no single civil rights organization has as its sole objective the preservation and enhancement of Black civil servants, it became apparent that Black civil servants had to unite and protect themselves. To some, this meant jeopardizing their careers. To others, it meant duplicating some of the efforts of other organizations. To still others, it meant very little, they felt (as some Blacks do not) that it would be a wasted effort. Nonetheless, Blacks In Government, was organized in 1975 and incorporated as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976. BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans. MISSION Our primary mission is to assist government workers in achieving Equity, Excellence and Opportunity within the workplace as well as their communities. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES To be an advocate of equal opportunity for Blacks in government. To eliminate practices of racism and racial discrimination against Blacks in government. To promote professionalism among Blacks in government. To develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for Blacks in government. To establish a mechanism for the gathering and dissemination of information among Blacks in government. To provide a nonpartisan platform on major issues of local, regional and national significance that affects Blacks in government.

Operating as usual

02/08/2021

TO: Blacks In Government Members and Supporters

FROM: Honorable Shirley A. Jones, Esq., National President, Blacks In Government

SUBJECT: Black History Month 2021 Celebrates the Black Family

Each year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) creates a National Black History Month theme that is used for cultural awareness programs around the country in schools, businesses, and within our government agencies. Established in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, the Association carries forward his love of Black history. It also supports his belief that it should be celebrated as an integral part of American history, highlighting notable accomplishments that have gone unnoticed and, like BIG, addressing issues that are of concern within the black community.

In its description of the 2021 theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, ASALH notes that no single word is more illustrative of our humanity than the word “family”. ASALH offers that it stands at the heart of human relationships, representing the essence of the ties that bind people together.

And, as ASALH notes in its description of the theme, many of us also identify and claim family kinship through nonblood relationships. We recognize and find ties that bind through our church families, sororities and fraternities, and in employee resource and support organizations like we have with BIG.

I am personally very proud to belong to an organization that continues to recognize the importance of Black History Month and that uses its talents and resources to ensure its longevity. Like BIG, Black History Month was borne out of necessity and its necessity remains. In fact, as Dr. Woodson himself noted, that need will continue until black history is fully taught alongside and within American history and world history such that it isn't simply relegated to the details of slavery and the Civil War and the occasional mention of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., and now former President Barack Obama. Until then, we continue.

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02/02/2021
Education Dept. orders Navient to refund $22.3 million in decade-old student loan scandal

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In the early 2000s, the department’s inspector general found private lenders, including Navient’s former sister company Sallie Mae, overcharged the government. After investigators recommended in 2013 that Sallie Mae pay back the money, Navient, which assumed Sallie Mae’s liabilities, continued...

01/19/2021
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01/19/2021
Illinois House Elects Welch First Black Speaker, First New Leader in Decades, Replacing Madigan

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The Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday elected Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch as the first Black speaker in the state’s history and the chamber’s first new leader in decades, marking a seismic shift of power in Springfield, bringing the reign of longtime Speaker Michael Madigan to an...

12/17/2020
BIG Midwest Region V

BIG Midwest Region V

TO: Blacks In Government Members

FROM: Honorable Dr. Doris P. Sartor, National President, Blacks In Government

SUBJECT: 2021 National Officers Installation

Greetings BIG Members and Friends:

I hope this message finds each of you and your families well and safe.

While we can’t celebrate in person as we normally would, the 2021 National Officers Installation planning is underway and we would like to give our Sponsors, Members, Chapters and Regions an opportunity to participate by placing a full /half page advertisement or by becoming a Patron, in the installation souvenir booklet which will serve as a memento to mark the occasion. All advertisements and payments must be received no later than Friday, January 4, 2021, at 11:59p.m. (EST).
Attached are the installation booklet memo with more details and the advertisement contracts containing costs and instructions on where to send payment and submit your advertisement.

Respectfully,
Honorable Shirley A. Jones, Esq.
Honorable Shirley A. Jones, Esq.
National Executive Vice President and National President-Elect

3 Attachments
1. 2021 BIG Installation Souvenir Booklet Memo
2. 2021 Installation Ad Contract (BIG Membership)
3. 2021 Installation Ad Contract (Govt/Corp/Non-Profit)

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COVID-19 Science Update
12/16/2020

COVID-19 Science Update

The Chicago Midwest Chapter mourns with the Greater Dayton Chapter in the passing of Ms. MaryGene Reid Baldwin, who resi...
12/05/2020

The Chicago Midwest Chapter mourns with the Greater Dayton Chapter in the passing of Ms. MaryGene Reid Baldwin, who resided in the Dayton, Ohio area, and was a native of Macon, Georgia. She departed this life on Monday, November 23, 2020. The daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Reid, she was born on July 26, 1944. She graduated from Savannah State University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts Degree in Education. After graduation, she taught Mathematics at Savannah High School. She then moved back to Macon to teach at Macon Junior College. Ms. Baldwin retired after 37 years of service from The Department of Defense as a Statistician at Wright Patterson AFB in 2015.



MaryGene was a life member of BIG and an active member of the Chapter. She served on the National Board of Directors and in several leadership positions at the region and chapter levels.



Marygene was also an active member of The Links, Incorporated, Wilberforce Chapter. She had served as financial secretary and other committees. Her Eastern Star affiliation propelled her as Past Matron of Ruth Chapter No. 104, Order of the Eastern Star (Prince Hall Affiliated) and past Commandress of Akbar Court No. 33. She was a member of The Daughters and past Commandress. Ms. Baldwin leaves to grieve her loss and cherish her memory, sons: Charles E. Davis, Curtis L. Baldwin, Jr. (Bethany) and Ronald Goode; five grandchildren, Aisha Shaw, Armani Davis, Sanjuana Goode, Micaela Goode, and Malachi Baldwin; aunts, cousins and many dear friends.



Please keep Ms. Baldwin’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Every four years, after the Presidential election, the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,” commo...
11/18/2020
Plum Book

Every four years, after the Presidential election, the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,” commonly known as the Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

This publication contains data on over 9,000 federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the federal government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment (e.g., positions such as agency heads and their immediate subordinates, policy executives and advisors, and aides who report to these officials). The duties of many such positions may involve advocacy of Administration policies and programs and the incumbents usually have a close and confidential working relationship with the agency head or other key officials.
https://www.gsa.gov/governmentwide-initiatives/presidential-transition-directory/federal-government-structure/plum-book

Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions,” commonly known as the Plum Book, is published.

BIG Midwest Region V
11/07/2020

BIG Midwest Region V

Congratulations to these women of color who had significant roles in the 2020 Election!!! If you dont know them, look them up... Congratulations Madam Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris - Making History!!!! Our History!!

10/28/2020

Position Paper on Training in the Federal Government

National Blacks In Government will be providing thoughtful and deliberate responses to the memo issued by the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Director, Russell Vought, on Training in the Federal Government. The first of our responses include this Position Paper. BIG will seek clarity on the issues related to training addressed in the memo. Also, BIG will closely monitor this training directive and continue to work with our partners to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal government.



Attachment:

Position Paper on Training in the Federal Government

09/18/2020
BIG Midwest Region V

BIG Midwest Region V

2020 BIG Election Results

Congratulations Blacks In Government 2021-2022 Elected Officers

Honorable Ms. Shirley A. Jones - Elected National President
Ms. Deena Sheppard - Elected National First Vice President
Ms. Mazella Thomas - Elected National Third Vice President
Ms. Paula E. Davis - Elected National Secretary
Mr. Duane Hill - Elected National Assistant Treasurer

Congratulations Blacks In Government 2021-2022 Regional Directors

(National Board Of Directors)

Region I Ms. Atricia Irons - Elected
Region II Ms. Joanne Palmer - Elected
Region III Ms. Johnita Pitts - Elected
Region IV Mr. Famous Johnson- Elected
Region V Ms. Shirron Brown - Elected
Region VI Honorable Ms. Katherine Cage - Elected
Region VII Ms. Robin McDaniel-Beck - Elected
Region VIII Mr. Michael Smith - Elected
Region IX Mr. Edward Wilson - Elected
Region X Ms. Erin Small - Elected
Region XI Ms. Marion Allen - Elected

NAACP | John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020
09/03/2020
NAACP | John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020

NAACP | John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020

H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on 12/6/19 was renamed the “John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020”.

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09/03/2020
Nonresponse Followup Completion Rates

Nonresponse Followup Completion Rates

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BIG Midwest Region V
09/03/2020

BIG Midwest Region V

Congratulations Region V 2020 DYLA Program participant James Sommerville!! Region V is proud and blessed to have you!

BIG Midwest Region V
08/25/2020

BIG Midwest Region V

2020 National Distinguished Service Hall of Fame (DSHOF) Award WinnerCONGRATULATIONS to Chapter President Mary J. East W...
08/25/2020

2020 National Distinguished Service Hall of Fame (DSHOF) Award Winner

CONGRATULATIONS to Chapter President Mary J. East Watkins as one of the five 2020 National DSHOF Award Winners. President Watkins is also a Life and Gold Plus member of BIG. She has been a member for 26 years and is a founding charter member of the Chicago Midwest Chapter (chartered in August 1995), currently serving as Chapter President. In Region V, she has served as a Chapter Representative of the Regional Council since 1995. President Watkins was elected 1st Vice President (two terms) of the Region V Council. During the illness/absence of the Council President, she stepped up immediately and served in that capacity without hesitation. In 2014, she was elected to serve as Region V Director for the National Board of Directors. While on the Board, she served on the Policy and Procedure Committee and on the Program Oversight Committee. Mary currently serves on the National AE/EEO Committee and is Region V’s AE/EEO Committee Chairperson.

Mary has 33 years of federal service. In addition she is quite active in her community as she has held offices with the Gary Commission on the Status of Women, YWCA, Gary Chapter of Business and Professional Women, the Indiana State Federation of BPW/USA, and the National Association of Commission for Women (NACW). Her most distinguished accomplishment has been that of an ordained and licensed minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Based on her loyalty, contributions and dedication to the Chicago Midwest Chapter, Region V, and BIG National, Mary is truly deserving of the 2020 DSHOF Award.

Congratulations once more President Watkins your chapter members are very proud of you VERY WELL DESERVED!

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General information

We hold our meetings at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. Our meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 12:00 noon. Our Dues structure is as follows: National $35.00 Local 10.00 Regional 10.00 Total Annually $55.00 Life Membership is $300.00 Our current officers are: Mary Watkins -- President --U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) Thomas Morgan– Vice President – General Services Administration Susan Wallace – Interim Secretary – General Services Administration Therese Anderson – Corresponding Secretary – General Services Administration Jacqueline Stevenson-Storey – Treasurer -- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) Mary Watkins, Senior Project Manager, Coordinator, Region V - Chicago U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Multifamily Hub Tel: (312) 913-8552 Fax: (312) 353-9563 [email protected]

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