By: Lionel Nixon
National Correspondent Chicago Communicator News Media
Photo Snapshots of Balloon Launching Tribute Memorial Ceremony in Celebration of the life of the late Ivan Anthony Eberhardt
A very high-spirited and emotionally touching event that I attended took place today on the corner of 87th and Calumet Street here in Chicago Illinois. A balloon launching memorial ceremony in celebration of the life of the late Ivan Anthony Eberhardt, a recent tragic victim of an automobile hit-and-run driver. There were many people who turned out to participate. There were a number of speakers who provided insights, memories, and tributes to the remarkable life of Ivan.
It was very apparent that Ivan was a very well-liked person, a helper of many people who achieved a number of personal, community, and business accomplishments. A role model, advocate and mentor for community youth Ivan was noted for his remarkable positive attitude and smile. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent a statement with condolences to the family which was read during the ceremony. The City of Chicago recently placed a caution sign for automobile drivers to slow down for pedestrians crossing 87th and Calumet Street where Ivan was struck down.
One of the speakers pointed out that there was high automobile speed between 87th and Indiana and Martin Luther King Drive Avenues and further that the sign should have been placed up there by the city a long time ago. If you have any information relative to what happened to Ivan, that night or know someone who does do not hesitate to contact the Chicago Police Department Homicide Division. It is clear that Ivan, a father and grandfather will be missed but the memories of his goodwill and accomplishments will remain forever.
Ivan is the son of Emma Young, a highly regarded media relations specialist, social community advocate, and long-time Chicago resident. My deepest thoughts, prayers, condolences, and best wishes along with those of many other people remain with Emma and her family.
E.D. Nixon: The Forgotten Hero (short clip) 1983
In 1968 the year that the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 was passed by United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson creating the legal provision of Section 3 of this act requiring “to the greatest extent feasible” on a set percentage basis mandatory issuance of contracts, jobs, training and other economic benefits to low and very low income owned businesses and individual United States citizens from federal funds appropriated, budgeted and allocated by Congress to grantees and through them sub grantees in the areas of construction, public works and administration of Housing and Community Development Block Grant programs with the purpose and intent of Congress to accomplish economic development opportunities to eliminate poverty.
I wrote this “white paper”, 22 years ago in 1999 at the turn of the century for the benefit of those that did not know what would be happening today.
I endeavored to raise awareness by thoroughly, dynamically pinpointing the methodology, evitable impacts, effects and outcomes of the denotative incrementally and surreptitiously application of this national public policy called “Spatial Deconcentrating” first publicly introduced in the 1968, in the “Kerner Commission Report On Civil Disobedience” found in chapter 16 of which this same year 1968 the public deployment of this federal public policy, regulations, procedures and practices was officially adopted.
A prophetic proscription of the future 22 years ago by me that I wish I that had been wrong about. But! I wasn’t.
(I wrote this article in the South Street Journal in 1999.) This one simple article pulled the cover off of the secret “Spatial De- Concentration” program I had been one of the few people in America who had worked for the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Regional HUD and Washington DC HUD Headquarters Offices.) The United States Government spent more than a a quarter of a million dollars training me in Washington, DC at HUD and the University of Southern California Graduate School of Public Administration with 24 others selected from among 10,0000 + applicants for the HUD Intergovernmental Management Program from across America. I had been an insider who knew a lot. “Scary ass” politicians who should have opened their mouths and fought, just remained mostly silent.
I stepped up to the plate and fought and even back then they I knew what I was talking about was highly credible. (It still is…) Please read this….
URBAN MINING! From an article in the Chicago, South Street Journal written in 1999 By Lionel B. Nixon 22 years ago
In 1999 the Chicago Housing Authority high-rise buildings have become Copper mines as the financially profitable implosion and salvaging of the raw materials by a few well connected construction and demolition companies haul their valuable treasure cargo from the buildings, undetected by the general public.
The copper and iron in these buildings represent millions of dollars in bounty for those who have the technological capacity to mine it. The fixtures, gravel, cement blocks, doors, wiring, elevators, heating systems, compactors, window frames, pipes and other raw materials constitute the economically elastic surplus material for the largest man made hardware stores in the history of Chicago.
The buildings were built primarily in the 1960s. They were financed by 40 year municipal bonds. As part of a sophisticated late 20th century “land banking” strategy to recapture some of the most valuable land in the city of Chicago land currently occupied by Public Housing High-rise “PROJECTS” parallel to the Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways on the west and south side and along the lake front. Concomitantly working in conjunction with the various TaxIncrement Financing (TIFs) and other Redevelopment Plans that utilize acquisition of other building structures by imminent domain, such as the 47th Street Redevelopment Plan which calls for the involuntary displacement, acquisition and demolition of almost every business on 47th street from St. Lawrence to the Green Line elevated Train.
This scenario presents the potential for the greatest American land grab and involuntary displacement of citizens from housing and small businesses, since the removal of American Indians from their tribal lands during the 19th century.
The recycling of the raw materials of these smaller building structures is a lucrative and profitable proposition for high technology demolitions and salvagers as well. The new vacated parcels of land create new development opportunities consistent with the current City of Chicago Comprehensive Plan which was first created in 1909 as the Chicago “Master Plan”.
Section 8 Existing Housing Vouchers holders in the inner city of Chicago will find that they will be forced to move to what I call the, EXURBS, a 15 to 30 mile circular perimeter distance, (North, West, and South) from the core of the inner city of Chicago.
Other options will include, moves to mid or down state Illinois or out of state all together in order to find suitable housing and the land lords accept their vouchers. HUD which has had it share of r years of internal fraud, waste, mismanagement and material complicity, with the Urban Miner Developers. The people of public housing need help with relocation, not symbolic gestures. The only hope for this group of Chicagoans is the presence of the new CHA Administration and the exit of the former HUD policy makers from Washington who preceded them.
There is nothing wrong with economic development if it is balanced and done with the required public hearings, accommodation for citizens to provide “alternative plans” and the “right to object” to currently proposed plans in accordance with Federal and State, laws, rules and regulations.
Without appropriate government intervention and responsible community participation by residents from both public and private housing and the small business community. Urban Mining will be the impetus for a modern development process that will treat native Chicagoans of which I am one, just as the Native Indian Americans were treated during the 1800s.
Lionel B. Nixon, former twenty-year United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Official He served as a Co-Chairmen for the Housing Task Forces of both Congressmen and Mayor Harold Washington and Charles Haynes. Served as President of the Coalition to Save South Shore Country Club Park. Past President, of HUD AFGE Local 911
HUD To Expand Outreach
April 14 at 9:27 PM · HUD to “expand outreach”! Procurement HUD is focusing on widening the base of small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses it serves based on the socio-economic groups that appear under-represented in HUD’s procurements. Through the equity assessment process at HUD and other agencies, two sets of barriers to equitable outcomes in procurement have been identified: On the vendor side is difficulty navigating the complex process of the federal procurement system and identifying specific agency opportunities the agency side is improving market research and forecasting to match needs with small business capabilities.HUD’s Actions HUD will expand outreach efforts to connect with more small businesses and community partners underrepresented in the procurement space, help new businesses navigate the process, and expand the geographical diversity of HUD’s supplier base.HUD will encourage its grantees to work with local small businesses by sharing effective models from programs as varied as Choice Neighborhoods and CDBG-Disaster Recovery.HUD will work with the interagency community to identify supports needed to ensure the sustainability of businesses, provide appropriate resources as they transition from small to medium businesses, and track success.
Chicago Communicator News Media On Point”
Part 1 of an exclusive in-depth interview held in Chicago, Illinois with officials from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the topic of the federal law, Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 as amended. The program will broadcast on Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th, 2022 on Section 3 is a legal provision which stipulates federal regulatory requirements relative to employment, to the greatest extent feasible for federal, state, county, large, small, rural cities, municipal corporations, townships, villages, unincorporated area agencies, general contractors, housing authority’s, not for profit organizations or any other public or private entity that is a beneficiary or sub beneficiary of HUD funded construction projects that are $200,000 or more.
This exclusive Chicago Communicator News Media explores many of the publicly not widely known aspects of the history of Section 3, operations, regulatory requirements, the process for participation by low, very low and extremely low income owned businesses and job seekers in employment, contracting, training opportunities and other economic benefits. This interview demonstrates what is possible by news media to partner with the Department of Housing and Urban Development in it’s mission to create higher economic impact in economically disadvantaged communities across the nation by providing increased outreach and public awareness relative to the federal Section 3 legal provisions, unprecedented federal funding availability and increased participation leading to self sufficiency for many citizens and their families.
On behalf Wanda Carter, President & Station Chief for the Chicago Communicator News Media, we appreciate the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and its representatives in part 1 of this interview for the opportunity to assist the Department with it’s mission by informing potential participants starting here in HUD Chicago Midwest Region 5. Our goal is to assist the state of Illinois and its local governments as partners in their outreach initiatives for Section 3 opportunities. At the highest level the most important thing today is to be part of the solution which is to increase substantially the number of Section 3 businesses, Section 3 employment and training through accelerated outreach.
Chicago Communicator News Media
36th President of the United States: 1963 ‐ 1969
Remarks at the Signing of the Housing and Urban Development Act.
August 10, 1965
Mr. Vice President, distinguished Speaker McCormack, Senator Mansfield, Senator Sparkman, Congressman Patman, distinguished Members of the Congress, distinguished Governors and mayors, and friends:
This is a very proud and very gratifying occasion. I am very proud, and I am very privileged to welcome you today to the first house of the land–the house that belongs to all of the American people. I am gratified, as you are, that we could come together to sign into law a measure which will take us many long strides nearer the goal that has been the dream and the vision of every generation of Americans. That is the goal of honoring what a very great President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, 21 years ago expressed as “the right of every family to a decent home.”
From Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound, the first priority of the men and women who settled this vast and this blessed continent was, first of all, to put a roof over the heads of their family. And that priority has never, and can never, change.
I am so happy this morning to see the great and distinguished Mayor of New York here because it was his father who pioneered the housing legislation in this country. And here on the platform with me is one of those who joined with him–the very able and distinguished Senator from Louisiana. It took a lot of courage for him to stand on some of those bills. He got in with Bob Wagner and Bob Taft and he got in the middle between those two, and it did take courage to stand there.
Many elements mattered to the success and the stability of our great American society. Education matters a great deal. Health matters. Jobs matter. Equality of opportunity and individual dignity matter very much.
But legislation and labors in all of these fields can never succeed unless and until every family has the shelter and the security, the integrity and the independence, and the dignity and the decency of a proper home.
For me, this is not a belief that comes recently. It is a conviction, and it is a passion, to which I was born 57 years ago this month in a humble home on the banks of a small river in Central Texas.
Men may forget many memories of their childhood. But many of you know–as I know–that no man and no woman ever grows too old or too successful to forget the memory of a childhood home that was without lights, and that was without water, and that was without covering on the floor. And I have never forgotten.
The first great effort, the first great reward of my public service was to secure for my little congressional district, as a young Congressman, the Nation’s first public housing project that President Roosevelt signed in the 1930’s. And Bob’s father was there at that allocation. What I sought then for the people of one city–Austin, Texas-I am determined as President that we shall seek and we shall obtain for all the people of all the Nation.
We have the resources in this country. We have the ingenuity. We have the courage. We have the compassion. And we must, in this decade, bring all of these strengths to bear effectively so that we can lift off the conscience of our affluent Nation the shame of slums and squalor, and the blight of deterioration and decay.
We must make sure that every family in America lives in a home of dignity and a neighborhood of pride, a community of opportunity and a city of promise and hope.
This legislation represents the single most important breakthrough in the last 40 years.
Only the Housing Act of 1949 approaches the significance of this measure. And in years to come, I believe this act will become known as the single most valuable housing legislation in our history.
The Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 retains, and expands, and improves the best of the tested programs of the past.
It extends and gives new thrust to the FHA mortgage insurance program so that millions of Americans can come toward attainment of new homes in the future, as millions already have under that program in the past.
It opens the way for a more orderly and cohesive development of all of our suburbs; and it opens the door to thousands of our veterans who have been unable to obtain the benefits of a Federal housing program.
It extends and enlarges and improves the urban renewal program so that we can more effectively challenge and defeat the enemy of decay that exists in our cities.
It faces the changing challenge of rural housing. It continues the loan programs to assure the needed dormitories on our college campuses, and decent housing at decent costs for the elderly and the handicapped and those of lower income.
But the importance of the bill is not only that it retains and improves the best of good and traditional programs; it is a landmark bill because of its new ideas.
Foremost and uppermost of these is the program of assistance for the construction and the rehabilitation of housing for the elderly and for families of low income–the people who live in the most wretched conditions in our slums and our blighted neighborhoods.
The conception of this fine program, endorsed by this fine Congress, calls for the best in cooperation between Government and free enterprise. I am so happy to see so many members of the building industry and the trade unions and our free enterprise system–that has made us the strongest nation in all the world–here to honor us with their presence this morning.
This imperative housing will be built under the sponsorship of private organizations. It will make use of private money, and it will be managed by private groups. With supplements paid by their Government, the private builders will be able to move into the low-income housing field which they have not been able to penetrate or to serve effectively in the past.
Furthermore, this legislation responds to the urgent needs of our cities. It offers Federal assistance to the cities and communities of our Nation to help pay the cost of essential public works.
And finally, this legislation meets our compelling responsibility for giving attention to the environment in which Americans live. Grants are provided for the acquisition of open spaces, for the development of parks, for the construction of recreational facilities, and for the beautification of urban areas.
This measure votes “no” on “America the Ugly”–and it votes “yes” on preserving, for our posterity, “America the Beautiful.”
The promise and the portent of this legislation cannot be justly described in the limited time we have this morning. But there is embodied in this legislation that generosity of vision, that breadth of approach, that magnitude of effort, with which we must meet all of our challenges here in America.
So, I am very proud to congratulate and to salute those outstanding Members of Congress whose influence and whose leadership have helped to achieve this landmark today. There is Senator John Sparkman–the son of a tenant farmer, and still the tenant farmers’ friend, as this bill reflects–who has done perhaps as much or more in America than any living legislator.
There are others whose study and understanding of housing has helped us much. I would like to name all of them but that would take too long. But I must not overlook Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois who is here, Senator Edmund Muskie from Maine, Senator George Aiken of Vermont. On the House side there was the great leader of my delegation in the Congress, my longtime friend and the cherished friend of my father ahead of me, Congressman Wright Patman. He has always been a champion and always been faithful to the people. There is Congressman Barrett, whose services have meant so much. There is Congressman Widnall, who has worked now years in a row with Congressmen Patman and Barrett to try to give this Nation good bills.
I would like to express my appreciation to the Governors and the mayors, especially the great mayor of New York, Bob Wagner; the great mayor of Chicago, Dick Daley; and all of the others who have been of so much help to me.
And I just cannot overlook being grateful to the constructive role of the Nation’s home builders, under the leadership of the patriot, Bernie Boutin.
And last, but certainly not least, foremost is the leader of us all in this field–the modest, retiring, and able administrator, Bob Weaver, who finds not much satisfaction in the compliments paid him, or even the recognition accorded him by his superiors, but who finds ample satisfaction in the achievements that come his way. And, this bill is a monument to him.
Now, this is not the last housing bill that we shall need and it is not going to be the last that we shall pass.
For I pledge to you that we shall do all that must be done to fulfill our commitment-and the Vice President and I have made it in every State in this Union. And he is going to stand by my side here and throughout the States of the Union to see that we do our best to try to get every American in every family living his life not with the haunted memory of a dilapidated and degraded hovel that he must call home, but with a happy memory of a decent and a dignified home worthy of a free and just society, where a man can enjoy the privacy of his family and can help to build a stronger America, a more profitable and peaceful America, and, finally, something we all want–a more beautiful America.
Thank you very much.
Note: The President spoke at 12:02 p.m. in the Rose Garden at the White House. In his opening words he referred to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Representative John W. McCormack of Massachusetts, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana, majority leader of the Senate, Senator John Sparkman of Alabama, and Representative Wright Patman of Texas.
During his remarks the President referred to, among others, Mayor Robert F. Wagner of New York City and his father, Robert F. Wagner, Senator from New York 1927-1949, Senator Allen J. Ellender of Louisiana, Robert A. Taft, Senator from Ohio 1939-1953, Representative William A. Barrett of Pennsylvania, Representative William B. Widnall of New Jersey, Mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago, Bernard L. Boutin, Executive Vice President of the National Association of Home Builders and former Administrator of the General Services Administration, and Robert C. Weaver, Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency.
As enacted, the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965 is Public Law 89-117 (79 Stat. 451).
Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks at the Signing of the Housing and Urban Development Act. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/241104
Flashback: “I Must Be The Greatest”
My early encounter in my youth with my friend and hero Muhammad Ali. This is where I learned about the uppercut punch. I was about 14 years old and they let me hang out at the gym. I used to watch Muhammad Ali workout and engage with him during the mid and late 1960s at Mr. Johnny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on east 63rd Street, who was World Bantamweight World Champion in 1910.
My contact with Ali continued until I left one year after graduating from high school in 1969 to attend Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio. Believe this or not, Ali would meet some of us young people at a nearby vacant lot and from a distance he would have each of us one at a time throw rocks at him as a part of his training. That’s when I met the late, great Jabir Herbert Muhammad of which later on done the line, I would do some very good things at the South Shore Country Club. Never saw him get hit as he cleverly moved quickly to avoid our best efforts to hit him. He then would meet us at Nicky’s Pizza in the Plaza at 53rd and Woodlawn in Hyde Park and treat us to pizza, (no pork). To me he became like a big brother. I still look up to him today.
He used to tell us that he couldn’t chew his food like he should because he ate too much candy when he was our age and encouraged us not do the same. He said stay in school, study, exercise daily, run, lift weights, don’t eat pork and think about your future; what you want to be and start doing and learning things that will get you there. I was going to pursue boxing but somebody gave me a basketball and I started playing for the “Golden Spurs’ basketball team at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club” under Les Vant and Walter Cuningham, then Hyde Park High School and Harvard ST. George College Preparatory School.
Ali told me “Don’t try to be someone else, Caz (my Flashback. This is where I learned about the uppercut punch. Flashback, I was about 14 years old and they let me hang out at the gym. I used to watch Muhammad Ali workout and engage with him during the mid and late 1960s at Mr. Johnny Coulon’s Boxing Gym on east 63rd Street, who was World Bantamweight World Champion in 1910. Ali attended some of my basketball games at Harvard’s ST. George and people paid more attention to him than the basketball game. In 1968 I made the Chicago All City Chicago High School Prep Basketball First Team and was the most valuable player in the nation in the Lutheran Athletic Association Basketball Program, my team Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park which won the national championship in which I hit the winning shot with one second left on the clock.
I am having a positive affect at a very young age that Muhammad Ali had on me in building my confidence and having such a great friend to look up too. It all started at the late, great Johnny Coulon’s gym in Woodlawn you’re good at basketball so play basketball.” Ali attended some my basketball games at Harvard’s ST. George and people paid more attention to him than the basketball game. In 1968 I made the Chicago can All City Chicago High School Prep Basketball First Team and was the most valuable player in the nation in the Lutheran Athletic Association Basketball Program, my team Augustina Lutheran Church of Hyde Park which won the national championship in which I hit the winning shot with one second left on the clock. I am so appreciative of the positive affect at a very young age that Muhammad Ali had on me in building my confidence and having such a great friend to look up too. It all started at the late, great Johnny Coulon’s gym in Woodlawn.
Sketches from the memorial service of my friend the late, great Attorney Lewis Myers Jr.
The knowledge, friendship, mentoring and help that I received from Lew and two of our mutual good friends the late Attorneys Michael Wayne Smith and E. Duke McNeil has been invaluable beyond any words that I can think of that would adequately describe it.
Dr. Edgar Daniel “E D” Nixon
Please cover this event of interest to the public. on October 5 thru October 13 2020 For More Information: Contact: Mr. Maurice Perkins (773) 715 4280
Executive Director, Inner City Youth Foundation Inc. 4500 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, Illinois Lionel Nixon, 312 918 2974
The Datrell Davis Memorial 28th Year Anniversary
A Recommitment to Saving Our Children and Renewing the Historic Chicago Citywide Gang Truce Keynote Speaker And Governor Ms. Arnett Freeman An Intergenerational Exchange With The Purpose:
To Produce A New Citywide Gang Truce for Chicago Youth to Stop the Shooting and The Killing In Our Neighborhoods. Passing the Batton, Sharing the History, Of Why, How, And Showing That It Has and Can Be Done Again. “If you can do it once you can do it twice!” Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm Swift Mansion 4500 S. Michigan Ave Limited Seating; Light Refreshments; Social Distancing Will Be Observed; Donations Appreciated.
For more information and to RSVP contact Mr. Maurice Perkins, Executive Director at the Inner-City Youth and Adult Foundation Inc. An Illinois 501 C3 Not for Profit Corporation founded in 1974 (773) 715 4280
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The Housing Crisis Remains to Fix It
CCNews Media National & International Correspondent
There are Regional and National residual effects up until this very day from the 2008 mortgage crisis. An issue of public policy. “We need public pressure so that locally”, intergovernmental they” can do something about the fact that Black homeownership has fallen to 42%; 29% + less than those of similarly situated United States citizens of European descent. This is an, early, very conservative data estimate that extends and applies to homeowners who Americans of African descent in Chicago and across the United States; consequently who have loss over half of their wealth due to the loss of their homes: “due to circumstances beyond the Mortgagor’s control”. There were very few forbearance agreements or mortgage modifications provided as relief particularly to Black homeowners.
To the best of my knowledge and belief, very few of the Mortgagee perpetrators were criminally punished. There were Mortgagees and Banks who were found guilty of poor single-family loan servicing practices and some even fraudulent loan servicing practices of whom made civil agreements with the government and paid civil fines to the United States Treasury without any restitution to the victim homeowners.
This problem was not totally the fault of former President Barack Obama; the policy decisions as to how and under what circumstances government housing policy oversight mechanisms to stop the recession were developed, legislated, regulated, issued, and implemented across many different areas of government and the private sector by Congress.
If Obama had done nothing the entire economy would have crashed. It was a tough choice. But the United States remains real. Help is needed now. Laying aside excuses, my concern now is to get attention for my people in Chicago and other places across the state of Illinois, Missouri, and the nation, who are suffering and losing their homes. They are expecting me to call attention to this matter because of my knowledge and training along with my experience in housing. Personally, I like President Obama, we just have some political differences.
This is not about partisan politics or name-calling but drawing attention to the fact the United States government has some obligation to help and fix this problem. With one stroke of the pin, it could be fixed this year l 2020. Therefore the Trump Administration is responsible for fixing this problem highly impacting Black American homeowners. Joe Biden is responsible for repairing and proposing a plan on his platform for fixing the problem. To whom much is given much is required.
The problems must be fixed!
The Physics of Love Eternal
Remembering The Late Reverend Dr. Charles Koen
Excerpt from the Historic Images Outlet
In “1980 PRESS PHOTO CHARLES KOEN PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD PLATFORM.”