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“One Nation”, “One America”: A Rallying Cry for Unity

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On October - 4 - 2010 1 COMMENT



By Juanita Bratcher


It was in the spirit of unity that thousands of Americans flocked to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC at a rally Saturday (October 2) where speaker after speaker pronounced their intentions of building a future for the country that is workable for all people.

It was a pleasure to watch a rally dealing with pressing issues and calling for real solutions to issues that have had a dramatic hold on a slow moving economy, an economy that has sucked up millions of jobs, forced thousands of Americans into foreclosure, and brought about uncertainty in the landscape overall. 

“One Nation”, “One America” was the overall rallying cry coming from those in attendance at the “One Nation Working Together” Rally at the Lincoln Memorial, 47 years after the lauded and famous “I Have A Dream” speech delivered by Civil Rights Leader and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 The One Nation Working Together rally was organized by local, state and national groups – civil rights, labor and religious. It seemed more like a “get out the vote rally,” but the rhetoric focused on the problems of jobs, reinvesting in the country’s infrastructure, public education and a myriad of other issues.

 This was serious talk – no belligerent voices. There were no spins, no slants, no hateful rhetoric, no insulting signs, no incendiary talk, polarization or mudslinging. It was all about working together for a better America, a great America – to come together in unity. There was no hatemongering. It was not a platform of division as has been at many Tea Party rallies, including the one put together by Talk Show Host Glenn Beck at the same location weeks ago.

 Moreover, the crowd at the rally was a diverse group of people, a true picture of America – something not seen at Tea Party rallies.

 Rev. Al Sharpton, one of several speakers at the “One Nation Working Together” Rally, noted that, “This is what America looks like – not one color, not one agenda.”

 Comedian Charlie Hill said “It’s all about healing.”

 Speaker after speaker underlined the issues, and talked about solutions to get the country back on track.

 Ed Schultz, host of “The Ed Show” on MSNBC, called the rally a “defining moment in America,” noting that the march was about “the power to the people.”

 Representatives from hundreds of organizations were present at the rally. Others attending the rally were Comedian Dick Gregory, Actor and Singer Harry Belafonte, one of the speakers; Former Politician and former head of the NAACP Julian Bond, and Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO. Trumka told the crowd to promise not to let anyone divide them or turn against each other; that they must stand together, fight together and win together. Benjamin Todd Jealous, President of the NAACP, urged attendees that when returning home, ask their friends and neighbors to vote.

 Some of the displayed signs at the “One Nation Working Together” stated: 

  • “We March For Hope Not Hate”
  • “Healthcare Not Warfare”
  • “Silence Republican Lies”
  • “Gonna Vote? You Betcha”
  • “Keep It Made In America”
  • “Jobs With Justice”
  • “Hell Yes, We Can”
  • “Go Out And Vote For Democrats”

Vowing America is “One Nation under God”; there were loud voices from the crowd repeatedly yelling “One Nation”, “One America”.

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, described it as a positive and inclusive rally, and Wade Henderson, pointed out that “Voting is the language of democracy.” 

The “One Nation Working Together” rally was in the spirit of the people, a spirit of unity in working together toward a better and greater America.

Berrios gets endorsement nod from Latino elected officials

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Chicago, IL – A coalition of Latino elected officials from throughout Chicago and Cook County on Monday came together to endorse Democratic candidate for Assessor, Joseph Berrios.

“Joe Berrios has spent his career in public service working to level the playing field for the minority communities,” said U.S. Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-4th). “He will continue that work when he becomes Cook County’s next assessor, making sure that everyone is treated equally, no matter their color or income level.”

 Berrios, who won the Democratic primary in February, was honored to be endorsed by the group during a press conference at the Hotel Allegro.

“I have always strived to make the Latino community proud. This endorsement reflects their belief that I am doing a good job, and would serve them well as Cook County Assessor,” Berrios said. “I won’t let them down. While my opponent admittedly ignores minorities, I will continue outreach into the Latino and African-American communities not only until Election Day, but after I win on November 2nd.”

State Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-24th) stressed that Berrios has met with constituents throughout the city and suburbs over the past few months.

 “He has been on the west side, listening to concerns about property taxes and fair assessments,” Hernandez said. “And I know he’ll continue to be this inclusive when he is elected.”

 State Senator Tony Munoz agreed, saying Berrios had been a frequent visitor to the south side while campaigning. “Joe understands that he will be Cook County assessor – not just assessor for one part of Cook County. That’s what we need in a leader,” Munoz said.

 If elected, Berrios, currently a commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review, would be the first minority Assessor. He was the first Hispanic state legislator when he became a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1982, where he served three terms. He is also the first Hispanic to serve as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

Also endorsing Berrios on Monday were: Illinois Senator Iris Martinez; Illinois Senator William (Willie) Delgado; Illinois Rep. Eddie Acevedo; Rep. Luis Arroyo; Rep. Maria A. (Toni) Berrios; Rep. Cynthia Soto; Rep. Susana Mendoza; Chicago Alderman Rey Colon; Ald. Ray Suarez; Ald. Roberto Maldonado; Ald. Ariel Reboyras; Ald. Proco (Joe) Moreno; Ald. Ricardo Munoz; Ald. Daniel (Danny) Solis; Cook County Commissioner Mario Moreno; Commissioner Edwin Reyes; Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Frank Avila; Committeeman Charlie Hernandez; and Committeeman Jesse Ruben Juarez.

For more information about the Berrios campaign, visit www.electjoeberrios.com.

Subpoenaed anti-war activists to speak to press about breaking legal developments

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It will take place Tuesday, October 5, 9:00 am outside Dirksen Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn 


Chicago, IL –  The Committee Against Political Repression will hold a solidarity vigil at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 5 to be followed by a 9 am press conference where subpoenaed anti-war and international solidarity activists will speak to the press about breaking developments in the grand jury proceedings.  The vigil and press conference are part of a national day of action in response to a series of FBI raids that took place on September 24 in Chicago and around the US. The raids targeted anti-war activists and solidarity activists in at least three states, including activists in Chicago.

The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, searching the homes of most of these activists. They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

At least sixty rallies and demonstrations were held around the country last week to say that these raids will not intimidate the anti-war movement; to express solidarity with those targeted by this outrageous breach of basic rights; and to reaffirm that they are committed to building the movement towards peace and justice at home and abroad. Tuesday’s solidarity vigil and press conference in Chicago will follow a national call-in day to Attorney General Eric Holder to call off the grand jury proceedings and end the harassment of anti-war and international solidarity activists.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee opens October 7th

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The C-O-M-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N is intense. The words are hilarious. Let the spelling begin! This quirky and funny Tony Award-winning musical, by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, centers on a fictional spelling bee in Putnam County where six young people in the throes of P-U-B-E-R-T-Y, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a L-O-S-E-R.Come see the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois State University. Audience members may participate as guest S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S.October 7 – 10 & 12 – 16 7:30 pm with a 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday October 10Get tickets for the ISU School of Theatre’s production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at (309) 438-2535 or ticketmaster.com.Event parking is now F-R-E-E.

 This show is recommended for ages thirteen and up.

The Rukus Theater brings Escape From The Haltsburg Boys Choir

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Chicago, IL - The Ruckus Theater is making some noise by producing a world-premiere musical during its second season in Chicago: Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir, book by Aaron Dean, music by Jason Rico, lyrics by Aaron Dean and Jason Rico, directed by Tympanic Theatre Artistic Director Daniel Caffrey. Led by an ensemble cast of twelve, Escape… is a coming-of-age story in the tradition of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Chocolate War and, most closely, Stand By Me. Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir—workshopped by The Ruckus in June 2010—is performed at The Side Project Theatre (1439 W Jarvis Ave) January 6 – 30, 2010 (opening night is January 7). Performances are Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and go on sale October 11 at RuckusTheater.org or by phone at 773.769.RCKS (7257).
The Ruckus’ first musical, Escape from the Haltsburg Boys Choir sends us on a perilous journey with a group of boys on the verge of adulthood. While the boys are not unlike those you might meet on a Chicago street corner today, the world in which they exist is more akin to that of the Brothers Grimm. To our intrepid young escapees, the Tatzelwürm is nearly as terrifying as their heartless choirmaster, the Witch as mysterious as the first pangs of love and lust and the sweet smell of freedom as lovely as a beautiful young face. Escape… combines the fantastical with the all-too familiar and the result is a painfully honest, surprising, affecting and seriously funny portrayal of the pain and beauty of adolescence and the beginnings of sexual awakening. If that weren’t enough, there’s a sadistic groundskeeper, a hallucinogenic mountain-dwelling invertebrate, shape-shifters, kidnappers and more testicular humor than you can shake a stick at. 
Aaron Dean (Book & Lyrics) is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he studied theater and dabbled in Sociology and History. He has worked as a screenwriter, actor, nanny, janitor, musician, salesman, groundskeeper, canvasser for Greenpeace, baker, dishwasher, little league concession guy, tutor, cook, playwright, has unloaded many, many semi-trucks and co-hosted shows displaying patio furniture. His work as a playwright has been produced by The Ruckus and Brain Surgeon Theater.
Jason Rico (Music & Lyrics) is an American composer of instrumental, vocal and theater music. He has created a body of work in multiple genres including symphonic, wind ensemble, choral, art song, chamber music and opera. Jason studied composition with Michael Schelle at Butler University and with Andrey Kasparov and Adolphus Hailstork at Old Dominion University. His compositions have been praised for their complex and truly American style. His ability to pair the musical line with text was highlighted in his work “This Land of Heroes” for chorus, assorted instruments and electronics, for which he was awarded the Old Dominion University Honors Grant. He also received several other awards for his “Viola Concerto,” “Three American Elegies” and the song cycle “Nature Is Never Spent.” Jason is currently Music Director for Quixotic, a sketch comedy troupe based in Chicago. Escape from the Haltsburg Boys’ Choir is his first musical.
Director Daniel Caffrey is the Artistic Director of Tympanic Theatre Company, which he founded in 2006 after moving to Chicago. He has directed for Tympanic, iO, the side project, and is thrilled to be back with The Ruckus after directing his own short play Pogo for Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It in 2009. As a playwright, his work has been produced by ARFTCO, Chicago Dramatists, Dramatis Personae, Dream Theatre, Hobo Junction, Infusion Theatre, MOB Productions, The Rough House, Tympanic and WildClaw. He occasionally acts and is a Staff Writer for the music publication Consequence Of Sound consequenceofsound.net.
The Ruckus – Spring 2011 at The Side Project Theatre
by Timo Aker | directed by Katie Canavan
A workshop. March 2011
Istanbul, 2006. In a city centuries old, a young man grapples with what it means to be American, and to be other. Help The Ruckus make Su Sessiz (Calm Water) with this 2010/2011 workshop by company member Timo Aker.
developed by the Company; by Mitch Vermeersch and Aaron Dean
directed by Allison Shoemaker 
May/June 2011
In 15 Minutes, there are the Knowns and the Not-Knowns, and there is everyone in between. In a city built of glass and steel, cables and cameras, six people are about to meet a very strange man with some very strange ideas. There are rules, and there are risks, and there is something very strange about this World’s Fair—but if you listen to him you could become one of the six most famous people alive.

Illinois State Board of Education begins budget development for FY2012

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Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a series of public budget hearings as it prepares its Fiscal Year 2012 education budget recommendation for the Governor and General Assembly. The series will begin with a 3 p.m. hearing Monday, Oct. 18 in room 16-503 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago that will be followed by five public forums across the state. The Board’s Finance and Audit Committee is asking participants to identify their education funding priorities and suggest any solutions to the state debt and backlog of payments owed to schools.


“Public feedback is always important in the budget making process because it provides insight into local priorities and puts a face to the more than two million students served through our state education budget,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We know districts are waiting on nearly one billion dollars in back payments for services already provided while also dealing with less state and local revenue and an unknown future. We expect to hear from more citizens this fall as we move forward toward recommending a budget to the General Assembly.’’ 

The Illinois State Board of Education’s Finance and Audit Committee conducts public hearings each year to gather opinions about the education needs and priorities at the local level as they prepare the following year’s education budget. The Board generally recommends an education budget in January, several months prior to any General Assembly action on the next fiscal year’s budget. The Board can only make a recommendation. The Governor and legislators must determine how to generate revenue and set the final budget.


People planning to participate at the budget hearings are asked to bring five copies of written testimony to submit to the Finance and Audit Committee.  A sign-in sheet will be available at each hearing site. The committee invites the general public, appointed and elected officials, candidates and organizations to respond to the following questions as they consider next year’s budget.


Guiding Questions

 1)    The State Board has prioritized General State Aid, mandated categoricals, such as special education and transportation, and early childhood, as budget priorities in the past.  Should this focus continue during tough economic times?

2)    The state has been unable to provide timely payments to districts for two consecutive years, thus making local planning difficult.  What actions should be taken to address this situation?

3)    In each of the last two years, the state budget has been supplemented by $1 billion from federal stimulus funds. How should education expenditures change in the future with likely reduced federal spending, but no decrease in federally mandated programs? Should the state impose cost savings due to these reduced federal funds or leave cuts to the discretion of local districts?


The Finance and Audit Committee FY 2012 Budget Hearings will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the day before the meeting they wish to attend. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

 Those who are unable to attend one of the six public hearings are encouraged to email responses to the guiding questions to isbefy12@isbe.net  The following is a list of meetings:


·        Monday, October 18, 2010 — 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Chicago — Room 16-503, James R. Thompson Center , 100 West Randolph Street , Chicago

·        Wednesday, October 27, 2010 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Springfield — ISBE Office, 4th floor Board Room, 100 N. First Street , Springfield

·        Wednesday, November 3, 2010 — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Mundelein — Carl Sandberg School Multipurpose Room, Mundelein S.D. #75, 855 W. Hawley Street, Mundelein

·        Monday, November 8, 2010 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Belleville — St. Clair County Regional Office of Education, 1000 S. Illinois Street , Belleville

·        Monday, November 15, 2010 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — DeKalb — DeKalb County Regional Office of Education, 2500 N. Annie Glidden Rd. , DeKalb

·        Tuesday, November 30, 2010 — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Champaign — Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion, Room C, 200 W. Green Street , Champaign  


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