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Archive for November 18th, 2010

‘Wall Street Money Contractors’ get away with discrimination, author says

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 Retired SBA Contractor cites lack of accountability in new book 

 


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Buffalo, NY (BlackNews.com) — Fighting back from the massive stroke that paralyzed him in 1995 wasn’t the first war waged by Sherman Turner, a master plumber for the Small Business Administration. His first and ongoing battle is with what he calls the “Wall Street money contractors” that discriminate against African Americans like him in the construction trades. In the just-released Minorities Deceived: The Sherman Turner Story, Part I, Turner shares his experience of deceit and racial discrimination. Kenya Rehabilitation, Part 2 is also now available.

The SBA originally agreed to partner with a large, white-owned contractor on a project assigned to Turner’s oversight. When the contractor began discriminating against minorities in its hiring and training practices, the SBA quietly asked Turner to do the job alone – an act that would spark a war of sorts, Turner says, since the larger contractor controlled the unions and suppliers, and had financial resources far greater than the local SBA office did.

“What happened to the report of bad behavior filed by the SBA with the Buffalo District director’s office? Was it lost or misplaced? Or was it ignored?” Turner still asks today.

That experience, along with other forms of discrimination he has experienced, made Turner into an advocate for minorities in the construction industry. Minorities Deceived shines a light that he hopes will inspire minorities to overcome obstacles and communities to hold federally funded construction projects accountable to the regulations intended to prevent racial inequities. “Still today, 70 to 90 percent of the mighty Wall Street money contractors still will not stop discrimination practices because of the lack of enforcement,” Turner says.

The author was able to write the book only after traveling to Kenya and learning to speak African Kiswahili, or Swahili. The stroke that paralyzed him also took away much of his memory. His doctor recommended learning another language to help restore proper brain function.
About the Author
Sherman L. Turner of Buffalo, N.Y., was a master plumber and minority contractor for the Small Business Administration. Paralyzed by a massive stroke in 1995, he traveled to Kenya to try learning another language, at his doctor’s suggestion, to aid his recovery. At the Kenyan School of Languages and Rehabilitations, he learned the African language Kiswahili in year 2004, which helped improve his memory; it was there also that he first learned of Barack Obama.

The book is available for purchase at AuthorHouse.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com

Grant helps University of Illinois at Chicago College of Denistry students provide outreach to underserved youngsters

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Under the leadership of Dr. Aljernon J. Bolden as Principal Investigator (PI), the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Denistry recently developed and piloted an 18-month Dental School Outreach Program (DSOP) community partnership benefiting the health and well-being of vulnerable children at the El Valor social service agency and St. Malachy Elementary School.

Dr. Bolden is Associate Professor of Preventive and Public Health Sciences for the Department of Pediatric Denistry. El Valor is a non-profit organization in Chicago’s Pilsen community dedicated to helping children. St. Malachy is located on Chicago’s West Side.

Funding originated with the Kellogg Foundation and came through the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), which invited only three schools – the Howard University College of Dentistry, the University of Michigan School of Denistry, and the UIC College of Denistry – to apply “because of their track record of services to the underserved,” Dr. Bolden said. Each school received $100,000.

For El Valor infants and toddlers, students from the College performed infant oral assessment, fluoride varnish applications, and restorative and preventive services. A “dental home” was established for the children of the El Valor Early Headstart Program whereby oral health services were provided to El Valor infants by d-3s in the College’s clinical facilities. Each D-3 “adopted” a child and family.

Dental students were trained in mentoring and career counseling and provided those services to sixth, seventh-and eighth-grade students from St. Malachy. The College students introduced St. Malacy students to online resources concerning careers, emphasizing the ADEA “Exploring Health Careers” website, and provided them with general career counseling. They also mentored St. Malachy students concerning the youngsters’ science fair projects.

The goal was to encourage St. Malachy students to pursue healthcare careers and to improve the College students’ capacity to serve vulnerable populations as caregivers and role models.

Students in the College’s Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) and the predominantly African American Student National Dental Association (SNDA) were the main point-persons for the DSOP, with the HSDA concentrating on El Valor and the NSDA concentrating on St. Malachy.

Dr. Bolden was chosen as PI because, he said, “my passion is designing and implementing community-based programs for vulnerable populations. You want somebody who has been involved in these things, and I have done that for both our predoc and graduate students, and I also have worked with philanthropic organizations such as Kellogg and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation before.

“We’re in the business of preparing high-quality healthcare providers who understand the issues of diversity and the needs of the community, and who, especially in a down economy, who can utilize resources efficiently,” Dr. Boldrn said. “The DSOP fit perfectly with that mission.”

El Valor and St. Malachy were natural partners for the College, Dr. Bolden said, because they already had participated in Give Kids a Smile Day, Healthy Smiles Week, and other programs at the College.

“SNDA put the St. Malachy into the Impressions Program, a national program of the National Dental Association’s SNDA to expose youngsters from underserved communities about the dental profession,” Dr. Bolden explained.

The work with El Valor youngsters was “a family model approach,” Dr. Bolden continued. “We were doing risks assessment of caries in the child, and would also learn if other children in the family were high-risk.”

The College was successful in meeting its goals, and even expanded on them.

“Even though the focus was on clinical services for El Valor youngsters, the HSDA said they would like to mentor the older El Valor youngsters as well,” Dr. Bolden explained. “So now HSDA members are offering career counseling to El Valor seventh and eighth graders. In addition, SNDA has ‘adopted’ St. Malachy’s and will continue to career counseling for its students.”

Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for prevention and Public Health Sciences, coordinated the project with ADEA. Dr. Darryl pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, worked on student mentoring and coordinated with student organizations and the UIC Urban Health Program. Dr. Indru Punwani, Head, pediatric Dentistry, coordinated development of a “dental home” at the College for El Valor.

Dr. Christine Hryhorczuk, Director of Site Asssessment for Extramural Education, was responsible for community-based clinical services outreach coordination. Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, Predoctoral Clinic Director, Pediatric Dentistry, was the point of contact for student clinical services related to the DSOP. Dr. Anne Koerber, Director of Behavioral Science, consulted on the project. Dr. Christine Wu, Director of Cariology, Pediatric Dentistry, helped determine which children were high-risk.

The project may have conculded, but not the College’s commitment. “Dr. Pendleton and I are trying to tie in some of the activities with other grants or programs, so we can continue them,” Dr. Bolden concluded.

Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador and Hall-Of-Famer Bobby Hull makes his Goodman Theatre debut in A Christmas Carol on December 14

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The Goodman and Blackhawks team up with The Make-A-Wish Foundation to make 11-year-old Charles Finch’s dream of acting on stage come true

 

Chicago, IL – It’s an “exhibition game” of a very special kind when Goodman Theatre welcomes ice hockey legend Bobby Hull, together with Charles Finch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to the stage for a one-night-only appearance in A Christmas Carol December 14 at 7:30pm. Hull and Finch don costumes created especially for them, and appear in select

scenes of A Christmas Carol directed by William Brown. Together with the cast, they take a bow and sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” at curtain call. Following the performance, Hull will meet and greet audiences in the theater’s lobby, where signed copies of his book, The Golden Jet, will be available for purchase. This event marks the fourth consecutive year that the Goodman and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have made a young person’s dream of appearing on stage come true—and the theater’s first partnership with the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Tickets ($68+) to Bobby Hull/Make-A-Wish Night are available by calling the Box Office 312.443.3800 or visiting GoodmanTheatre.org.

“We are proud to partner with Chicago’s Championship team and welcome hockey’s legendary Bobby Hull to our stage— together with an up-and-coming superstar, Charles Finch,” said Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer. “Every night in the theater is special, but to grant a young person’s wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation is one of the most meaningful nights we experience each year.”

Eleven-year-old Charles Finch (Markham, IL), a Christine Hills School (Orland Park, IL) sixth grader who suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, dreams of becoming an actor on the stage and screen.

“I am thrilled to play such a special role in A Christmas Carol and share the stage with a star like Charles,” said Chicago Blackhawks Ambassador and Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull. ”The Blackhawks and Goodman Theatre are significant parts of Chicago’s great tradition, making it an honor to be bringing the two together for this night.”

In 1957, at the age of 18, Bobby Hull began his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks. In his first two seasons, he appeared in 70 games each season, but his third season could very well be considered his breakout year. The 1959/1960 season saw “The Golden Jet” increase his goal total to 39 as Hull mastered his game by increasing the curve on his stick and popularizing the slapshot. In the 1960/1961 season Hull’s natural abilities continued to shine when he scored 50 goals, which equaled the NHL record for most goals in a season, led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup and won his second Art Ross Trophy. In the 1965/1966 season, Hull became the first player in the league to break the 50 goal barrier when he scored 54 goals and added 43 assists. For his effort, Hull was awarded his second Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. When he retired, Hull was second only to hockey legend Gordie Howe in goals and total points. In his 15 NHL seasons, Hull scored 610 goals and 1,170 points making him the highest scoring left wing in history at that time.

“This role in A Christmas Carol is a wonderful opportunity for our wish child to feel the compassion of the community as he battles cancer,” said Stephanie Springs, Chief Executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois. “The experience will surely be amazing and help to keep Charles’ excitement level high as we work to plan his movie wish.”

Celebrating 25 years of granting wishes in Illinois, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois continues to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than 9,000 to special children across Illinois. For more information or to find out how you can help, call 312.602.WISH or visit www.wishes.org.

The Goodman is grateful to the sponsors of its 33rd annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 19 – December 31) including Major Corporate Sponsor Harris Bank; Corporate Sponsor Partners Aon Corporation, Chapman and Cutler LLP and KPMG LLP; and Media Sponsor Chicago Tribune.

New Chicago Architecture Foundation Exhibition opens

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Chicago, IL —Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability opens Nov 19 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S Michigan. The exhibition is free and open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through February 15, 2011.

Designed to bring attention to the need for sustainable neighborhoods, the exhibition includes suggestions to select a “smart” site as well as creating livable neighborhoods, all while reducing energy consumption. Examples of sustainable neighborhoods in the United States and Canada describe neighborhoods that have good public transportation, affordable housing, and places where people can walk and bike without having to drive a car.

“This exhibition demonstrates our commitment to sustainable growth,” said Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation President and CEO. “It gets people thinking about what they can do to improve their communities and encourages future growth that is responsible.”

The exhibition identifies the obstacles to creating sustainable communities and introduces the Chicago Challenge – a group of planners, architects, environmentalists, local governments and institutions hoping to transform the Chicago region into a global leader of green neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods Go Green! Scaling Up Sustainability focuses on the national standard for rating and certifying sustainable neighborhoods known as Leadership in Energy Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). It was curated by the US Green Building Council and Farr Associates. Its opening coincides with the AAO and Greenbuild conferences, taking place in Chicago in November 2010.

Programs that coincide with the exhibition include The Promise of LEED Neighborhood Development Jan. 26 at 12:15. www.architecture.org has additional programs.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located at 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604. Current exhibition is Chicago Model City with a large scale model of Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and youth and adult education programs. For further information visit www.architecture.org or call 312.922.3432 or become a facebook fan: www.facebook.com/chicagoarchitecture or follow on twitter: www.twitter.com/chiarchitecture

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