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Archive for March 19th, 2011

Illinois Faith Communities “Sound the Alarm” for Health Care Justice

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(From the Campaign For Better Health Care)
 For a Just and Compassionate Health Care System For All, March 18-20
Chicago, IL – Rallying around the theme “Inform, Implement, Improve,” hundreds of congregations and thousands of parishioners representing all faith traditions throughout Illinois will participate in the Campaign for Better Health Care’s 2011 Sound the Alarm program this weekend. They are celebrating next week’s anniversary of the passage of federal health care reform law, and drawing attention to the more than 1.8 million uninsured Illinoisans who are still at risk until those reforms are implemented.
As part of the weekend events, more than 400 congregations statewide will pause during worship services to pray for those in their community who are suffering from the health care crisis and for the solid implementation of the recent federal health reform in Illinois; read scripture and liturgies related to healing and justice; hold discussion groups on the role of health care as the key to economic security and opportunity for all people; sign and send Celebration Postcards to encourage Illinois politicians to implement health care reform in Illnois in a just and compassionate manner; share personal health care stories; and ring a bell or sound a horn or Shofar 18 times during their service.
Faith leaders representing participating congregations from all traditions include Rabbi Michael R. Zedek, Senior Rabbi of Emanuel Congregation of Chicago; Sh. Kifah A. Mustapha, Imam and the Associate Director of the Mosque Foundation in Bridgeview, IL, Chairman of the Illinois Council of Imams and Scholars (ICIS), and President for the Shura of Islamic Family Counselors of America (SIFCA); and Rev. Larry L. Greenfield, Chair of the Faith Caucus, Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, and Theologian-in-Residence/Editor at Protestants for the Common Good. 
Rev. Greenfield spoke of the economic impact of the health care crisis on members of his faith community.  “Equal access to health care is not only a socio-economic issue, but also a moral issue whose impact is felt strongly within our communities and congregations. We recognize that implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois is the opportunity to create a just & equitable health care system on both the state and national level, and the moral imperative of doing that. Together, we call upon our elected officials of Illinois to accept the moral imperative of providing health care security for all,” he said.
“The recent legislation for health care reform is historic, but it is only a beginning,” said Rabbi Zedek.  “The Campaign for Better Health Care’s Faith Caucus has led the effort for expanding health care for every person with health care needs.  The poor, the marginalized, the vulnerable, and the elderly suffer first, the longest, and the most intense in a health crisis.  Sound the Alarm is a way for local faith communities to confront the injustices and inequalities in our health care system.”
Iman Mustapha added, “More and more, people are unable to afford necessary health care.  They struggle to save their homes and to pay for food, and the stress of not having health care adds to their everyday burden.  I look forward to seeing how health care reform will benefit those of our neighbors who are struggling right now. This national reform law is not perfect, but is a very strong first step.  It sets a sturdy foundation from which we will move forward.”
Laura Leon, Faith Director for the Campaign for Better Health Care remarked, “People of faith are at the heart of our country’s health care past and present. Because we affirm that health and health care are integral to the wholeness of body and spirit, we will strive to emphasize the moral imperative of implementing the ACA so that this historic win works for all without cuts in benefits to those that need them most. Just as awareness of moral need stirred other great social movements – the end of slavery, protection of child and adult workers, and environmentalism – awareness of the moral need for health care reform can bring people together to begin the work for another social transformation. People of faith need to act on this moral imperative.”   She can be contacted for further information about Sound the Alarm or the Faith Caucus at (312) 913-9449 or lleon@cbhconline.org.

The National Black Church Initiative condemns the Catholic Church’s continued abuse of children

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(From The National Black Church Initiative) 


  We Demand the Implementation of the Child Victim’s Act in Every State to Expose the Sexual Abuse of Catholic Priests and Other Predators.


Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is outraged at the recent grand jury finding in Philadelphia that 37 Catholic priests in active duty have credible allegations of sexual abuse.  The Philadelphia archdiocese suspended 21 of the 37 Roman Catholic priests who were named as child molestation suspects on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. 

NBCI says, “too little, too late.”


Two grand juries – one in 2005 identifying 63 active duty Catholic priests with allegations of sexual abuse and this finding in 2011 identifying 37 – have found the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse within the church woefully inadequate.   The panel created by the Catholic Church in 2005 was found to have worked mostly to protect the church, not the victims – an unsettling realization after consistent reassurances from the Catholic Church that they are protecting children.  How many innocent lives have been forever tarnished?  It seems that the Catholic Church only responds to public, legal intervention and is incapable of independently protecting children and identifying abusers. NBCI seeks to eradicate sexual abuse within the Church – we call on all religious leaders to join us putting the protection of children first.

The Child Victim’s Act, which was authored by Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson, eliminated the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse of children. It gives child victims of unspeakable sexual trauma the chance to speak up in a way that they were previously unable to.  It also allows those who cover up and enable predators to be exposed. It is clear that sexual abuse, especially when perpetrated by a trusted religious authority, leaves an indelible mark on a child.  These broken children must have the opportunity to address their abuser in whatever timeline facilitates positive mental and physical health for the victim – Catholic priests can no longer hide behind statues of limitations.  These children deserve justice now.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, “Over the years we have expressed, in the strongest of terms, the position of the black church regarding the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal.  We have made it very clear – we condemn the perpetuation of sexual abuse.  We condemn the Church’s lack of transparency.  We no longer believe that the Catholic Church is utilizing the necessary resources to end the evil abuse of God’s children.  Therefore, I have ordered our faith command leaders nationwide to advocate on the passage of the Child Victim’s Act in every state to ensure that Catholic and Protestant abusers are held accountable.  Similar bills are pending in other states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii and they have NBCI’s full support.  Additionally, five years ago I asked our NBCI faith-based leaders to meet with their state attorney general’s to implement effective reporting and investigative channels to indentify and remove predators from positions within the Church.  I am happy to report the success of this collaboration and I am calling on the Catholic Church to follow our lead.”

Leaving hundreds of thousands of victims in its wake worldwide, this scandal has cost over $2.6 billion dollars, with physical and emotional costs impossible to calculate.  Abusers continue their insidious molestation under the protection of the Catholic Church and very few ever are tried in a court of law – according to the John Jay College of CriminalJustice only 6% of all priests against whom allegations were made were convicted and about 2% received prison sentences since 1950.  In fact, a 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police illustrating that the Catholic Church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests.  This can go on no longer – victims voices will be heard and with the power of the black church justice will be achieved.

Rev Mark McCleary, Chairman of NBCI Minister Alliance, says “We have very clear instructions from our denominational leaders and Rev Evans and we will move quickly to put them in place and support the passage of the Child Protection Act in New York, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. I will personally working with the faith based community to gain support for the passage of these bills to protect all children.”

Pope Benedict XVI has admitted that “the greatest persecution of the church doesn’t come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sin within the church.”  NBCI agrees that there is sin within the Catholic Church however; the Catholic Church is not being ‘persecuted’.  Rather, it is the innocent children, in their quest to strengthen their faith, who are persecuted by Catholic clergy.  We are simply asking that the Church take full responsibility for the lives irrevocably damaged. 

After nearly 60 years of abuse allegations and indictments it has become clear that the Catholic Church is a moral threat to the Christian faith.  Each child whose innocence is stolen represents a crack in the Catholic Church’s credibility – it is now very clear the Catholic Church is shattered.  We are dismayed that the damage the Catholic Church inflicts upon children weakens the global message of Christ.  The Catholic Church abuse scandal has not only affected Catholics worldwide, but Protestants as well.  The numbers are staggering and shake the very foundation of the Christian Church.  This is why we are issuing this statement – the numbers speak for themselves.

An extensive new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that the number of people who say they are unaffiliated with any particular faith today (16.1%) is more than double the number who say they were not affiliated with any particular religion as children. Among Americans ages 18-29, one-in-four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion.

While those Americans who are unaffiliated with any particular religion have seen the greatest growth in numbers as a result of changes in affiliation, Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses as a result of affiliation changes. While nearly one-in-three Americans (31%) were raised in the Catholic faith, today fewer than one-in-four (24%) describe themselves as Catholic.

The Catholic Church does not bear the full responsibility for the growing loss of religious affiliation or belief; however one can argue that the recent scandals have diminished faith and contributed to the falling numbers of those who identify themselves as Catholics or as believers.

Of all the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States, black Americans are the most likely to report a formal religious affiliation. Even among those blacks who are unaffiliated, three-in-four belong to the “religious unaffiliated” category (that is, they say that religion is either somewhat or very important in their lives), compared with slightly more than one-third of the unaffiliated population overall.  Our faith is strong.

The black church will not bend – abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests, or any religious authority, goes against the foundation of the Christian faith.  It is imperative that the black church, with a historically solid position as a guardian of justice and peace, stand to protect our children.  For Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (King James Bible, Matthew 19:14)


About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative’s methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative’s purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.  Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.


TV ONE’S top-rated series, LISARAYE: The Real McCoy, returns for Season Two on APRIL 7 AT 9 PM ET with back-to-back episodes

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lisaraye_season2Life of the beautiful, outspoken actress and former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos is filled with unexpected events and interesting characters, including appearances by Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tatyana Ali, Bobby Brown, Elise Neal, Nelly, Twista, Bishop T.D. Jakes, DeRay Davis, Chef G. Garvin and Jacque Reid.

TV One’s top-rated series,”LisaRaye: The Real McCoy,” returns for a new season Thursday, April 7 at 9 PM ET with back-to-back episodes.

Photo credit: Robert Kley/TV One

Silver Spring, MD (BlackNews.com) — LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, TV One’s top-rated series, returns to the network Thursday, April 7 at 9 PM ET with back-to-back episodes for its second season, with the former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos firmly established back in Hollywood, and she’s playing the game – her way. The talented actress with the face of a goddess, and the bearing of a diva, wrapped up with her refreshing, down-to-earth candor, is making waves this season wherever she goes, whether she’s furthering her career, letting loose her maternal instincts, searching for Mr. Right, or helping out a friend in need.

Filmed in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Las Vegas, the nine-episode second season of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy finds the beautiful, outspoken star of film and television kicking her own acting career back into high gear with a new scripted series; burnishing her brand with a new line of jeans; raising money for charity to help friends; helping to get her daughter’s career off the ground, and looking for love – and spirituality.

The chic and elegant lady usually dressed in her trademark white came to Los Angeles from her native Chicago more than a decade ago, and got a taste of stardom and strong reviews in Ice Cube’s The Players Club and later leading roles in The Wood, Civil Brand and other films. More TV and film roles followed, including the role of Neesee in the popular sitcom All of Us.

In 2006, she left Hollywood behind for a role as a real princess… or rather First Lady, when she married the Premier of the Turks & Caicos, and lived a fairy tale life that was all too brief when rumors of infidelity and allegations of illegal behavior soon swirled around her husband and brought trouble to paradise.

In season one of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy, the actress returned to Hollywood to re-establish her critically acclaimed acting career, while balancing a far-flung and complex personal life. During the course of the season, she served notice to viewers and the entertainment community alike that she was back in the groove and hadn’t lost a step.

This season, from training for stunt fighting and military combat to organizing a fundraiser to help defray a close friend’s cancer bills to immersing herself in a T.D. Jakes spiritual conference to (micro) managing her daughter Kai’s budding career on the fashion runway, LisaRaye will always keep things interesting. One thing is for sure: viewers can always expect the unexpected, because that’s the real McCoy.

“We’ve come a long way since we first started taping season one of this show,” said LisaRaye. “I am very excited to be back with TV One for season two, and to share with viewers the many exciting developments and blessings in my life over the past year,” said LisaRaye. “I’ve had to fight for what I want and deserve, and I hope in some small way I can help inspire people – women especially – to go after what they want and fight for the life they deserve.”

In addition to LisaRaye, her daughter Kai, her assistant Quincy, and her business associate Tom add to the eclectic array of interesting characters. The show will also include celebrity appearances by Sheryl Lee Ralph, DeRay Davis, Tatyana Ali, Bobby Brown, Elise Neal, Nelly, Twista, Rev. Bishop T.D. Jakes, Chef G. Garvin and Jacque Reid.

In the premiere episode April 7 at 9 PM, LisaRaye’s trip to Puerto Rico for her “Back to Business” networking event takes a turn for the worse after her assistant Stacy loses some of her most prized possessions. In the episode that premieres at 9:30 PM, LisaRaye decides to take on stunt fighting and military combat training to prove she has what it takes to be the next best action hero. As part of her brand expansion plans, she auditions models for her new line of denim jeans.

To kick off premiere week, TV One will re-air all eight episodes from the first season of LisaRaye: The Real McCoy in a special primetime marathon on Sunday, April 3 from 8 PM – 12:30 AM.

LisaRaye: The Real McCoy is produced for TV One by Evolution Media. Executive producers are Douglas Ross, Gregory Stewart, Kathleen French, LisaRaye McCoy and Datari Turner. Co-executive producers are Alex Baskin, Susan Seide and Larry Kennar, and the series is directed by Oji Singeltary. The show was created by Datari Turner. Executive in charge of production for TV One is Jubba Seyyid.

The half-hour series (except for the season finale, which is an hour) settles into its regular schedule on Thursday, April 14, with a premiere episode airing at 9 PM and a repeat from the previous week airing at 9:30 PM (all times ET). The episodes repeat at midnight. For a sneak peek of season two, visit http://lisaraye.tvoneonline.com/category/season-two-sneak.

Launched in January 2004, TV One (www.tvoneonline.com) serves more than 52.1 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies, and music designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves more than 9 million households. TV One’s investors include Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners; Comcast Corporation [NASDAQ: CMCSA and CMCSK; www.comcast.com], the leading cable television company in the country; and The DirecTV Group.
Photos for press use can be downloaded at http://tvonepress.com/photos/LisaRaye_Season_2_Photos/. Photo credit: Robert Kley/TV One.

“Mother Wade” and son tell secrets of staying in business

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 You must have a passion for this industry

By Chinta Strausberg
Fondly called “Mother Wade” by her customers, Josephine Wade talked frankly about the financial challenges of keeping the doors of her popular restaurant open but made it clear that owners must have a passion for this industry and have to be willing to sacrifice if they want to survive in this growing competitive field.
Wade and her son, Victor Love, her successor to the newly named Josephine Cooking Restaurant formerly known as Captain Hard Times, were guests on WPWR’s Channel 50’s “Perspectives” talk show scheduled to air 12 noon, Sunday, March 20, 2011.
Interviewed by host Kimbriell Kelly, Wade said her restaurant has been in business for 44-years and that the secret to staying in business is “to love what you are doing…. You can’t limit yourself to just sitting in your office….  I do it all,” the feisty restaurateur said.
Love agreed saying his mother is a “master” at her craft and “prides her self with being involved with the churches” and supports various social programs. “She’s got a good heart for reaching out to the community…,” he said.
When asked what are her business challenges, Wade said the most important one is the disparity in finance. “We don’t get the same (financial) consideration that other restaurants do. When you come downtown, you are paying $33.00 for a plate of food easily, but on the South Side you are paying $15 for the whole entrée yet you are shopping at the same place that the Hilton and the Hyatt do.”
Explaining, Wade said while she buys the same quality food at the same places high scale restaurants to, she is forced to take a loss because of her location and the fact that her customers expect more for less.
Asked how does she deal about the disparity in food prices while providing customers with the same quality of dishes, Wade admits it does cut into her profits and said sacrifices must be made to make ends meet.
“For the last four-years, we have not taken salaries,” said Wade explaining how she is managing to keep the doors of her historic Josephine’s Cooking restaurant doors open.
She also pointed to the newly installed parking meters installed along the 79th business strip that Wade said are hurting her restaurant business.
But, there is yet another new economic barrier that has Wade worried. To compound the financial burden of the parking meters, Wade said, “Now, we have a tax that is coming onto our property (tax) for security. It’s strange because I don’t know why we have to have this. I have never had a car broken into. I’ve never had any major incident that an outside person done.”
Wade said this SSA local property tax levy coupled with “the tax the governor is getting ready to put on us, I think it’s going to be much more of a (fiscal) struggle.”
She was referring to the Special Service Area (SSA) #51 which the city approved for the Chatham community. According to Karletta Kelly, assistant to the executive director of the Chatham Business Association, which is the service provider for the SSA #51 plan provides for more than just security. “Our particular business corridor has been asking for security, but it also includes a laundry list of other services” including area marketing/advertising assistance, snow removal and other services tailored for the Chatham community.
However both Wade and Love are worried about this SSA #51 plan and its $8,000 tax bill they will have to pay.  When asked how will he be able to attack these fiscal challenges since his mother is passing on the mantle to him, Love said he hopes to meet with the alderman of that ward while “raising the consciousness of the community to know that if you’re going to pay a meter here, you’re also going to pay for parking downtown. So, it kind of washes itself out.
“You have to get beyond making any excuse to do business with each other. We have to love our community first,” Love said.
Born in Louisiana, Kelly looked at the colorful and aromatic food presentation prepared by Wade. “It’s delicious. I smell crab…,” she said her eyes darting from one end of the decorated table to the other.
Wade showcased and detailed her food selections which included: Grill salmon, pressed with vinegar Parmesan dressing and served with some cilantro and cherry tomato, southern fried chicken with mustard and turnip greens and candy yams; macaroni and cheese garnished with hush puppies that were made out of black eye peas, red and green pepper, onions, cornmeal, eggs, buttermilk and combined and dropped in deep fry. Wade also displayed Tilapia on a stick, which caught the eye of Kelly.
Wade, dressed in a pink chef’s jacket, included fried chicken with twice vegetable potatoes that included cabbage and pecan duck sauce. She also cooked a blackened chicken, salad tossed in an Italian dressing and served on a bed of lettuce garnished with yellow and green Zucchini, hard boil eggs, tomatoes wedges, and topped with black beans and corn, red and green pepper onion rings and a honey mustard dressing.
And, to top off her presentation, Wade had pasta with French cut beans tossed in olive oil, which she says is healthy. She selected sweet ice tea as her choice of beverage.
When asked about the caloric intake of soul food, Wade explained,  “You can eat your own culture of food. It’s the intake that you take, the time of day that you eat, and if you go to bed kind of late, your first meal should be at lunch time (a heavy meal) and your supper meal should be light….” Wade said you should never go to bed after over-eating.
Love said at Josephine’s Restaurant, they serve “food from Italian to soul food” and praised his mother for “stretching and weaving together (the menu) real nicely.”
Wade also showed off her fried turkey that was dipped in a pecan sauce. That was a huge hit with the employees at Fox 32 who devoured the turkey along with her other food selections.
The show airs noon, Sunday, March 20, 2011, on WPWR Channel 50.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.
Photo: Chinta Strausberg

Unhealthy homes pose real danger to millions of families

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National Healthy Homes Conference to address serious health and safety concerns in housing

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Millions of U.S. families face health and safety hazards like mold, lead, pest infestation and the physical deterioration of their homes. These problems are particularly common among some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: children, seniors, the disabled and low-income families.

To address these widespread issues, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host more than 3,000 national health and safety experts in Denver from June 20 – 23 at the National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC). Under the theme, Leading the Nation to Healthy Homes, Families and Communities, this is the most comprehensive forum ever held on the issue.

“It’s time that we move from talk to action,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Our goal is to ensure that every home is designed, built, rehabbed and maintained in a manner that protects the health and safety of American families. This conference encourages the exchange of critical information and presents innovative approaches and solutions to reduce home-related hazards.”

The Conference will feature more than 150 educational sessions and workshops, allowing officials from the public health, housing, safety and environmental communities to collaborate and share ideas. Presentations will be made by representatives from more than 200 organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, American Lung Association, National Center for Healthy Housing, AARP, National Association of Homebuilders and the Harvard School of Public Health.

“Building a Healthy Neighborhood” Volunteer Event Kicks-Off Conference Activities June 18-19

One of the highlights of NHHC takes place prior to the official start, when HUD and Rebuilding Together rehabilitate 25 homes in a Denver neighborhood on June 18 and 19. The event, called Building a Healthy Neighborhood, will bring together more than 300 volunteers to make the homes of local families safer and healthier. Volunteers may register at www.hud.gov/news/index.cfm.
About the 2011 National Healthy Homes Conference
NHHC is the housing industry’s most comprehensive, progressive and educational forum on the issue of healthy, safe and sustainable homes. The conference is a federally-sponsored event, bringing together a wide range of health, housing and environmental professionals to work toward making housing healthy, safe and environmentally sustainable. For more information about NHHC, including plenary speakers, session topics and presenters, please contact Stephanie Blaine at (703) 683-7742.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

Early voting begins at Truman College to elect new 46th Ward Alderman

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(A Message from Tom Sharpe, 46th Ward Democratic Committeeman)


I wanted to make sure you knew that you could vote early for 46th Ward Alderman any day except Sunday between now and March 31st.  The 46th ward’s early voting location is Truman College at 1145 W. Wilson in Chicago — voting hours are 9 AM to 5 PM. Please bring a government issued photo ID with you to vote early.

As we prepare to elect a new Alderman, the stakes have never been higher for the 46th ward.  James Cappleman is the only progressive candidate in this race and the clear choice to fight crime and create businesses and jobs.

James was recently endorsed by IVI-IPO, one of Illinois’ largest and most respected clean government groups, Equality Illinois PAC, an organization championing equal rights for LGBT residents, and the Chicago Teachers Union, representing our city’s educators.  He also received a stirring endorsement from the Chicago Sun-Times:

“In the runoff, we’re backing James Cappleman, a former teacher and social worker with deep roots in this fiercely independent ward. Cappleman has a broad and detailed vision for attracting businesses to the ward, fighting crime and giving residents a greater say in ward decisions. Cappleman and opponent Mary Anne “Molly” Phelan, a real estate and tax attorney, don’t differ significantly on the issues but do in experience…we prefer Cappleman because we believe he would be more independent. Cappleman already has many long-standing, constructive relationships in the ward and has displayed a willingness to reach out to those with whom he disagrees.”

James also has the endorsements of the 46th Ward Democrats, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Heather Steans and other respected Democratic leaders.

As a testament to the fact that James can build bridges with many communities, a number of James’ former competitors from the first round of voting are hosting a fundraiser for him on Sunday:

You’re Invited To A Unity Fundraiser For James Cappleman
When:  Sunday, March 20, 2011
Where: Holiday Club, 4000 North Sheridan Road
: 6:30 PM
Suggested Contribution: $50

The Unity Fundraiser is being hosted by former aldermanic candidates Scott Baskin, Emily Stewart, Andy Lam, Befekadu Retta, Caitlin McIntyre and Diane Shapiro. 

The Host Committee has pledged to match dollar for dollar the first $1250 raised to support James Cappleman in his bid to become the next Alderman of the 46th Ward. 

Come out and learn why James has garnered the respect and support of so many former aldermanic candidates.

To learn more about James, visit www.JamesForChange.com, call 312-725-8683, or e-mail Info@JamesForChange.com

Thank you for your time – and please remember to vote early!

Kirk, Rubio ask President Obama to expand free trade in Western hemisphere

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Approve Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements


Washington, D.C. – As President Obama embarks on a trip to Latin America, United States Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), along with 5 other Senate colleagues, are requesting the President submit to Congress for approval the Colombia and Panama Free Trade Agreements and to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) with willing partners to open additional export markets for the United States.

“By opening up a bold trade agenda encompassing the Western Hemisphere, you will create opportunities for higher incomes in the U.S. and foreign policy stability and growth in our own hemisphere, the Senators wrote. “In these times of international instability, our mission and this free trade initiative would go a long way towards ensuring peace and economic growth in our region of the planet.”

Illinois exported a total of $8.98 billion in products to Mexico and Latin American countries in 2010. The Top 10 export categories are:

1. Machinery, Except Electrical ($2,942,618,350)
2. Chemicals ($1,051,024,531)
3. Transportation Equipment ($1,023,099,182)
4. Computer And Electronic Products ($864,510,643)
5. Electrical Equipment, Appliances, And Component ($561,349,712)
6. Food And Kindred Products ($500,157,000)
7. Fabricated Metal Products, Nesoi ($456,981,444)
8. Plastics And Rubber Products ($311,959,693)
9. Miscellaneous Manufactured Commodities ($257,790,501)
10. Paper ($249,140,214)

Florida had $24.759 billion in exports to Mexico and Latin American countries in 2010. The top ten export categories are:

1. Computer And Electronic Products ($9,544,014,239)
2. Machinery, Except Electrical ($3,214,235,843)
3. Transportation Equipment ($3,181,928,778)
4. Chemicals ($2,462,367,690)
5. Miscellaneous Manufactured Commodities ($1,461,122,184)
6. Electrical Equipment, Appliances, And Component ($1,033,753,589)
7. Fabricated Metal Products, Nesoi ($594,475,258)
8. Paper ($477,721,704)
9. FoodAnd Kindred Products ($433,191,850)
10. Plastics And Rubber Products ($425,673,532)

Text of letter below:

March 17, 2011

The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear Mr. President:

On the eve of your mission to Latin America, we ask you to prioritize the Western Hemisphere in our trade policy.

Specifically, we urge you to immediately submit both the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements to Congress, so that they can achieve Congressional approval and we can begin to reap the benefits of these important agreements. We believe these agreements are an important and necessary first step towards a broader trade policy.

We urge you to then engage willing partners in the hemisphere to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) to open additional export markets for the United States.

As you know, the United States established a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico in 1994. At the time, this agreement unified the largest trading market in the world, now encompassing a GDP of around $17 trillion.

The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA) was first proposed under President Clinton in 1994 and would open markets in 34 countries.

Mr. President, we look forward to working with you on this issue. By opening up a bold trade agenda encompassing theWestern Hemisphere, you will create opportunities for higher incomes in theU.S. and foreign policy stability and growth in our own hemisphere. In these times of international instability, our mission and this free trade initiative would go a long way towards ensuring peace and economic growth in our region of the planet.

Very truly yours,

Mark Kirk                               Marco Rubio
United States Senator        United States Senator                 Roy Blunt
United States Senator        United States Senator

Lamar Alexander

Charles E. Grassley            Mike Johanns
United States Senator         United States Senator

Ronald H. Johnson
United States Senator

Peace Groups to protest on 8th Anniversary of Iraq War and Occupation

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(From the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism)
Speakers to include military vet who served in unit of former football star and friendly fire victim Pat Tillman. 
Chicago, IL – Local peace activists will rally and march on Saturday from the corner of Congress and Michigan Ave, beginning at noon on Saturday, March 19, to mark another grim anniversary of the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. They have renamed the assembly area for the rally “Liberation Square“, in honor of the Egyptian democracy movement, which with a similar movement in Tunisia has sparked a vast movement for democracy across the Middle East.
Last month, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said the U.S. military occupation would NOT end in 2011, as originally promised to Iraqi officials. The U.S. spends hundreds of millions of dollars each day to bankroll its military endeavors, including the war in Iraq, where 50,000 U.S. troops remain stationed in a nation still deeply marred by the human and fiscal costs of the war. Thousands of US troops have been killed in the war and occupation, and the death toll among Iraqis, while disputed, is in the hundreds of thousands. Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been injured in the last eight years, and Iraqis deal daily with the consequences, ranging from rolling blackouts to sweeping unemployment and widespread poverty. The cost to the U.S. economy has been estimated to be as high as three trillion dollars, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, writing in the Washington Post in 2008.
Protesters argue that Illinois’ budget deficit could be offset in a matter of weeks with what the U.S. government spends on wars in countries that include Iraq and Afghanistan, besides ending bitterly resented occupations that have created severe hardship for the peoples of the region.
Speakers at Saturday’s rally will include a military veteran who served in the Afghanistan-based Army unit of former football star and soldier Pat Tillman, who was killed by ‘friendly fire’ in 2004. Other speakers will include public workers from Wisconsin and Illinois, whose salaries and benefits been hammered by state governments that claim deficits force massive cutbacks.

More than 70 local peace, faith-based and community organizations have endorsed Saturday’s protest, being organized by the coalition project the March 19 Coalition. The protesters are demanding an immediate end to the U.S. war and occupation, including both by U.S. military forces and U.S.-bankrolled contractors, and for funding to be redirected to desperately needed services at home, including jobs, education, and health care. They are also demanding a wholesale U.S. exit from bankrolling occupations and meddling in the affairs of Palestine, Afghanistan and the larger Middle East, an end to FBI raids and political repression of peace and justice activists in the U.S., and an end to corporate welfare at home.

TimeLine Theatre Company presents The Chicago Classic The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur, April 12-June 12, 2011

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Chicago, IL – TimeLine Theatre Company presents The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, April 16 – June 12, 2011 (previews April 12 through April 15) at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. Press Opening performances are Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

In this landmark comedy set inside the crowded pressroom at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building during the 1920s, a group of reporters covers a controversial execution and exposes the rampant corruption, scandal and hi-jinx associated with Windy City politics and journalism. In reviving this quintessential Chicago classic, TimeLine will highlight the wealth of local history embedded in Hecht and MacArthur’s semi-autobiographical script and bring to life the toughness and grittiness inherent in its tale of rough-and-tumble reporters and politicians jockeying for control of a story and the city.

“I am so excited to be bringing The Front Page to TimeLine’s stage, a play we have been talking about for a long time,” said TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers. “It’s a treasure trove of Chicago history with extraordinary — and often hilarious — insight into the political and media machines of 1920s Chicago.”

“This play has characters who are beautiful and ugly at the same time,” said director Nick Bowling. “The beauty comes through in the ways that they love their jobs and the ugliness sometimes in the ways that they do their jobs. This production goes back to the original text of the script so it can live in the real and sometimes dark place that Hecht and MacArthur wanted to expose when they wrote it.”

The 18-member cast of The Front Page features TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers as Hildy Johnson and TimeLine Associate Artist Terry Hamilton as Walter Burns, with Bill McGough, Rob Riley, Larry Baldacci, Don Blair, Angela Bullard, Malcolm Callan, Rob Fagin, Alex Goodrich, John Gray, Michael Kingston, Laurie Larson, Loren Lazerine, Mike McNamara, Mechelle Moe, Bridgette Pechman Clarno and Mark Richard.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x6 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.


The Front Page is supported in part by The Pauls Foundation.

Performance Schedule/Events

Preview performances of The Front Page are Tuesday, April 12 through Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. The play opens on Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. and then runs Wednesdays (5/25, 6/1 and 6/8 only) and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 12, 2011. Note that the performance on Thursday, April 21 will start at 8:30 p.m.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Free post-show discussions led by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Thursdays, April 21, 28, and May 5, 12, 19; Sundays, April 24 and May 8 and 15; and Wednesday, May 25.

SUNDAY SCHOLARS SERIES: A free hour-long post-show panel discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, May 1.

DISCUSSION WITH TIMELINE COMPANY MEMBERS: Free post-show discussion with TimeLine Company members on Sunday, May 22.

Buying Tickets

Tickets are $28 (Wednesday – Friday) or $38 (Saturday & Sunday). Preview tickets are $18. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.


TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby. TimeLine offers parking for $8 with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. There is also limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit timelinetheatre.com for complete directions and parking information. There are two flights of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and the theater space, with no elevator.

Production Staff

The production staff for The Front Page includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Lindsey Pate (Costume Design), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Design), Andrew Hansen (Sound Design), Julia Eberhardt (Properties Design), Aaron Carter (Dramaturg), Ana Espinosa (Stage Manager), Brittainy Barattia (Production Assistant), John Kearns (Productions Manager), Bridget Dehl (Assistant Director), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Designer), Caleb McAndrew (Technical Director) and Mac Vaughey (Master Electrician).


Ben Hecht (Playwright) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright and novelist who during his prolific career is credited with writing more than 70 films, 35 books and numerous other works. Called “one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures,” Hecht was the first to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for Underworld in 1927. Films that he wrote or worked on include many of the great classics, including Scarface, Twentieth Century, Stagecoach, Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, His Girl Friday, Notorious, Angels Over Broadway and Mutiny on the Bounty, among others. He began his career as a journalist in Chicago, writing for the Chicago Journal and later the Chicago Daily News. It was from these early experiences that Hecht drew inspiration for The Front Page. Other works include the books 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, Erik Dorn and his autobiography A Child of the Century. Hecht died in 1964, at the age of 70.

Charles MacArthur (Playwright) was an American playwright and screenwriter best known for his collaboration with Ben Hecht on plays such as Ladies and Gentlemen, Twentieth Century and The Front Page. Like Hecht, he spent part of his career as a journalist, including at the City News Bureau of Chicago. With Edward Sheldon, he also co-wrote the play Lulu Belle. His credits as a screenwriter include Wuthering Heights, Gunga Din, Angels with Dirty Faces and Barbary Coast, among others. MacArthur was married to the stage and screen actress Helen Hayes from 1928 until his death in 1956.

Nick Bowling (Director) was the founding Artistic Director and is now a Company member and Associate Artistic Director of TimeLine Theatre. He is the recipient of an Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Direction (The History Boys at TimeLine) and four Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Direction (Fiorello!, This Happy Breed and The Crucible at TimeLine, Another Part of the Forest at Eclipse Theatre) and also received Jeff Award nominations for The Farnsworth Invention, Hauptmann and The Lion in Winter at TimeLine and for Closer Than Ever at Porchlight Music Theatre. Recent credits at TimeLine include In Darfur, The Farnsworth Invention, When She Danced, Not Enough Air, and Fiorello! Other Chicago credits include Writers’ Theatre’s Bach at Leipzig, Shattered Globe Theatre’s Time of the Cuckoo and Frozen Assets and Rivendell Theatre’s Factory Girls, among others.

About TimeLine Theatre Company

Founded in April 1997, TimeLine Theatre Company’s mission is to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. During its first 13 seasons, TimeLine has presented 45 productions, including seven world premieres and 13 Chicago premieres. Recipient of the 2006 Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the 2009 Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 43 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production eight times.

TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers and Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman. Company members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, David Parkes, PJ Powers and Benjamin Thiem. TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.

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