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IMF rape case: Victim-Bashing run amok

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on IMF rape case: Victim-Bashing run amok

(From New America Media)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn loudly declared that he did not rape a maid in his hotel room during his stay in New York. Strauss-Kahn is certainly entitled to proclaim his innocence, and under the law he is just that: Innocent until proven guilty. But the same can’t be said for his alleged victim, who has been tried, convicted, sentenced, and pilloried relentlessly in the press and on the web since the moment her accusations went public.

There’s no mystery why. From the beginning, there were four things that made the accuser ripe for the race baiting and victim bashing now being carried out by the media, French officials, some African writers and the general public: First, she is a low-wage domestic worker. Second, she is a West African immigrant, whose legal status has been subject to question. Third, she allegedly resided in a Bronx apartment building that caters exclusively to the HIV/AIDS afflicted, inferring that she too is HIV positive. Fourth, and most importantly, she is a black woman.

Strauss-Kahn, however, is rich, powerful, politically connected at the highest levels and popular with the French public. His defenders have blithely ignored his checkered history of sexual bad behavior and have dug deep into the apologist bin to claim that he is the victim of an anti-Semitic conspiracy involving everyone from French President Nicolas Sarkozy to unnamed political enemies. Their motive, supposedly, is to derail his bid to become president of France, a post for which he is widely regarded a front-runner. And the conspiracy theory has legs: A recent poll cited by the French public radio service RFI found that nearly 60 percent of those surveyed believe Strauss-Kahn was “set up.”

From a purely legal standpoint, none of these things have any relevance to the actual charge of rape. Either Strauss-Kahn did or didn’t commit the act. But it’s never that simple. Race was bound to cast a long shadow over the accusation — even if Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim had none of the aforementioned strikes against her, and even if Strauss-Kahn was not a rich, politically powerful figure with a history of sexual improprieties.

Women’s groups have waged a relentless and often times frustrating fight to get police, prosecutors, courts and the media to treat rape as a serious crime, especially in scenarios where the victims are poor, black or minority women and the alleged attackers are white males. They have endured a long history of gender and race stereotypes that depict black women as sexually loose, available, and crime prone. In decades past, that stereotype made police hesitant to make arrests and prosecutors reluctant to vigorously prosecute rape cases when the victims were black women. This put women, particularly black women, at greater risk of sexual attack, and virtually assured that authorities would turn a blind eye to the perpetrators.

Strauss-Kahn, in the not-too-distant past, likely would have benefited from the official blind-eye to a rape charge filed by a black woman. If arrested, he would have quickly posted bail and winged his way back to France. His accuser would have been painted as a gold-digging liar of tainted character. Race would have lurked beneath the character assassination and would have been used in order to make the slur against her believable.

This is exactly what’s being done now, even though authorities slapped Strauss-Kahn in a jail cell and initially denied him bail. The battle lines over whether he is truly a sexual predator or an innocent victim of a money scam, a set-up, or a politically motivated attack will heat up in the coming days if and when the name and picture of Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim is “leaked.” It will be plastered over blogs and websites and the rumor mill will churn overtime, feeding on every tidbit of gossip, allegation, and distorted fact about the alleged victim. She will be retried and re-convicted again in the press. The image assault will be dutifully punctuated with a choice quote from Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys that he is a victim and a target, and that it’s incredulous that a man of his name and prestige, with so much to lose, would stoop to have sex with a maid, and — unstated but strongly inferred — a black maid at that.

The case and the subsequent trial will continue to stir passions and resentments, and will be yet another object lesson that when the alleged victim is a black female and the accused attacker is a white male, politics, race and passion always collide. The lines will be deliberately blurred over the question of who is the real victim. In this case, for much of the public, it won’t be Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is host of the weekly Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour on KTYM Radio Los Angeles streamed on ktym.com podcast on blogtalkradio.com and internet TV broadcast onthehutchinsonreportnews.com
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With complaints up 33%, The Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be smart when selecting a moving company

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on With complaints up 33%, The Better Business Bureau urges consumers to be smart when selecting a moving company
CHICAGO, ILThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) suggests a few simple rules when selecting a mover will go a long way toward protecting yourself from being victimized by scammers this summer.

May is National Moving Month and the start of the busiest time of the year for changing residences. More than 37 million Americans-or about 13 percent-move to a different home every year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau.


“Moving can be an overwhelming and expensive process, but it’s important to not put your valuable belongings in the hands of a moving company you cannot trust,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “When it comes to such an important decision you can prevent being scammed by doing thorough research on moving companies, and selecting a BBB Accredited Businesses or a business that has a good rating with the BBB.”


In fact, complaints against Movers have been on the rise. The Chicago BBB has received 402 complaints in the past 12 months, compared to 301 for the previous 12 month period, or a 33% increase. In addition, inquiries about Movers are up with 54,608 in the last 12 months, compared to 39,508 for the previous 12 months, or an increase of 38%. These complaints were primarily about damaged or lost goods and final prices in excess of original estimates.


“Because anyone with a truck and a website can claim to be a mover, our industry is plagued by con artists who don’t adhere for honesty and ethical conduct,” said American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr. “When it comes to such an important decision, you can prevent a lot of headaches by checking on a company in advance to identify which put customer service and integrity first.”


The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and northern Illinois suggests the following for choosing a reliable moving company:


  • Research the company thoroughly. Check the company’s rating with your BBB, which maintains more than 17,000 Business Reviews on movers across North America.
  • Get at least three written in-home estimates. No legitimate mover will offer to give you a firm price online or over the phone. Also keep in mind that the lowest estimate can sometimes be an unrealistic low-ball offer which can cost you more in the end.
  • Know your rights. Research your rights as a consumer with either FMCSA for interstate moves or the state in which you reside for moves within that state. Also, enlist the help of BBB or local law enforcement if the moving company fails to live up to its promises or threatens to hold your belongings hostage.
  • Consider getting full value protection. It may cost a few dollars more up front, but it can provide some peace of mind and eliminate a headache after your move. Investing in full (replacement) value protection means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made to repair the item or to replace it at its current market value, regardless of age. It’s important to note that the required minimum coverage of 60 cents per pound would not cover the replacement cost, for example, of a flat panel TV if damaged in transit.  

Award-Winning Give God The Glory! Series of books & devotionals celebrates 10 years!

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Award-Winning Give God The Glory! Series of books & devotionals celebrates 10 years!


Best-selling Christian author, Kevin Wayne Johnson


Clarksville, Maryland (BlackNews.com) — The Give God the Glory! nine-book series by multiple-award winning and best-selling Christian author, Kevin Wayne Johnson, continues to expand around the world. This month, the book series publisher – Writing for the Lord Ministries – officially celebrates ten years of publishing excellence. Its founder, chief visionary, and author, Pastor Johnson, continues to enthusiastically embrace God’s Word, not only for his life, but presents it in such a way that it is easy to grasp, encouraging his global readers to apply the principles therein for a more victorious Christian life. With current translations in FALAM, NGAWN, BURMESE, and URDA, as well as other languages under consideration, this series of books has also earned 17 literary/media awards, and counting!

In celebration of the milestone ten year anniversary, this series of books and devotionals will be featured prominently at three key events this spring/summer: (1) Book Expo America 2011, Javits Center, New York, New York, May 23-26, [BEA Author’s Studio Podcast, New Title Showcase, African-American Pavilion – Booth #4869], (2) 97th Annual Hampton Minister’s Conference, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, June 7-8 [UMI Bookstore signing – 2 days], and (3) International Christian Retail Show, Georgia World Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, July 10-12 [Christian Small Publishers Association catalogue, STL Distribution of North America booksigning – Booth #1183, International Rights Center representing by the Bluth Agency, and Christian African-American Book Sellers Association booth display]. At each these key events, and others, Pastor Johnson’s book series will minister to book buyers and readers in the five (5) primary areas of life: Through personal relationships; In the workplace; In the family; In the Local Church; and While at rest and relaxation. All books in the series are available in print, Amazon.com (The Kindle), Print-on-Demand (P-O-D), and electronic book (e-book) formats.

Johnson’s ministry, Writing for the Lord Ministries, www.writingforthelord.org / www.writingforthelord.com, includes the series Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals, speaking at multiple venues, teaching God’s Word, serving as faculty at numerous writer’s conferences and serving as a contributor author to several books, articles and devotionals. Here is what others are saying about the current book series:

“This is a true act of love and service that is consistently exemplified throughout this excellent and highly recommended book.” — Kap Khen Thang, World Theological College, Yangoo Myanmar (Burma)

“A must-read for all who sincerely desire to Give God the Glory while understanding the role of the local church in that regard.” — Willie Jolley, Best-Selling Author of “A Setback is a Setup for a Comeback.”

“Kevin Wayne Johnson has delivered a much needed and important look at this compelling issue. Bravo Kevin!” — Marilyn White, Publisher and CEO, Precious Times Magazine
About the Founder, Chief Visionary & Author
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Johnson currently lives in Clarksville, Maryland, with his wife and three teenage sons. He founded Writing for the Lord Ministries in 2000 and is the author of the nine-book series – Give God the Glory! – winner of 17 literary /media awards, including 2010 International Best Books Awards Finalist, 2009 National Best Books Award Finalist, and 2006 & 2007 Christian Publisher of the Year, Book Expo America, African-American Pavilion. Johnson’s radio and television show – Give God the Glory! – has aired on VoiceAmerica.com and BlackTVOnLine.com, respectively, from 2004 to 2007, reaching a global audience. When he is not writing, Johnson and his family are active members of CELEBRATION CHURCH @ Columbia (Maryland), where he serves as Pastor of Discipleship and on the Purpose Management Team. Johnson also serves as Secretary, National Association of the Church of God (Anderson, IN) Men’s Ministry and as adjunct professor at the National Bible College and Seminary World Outreach Center, Fort Washington, Maryland. He attests everyday that God uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things!

The Give God the Glory! series of books and devotionals are distributed globally through 13 strategic distribution partners in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Australia, including STL Distribution of North America – www.stl-distribution.com, INGRAM, Lushena Books – www.lushenabks.com, New Salt Distributors, and Black Christian Book Distributors, LLC – www.BlackCBC.com. Selected books in the series are available in URDA, FALAM, NGAWN, BURMESE, and RUSSIAN (under consideration).

Black churches to rally against prostrate cancer on Father’s Day

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Black churches to rally against prostrate cancer on Father’s Day


This Father’s Day, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) kicks off “Rally Against Prostate Cancer” in hundreds of black churches across the country 


On June 19th, Churches to Host Prayer Services for Prostate Cancer Survivors and Families

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — This Father’s Day, June 19th, The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), announced that it will lead its “Third Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer,” in partnership with Black churches across the country. This year’s Rally theme is Joining Hands in Prayer and Action to Save Lives, which serves to increase knowledge and awareness about this country’s African American prostate cancer crisis.

Statistics show that Black men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at a rate 60% higher than white men and suffer a mortality rate that is 140% higher – the largest racial disparity for any type of major cancer. The Rally will take place within each church across the country; congregations will recognize prostate cancer survivors and their families, in addition to the loved ones of those men who have died from the disease. The churches will offer a special prayer of love and healing to all whose lives have been impacted by prostate cancer.

“There is a critical lack of knowledge about prostate cancer in Black America that is needlessly causing deaths and suffering, which must be changed,” said Thomas A. Farrington, president and founder, PHEN. “By hosting the rally during Father’s Day Church services, we are creating a highly visible and effective joint effort across Black communities, which is a powerful step forward,” says Farrington, who is also a prostate cancer survivor.

This year’s PHEN Rally partners include the Large Urology Practices Association (LUGPA), the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), and the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC). “CNBC will work with PHEN to engage each of the nine denominations that comprise our organization to bring the Father’s Day Rally to churches within our communities across the country. We will also encourage churches to stay involved with PHEN in its prostate cancer education and advocacy efforts until the uneven toll that this disease is taking on Black men is eliminated,” says Reverend Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, CNBC Board Chairman and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY.

To Watch a Video of the 2010 GRACE Baptist Church Rally Service, visit:

NBCSL President, Representative Barbara W. Ballard (KS), stated, “The prostate cancer racial disparity is one of the most glaring disparities, one that is often preventable, and, therefore, one we must aggressively address as policymakers and as community leaders. We are pleased to stand with PHEN in support of our constituents that are suffering from this terrible disease. By working together and supporting one another – we can overcome prostate cancer.”

“LUGPA and its member practices are fully committed to working with PHEN and the National Council of Black Churches in support of the Father’s Day Rally,” says Raoul S. Concepcion, M.D., President, LUGPA.

Churches can register to participate in the 2011 “Father’s Day Rally” and find additional information at www.rapcancer.org.
About the Rally Against Prostate Cancer:
African American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at a rate 60% higher and have a death rate 150% higher than all other men. This is the largest racial disparity for any type of cancer. The Father’s Day Rally is a part of PHEN’s RAP Cancer initiative, which was launched in 2008. RAP Cancer mobilizes prostate cancer survivors with the resources to help others, and outreaches through PHEN online television programming, community television stations, radio and internet broadcasts. This broad “grassroots” effort reaches men and their families with education and awareness information and support with the understanding that knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer. PHEN is a 501c3 organization founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington a prostate cancer survivor and author of the books Battling the Killer Within and Battling the Killer Within and Winning.

New book series explores the contributions of Black soldiers in World War II

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on New book series explores the contributions of Black soldiers in World War II

Novelist Lewis Kelley

Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) — In his newly released Auslander series, Lewis Kelley’s, Foreign Son, and its sequel, Flight, explores the contributions of black soldiers to the forefront. Vince LaSalle is a hero for the ages. The honorable and determined soldier’s exploits during the segregated days of World War II, together with his fiancée, Vierna, drives the contributions of African Americans to the vanguard of the reader’s consciousness, while revealing a complex world of espionage, betrayal, and common humanity amongst the diverse characters.

Books2Mention magazine had this to say about Foreign Son when it was first released as Auslander. “This riveting novel, by Lewis Kelley, is an action packed read that will have you hanging on every word…”

The New Critic, Hampton, Virginia wrote. “This book hits a home run…It’s almost like “Saving Private Ryan” meets “A Soldier’s Story.”

Simeon’s Promise – falsely accused of a brutal rape by the mentally disturbed Nadine porter while in college, Simeon Carver emerges from Leavenworth Penitentiary after fourteen years, straight into the company of the Caucasian daughter of the current Secretary of State. A promise to his newly deceased parents mandates that he forgive Nadine and learn to love her like a sister. The improbable reconciliation takes an unforeseen twist when Nadine disappears shortly after Simeon’s release. Now it is left to Simeon and a cast of others to find her before it is too late.

Consider Job – His family torn from him, his body, and soul broken, Damion Garner experiences hell on earth. When the devout husband is tested by the Devil with God’s permission; the modern man of faith discovers himself alone in his misery. Reviled by a once loving wife and an indifferent world, Damion has no idea what has happened to him. He knows only that like the biblical Job, he is at the mercy of powers beyond his control. Will his restoration be as miraculous?

Lewis Kelly is a United States Army veteran and current Firefighter. He is also a former collegiate football player, track athlete, and longtime coach. He lives in Denver Colorado. More about Lewis Kelley and his novels can be found at www.lewiskelley.net.

Illinois students help spread Digital safety message

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois students help spread Digital safety message


Attorney General Madigan, Lt. Governor Simon and State Superintendent Koch name best poster and electronic projects promoting online safety


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), along with the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Friday recognized the student winners of the second statewide Illinois Youth Digital Safety Contest to raise awareness about making careful and respectful choices through digital communications. Students in grades fourth through 12th were encouraged to submit either a poster or electronic project addressing digital safety.

“This contest and these creative winning entries help guide an important conversation about making smart choices as students work with digital communication tools,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Students need to be able to interact and navigate as safely and wisely online as anywhere else.”

Sixteen students who earned first place in the contest, sponsored by ISBE, the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Lieutenant Governor, were recognized during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Governor’s mansion. The contest follows a law that took effect in January 2009 requiring school districts to incorporate Internet safety into the curriculum at least once each school year beginning in grade 3.

This year students were encouraged to address “Digital Citizenship” defined as someone with the ability to think critically about the ethical opportunities and challenges of the “digital world.”

“The Internet is a powerful research and communication tool, but we must caution our children of the dangers they might encounter while online,’’ said Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. “I congratulate the winners of the Digital Safety Contest and encourage them to continue discussing the harmful effects of cyber bullying and harassment with friends and family so we can all stay safe while using the Internet.”

Under state law each local school district determines how to include lessons into the classroom but some recommended topics include the safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, bulletin boards and other means of communication on the Internet. It is also recommended that instruction includes information on recognizing, avoiding and reporting online solicitation by sexual predators, recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyberbullying and knowing the risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.

Attorney General Madigan’s Office has created age-specific Internet Safety Training Modules for educators that meet state law requirements. The Attorney General’s Internet Safety Training Modules can be found on her website at www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or on ISBE’s website at www.isbe.net. 

Attorney General Madigan’s Office has provided Internet safety training and education to more than 164,000 parents, teachers, and students, and nearly 12,900 law enforcement officers since 2006. Madigan also hosts a website to help children, teens, parents and educators learn about the dangers of cyberbullying. The “Stop Cyberbullying” website (www.ebully411.com) includes the latest news and statistics, frequently asked questions and a quiz to test online users’ knowledge about cyberbullying. It also features an E-Info Hotline to assist victims and teach bullies to understand the impact of their actions. More information is available by calling the Hotline at 1-888-414-7678 or by e-mailing e-info@atg.state.il.us.

“While technology creates opportunities, it also creates risks,” said Attorney General Madigan. “This Digital Safety contest provides a creative way for getting students thinking and talking about being safe and civil in the cyber world and how to respond to negative behavior. Congratulations to the winners and to all those who participated for using their talents to communicate the importance of Internet safety.”   

Winners of the Internet Safety contest were judged by staff from the three agencies as well directors from Illinois Learning Technology Centers. The winners are:

  Grades 4 – 6 – Podcast
First Place Abigail Regalado and Stephanie Castaneda, Falconer Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Second Place Lizbeth Romero and Stephanie Mariona, Falconer Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Second Place Adriana Desantiago and Jessica Bonilla, Falconer Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Fourth Place Moises Colon and Xavier Soto, Falconer Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Grades 4-6 – Poster  
First Place Sophia D’Amico, Elizabeth Moore and Katie Storch, H.C. Storm Elementary, Batavia Unit School District, Batavia  
Grades 4-6 – Slideshow  
First Place Kelly Liang, Erin Gray and Mary Claire Smith, H.C. Storm Elementary, Batavia Unit School District, Batavia  
Second Place Dejan Kloth, Clay Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Third Place Omar Sanchez, Clay Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Grades 4-6 – Video  
First Place Bethany Baudhuin and Carly Sattler, Gower Middle School, Gower School District 62, Willowbrook  
Second Place Patrick Callahan, Adam Cerny and Aaron Fuller, The Lane School, Community Consolidated School District 181, Burr Ridge  
Grades 7-8 – Slideshow  
First Place Tierra Jones, Clay Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Second Place Ashley Metz, Clay Elementary School, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Grades 7-8 – Video  
First Place Hannah Ciesil, Edgebrook Elementary, City of Chicago Schools 299, Chicago  
Second Place Ashley Myers, Brittany Myers and Jackie Baskett, Columbia Middle School, Columbia Community Unit School District 4, Columbia  
Grades 9-12 – Poster  
First Place Krista Toms, Richmond-Burton Community High School 157, Richmond  
Second Place Kelly Kennedy and Nora O’Malley, Queen of Peace High School, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago  
Third Place Ryan Triplett, Thornwood High School, Thornton Township High School 205, South Holland  
Grades 9-12 – Video  
First Place Joseph Firestine, Austin Howell and Sharon Kelley, Belleville East High School, Belleville THSD 201, Bellville  
Second Place Jordan Pugh, Gerald Ocampo, Jimmy Wells and Stefan Menchaca, Belleville East High School, Belleville THSD 201, Bellville  

Active Transportation Alliance and Bike Winter team up to raise money for efforts to promote year-round cycling!

Posted by Admin On May - 23 - 2011 Comments Off on Active Transportation Alliance and Bike Winter team up to raise money for efforts to promote year-round cycling!

 (From The Active Transportation Alliance)


Winter held its grip to the bitter end this year, with a cold, wet April justifying why we have six months of efforts to equip and encourage cyclists to stay in the saddle when the temperature, rain and snow start to fall.

Through workshops, events, stickers and gear giveaways, Bike Winter helped thousands of people discover that every day can be a great day to ride a bike.

“Once I realized my bicycle could be a reliable form of transportation year round, I decided to sell my car,” explains Julie Hochstadter, one of this year’s Bike Winter co-chairs and also a real estate agent who rides to showings in business attire.

While many enjoyed late-night “snow rides” and the temporary traffic calming effects of the “Snowpocalypse,” Chicago knows how to get back to business quickly.

“Bike Winter helped me realize that if the roads were clear enough for me to drive, they were definitely clear enough for me to bike,” said Holly Rhode, a blogger on the Bike Winter website: www.bikewinter.org.

One of the highlights of the season was the Chicago Cycle Swap, co-organized by the Active Transportation Alliance and Bike Winter.  It brought together more than 50 bike shops, merchants, nonprofits and individuals offering great deals, demos and presentations on topics ranging from the proposed velodrome on the south side of Chicago to using a car minimally as a family.

The event raised $1,000 for Bike Winter, which will be used for future events and promotion efforts.

“It was great to see so many people come out in the middle of winter to shop and learn about bikes and the community,” said Hochstadter. “And we are very grateful for the partnership with Active Trans. Bike Winter is run entirely by volunteers, so the extra funds will go a long way to keeping our momentum going.”

Lowell Nelson, another Bike Winter co-chair, adds, “Bike Winter took volunteering to new levels this year; we didn’t just encourage biking, we encouraged volunteerism on behalf of other groups. We did a pledge night for WTTW and distributed food to those in need with the Night Ministry on one of the coldest nights of the year.”

While many Chicagoans feel like they are just emerging from hibernation, the Bike Winter effort keeps cyclists in high gear year round.

Bike Winter is an all-volunteer, grassroots project that began in Chicago in 1999, and has since spread to other cities and towns that boast proper seasons. We are bicycle commuters, weekend warriors and anti-car activists united in a shared belief that every day is a great day to ride a bike. Dozens of volunteers organize events and promote Bike Winter. In the last ten years, between the website and our events, we have converted thousands of “fair weather” riders to Bike Winter veterans.  For more information please contact us at chair@bikewinter.org.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

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