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Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future – The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction

Posted by Admin On September - 19 - 2011 1 COMMENT

President Barack Obama outlines plan:

Overview:

 

The health of our economy depends on what we do right now to create the conditions where businesses can hire and middle-class families can feel a basic measure of economic security. In the long run, our prosperity also depends on our ability to pay down the massive debt the federal government has accumulated over the past decade. Today, the President sent to the Joint Committee his plan to jumpstart economic growth and job creation now – and to lay the foundation for it continue for years to come.

The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction lives up to a simple idea: as a Nation, we can live within our means while still making the investments we need to prosper – from a jobs bill that is needed right now to long-term investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure. It follows a balanced approach: asking everyone to do their part, so no one has to bear all the burden.  And it says that everyone – including millionaires and billionaires – has to pay their fair share. Overall, it pays for the President’s jobs bill and produces net savings of more than $3 trillion over the next decade, on top of the roughly $1 trillion in spending cuts that the President already signed into law in the Budget Control Act – for a total savings of more than $4 trillion over the next decade. This would bring the country to a place, by 2017, where current spending is no longer adding to our debt, debt is falling as a share of the economy, and deficits are at a sustainable level.

The American Jobs Act

  • Tax cuts to help businesses hire and grow
    • Cutting the payroll tax in half on the first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms with payroll below this threshold.
    • A complete payroll tax holiday for added workers or increased wages up to $50 million
    • Extending 100 percent expensing into 2012
    • Reforms and regulatory reductions to help entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital 
  • Putting workers back on the job while rebuilding and modernizing America
    • A “Returning Heroes” hiring tax credit for veterans
    • Preventing up to 280,000 teacher layoffs, while keeping cops and firefighters on the job
    • Immediate investments in infrastructure, school buildings, and neighborhoods as well as a bipartisan National Infrastructure Bank 
  • Pathways back to work for Americans looking for jobs
    • The most innovative reform to the unemployment insurance program in 40 years and extension of emergency unemployment insurance preventing  6 million Americans looking for work from losing benefits
    • A $4,000 tax credit to employers for hiring the long-term unemployed
    • Prohibiting employers from discriminating against unemployed workers when hiring
    • Expanding job opportunities for low-income youth and adults 
  • Tax relief for every American worker and family
    • Cutting payroll taxes in half for 160 million workers next year
    • Allowing more Americans to refinance their mortgages 
  • Fully paid for as part of the President’s long-term deficit reduction plan 

Paying for Our Investments and Reducing the Deficit

  • The plan produces approximately $4.4 trillion in deficit reduction net the cost of the American Jobs Act.
    • $1.2 trillion from the discretionary cuts enacted in the Budget Control Act.
    • $580 billion in cuts and reforms to a wide range of mandatory programs;
    • $1.1 trillion from the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan and transition from a military to a civilian-led mission in Iraq
    • $1.5 trillion from tax reform
    • $430 billion in additional interest savings
  • To spur economic growth and job creation, the plan includes one-time investment and relief in the American Jobs Act.  That adds to the deficit in 2012 but is fully paid for over 10 years, and deficit reduction phases in starting in 2013, as the economy grows stronger.
  • Deficit reduction is achieved in a balanced approach, with a spending cut to revenue ratio for the entire plan (including discretionary cuts) of 2 to 1.  

Deficits and Debt

  • The Joint Committee plan significantly reduces deficits and puts the country on a fiscally sustainable path by 2017.
    • The deficit is projected to fall to 2.3 percent of GDP in 2021. By comparison, if we did nothing, the deficit would be 5.5 percent of GDP in 2021.
    • Reaches “primary balance”– where our current spending is no longer adding to our debt — in 2017. At that point, current spending is no longer adding to our debt, debt is falling as a share of the economy, and deficits are at a sustainable level. 
  • The President’s plan would reduce the national debt as a share of economy.
    • Stable or falling debt as a share of the economy is a key metric of fiscal sustainability.
    • If we did nothing, the national debt would rise to 90.7 percent of GDP in 2021.  By contrast, under the President’s plan, the national debt would fall to 73.0 percent of GDP in 2021 — or an improvement of almost 18 percentage points. 

Health Savings

  • The plan includes $320 billion in health savings that build on the Affordable Care Act to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid by reducing wasteful spending and erroneous payments, and supporting reforms that boost the quality of care. It accomplishes this in a way that does not shift significant risks onto the individuals they serve; slash benefits; or undermine the fundamental compact they represent to our Nation’s seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families. 
  • The plan includes $248 billion in savings from Medicare.
    • Within this total, 90 percent of the savings, or $224 billion, comes from reducing overpayments in Medicare.
    • Any savings that affect beneficiaries do not begin until 2017.
    • The plan does not propose to change the eligibility age for Medicare benefits. 
  • Other health and Medicaid savings amount to $72 billion. 
  • Because of the structural nature of these reforms, health savings grow to over $1 trillion in the second decade. 
  • The President will veto any bill that takes one dime from the Medicare benefits seniors rely on without asking the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.

Other Mandatory

  • The plan includes $250 billion in savings from other mandatory programs. 
  • Included within these savings are:
    • $33 billion insavings from agriculture subsidies, payments, and programs
    • $42.5 billion in reforms to Federal employee benefit programs, including programs for civilian employees and military personnel.
    • $4.1 billion from the disposal of unused government assets.
    • $92.2 billion from restructuring government operations and reducing government liabilities.
    • $77.6 billion from improving Federal program management and reducing waste and abuse.

Revenues

  • The President calls on the Committee to undertake comprehensive tax reform, and lays out five principles for it to follow: 1) lower tax rates; 2) cut wasteful loopholes and tax breaks; 3) reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion; 4) boost job creation and growth; and 5) comport with the “Buffett Rule” that people making more than $1 million a year should not pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay.
    • Tax reform should draw on the specific proposals the President has put forward, together with elimination of additional inefficient tax breaks. If the Joint Committee is unable to undertake comprehensive tax reform, the President believes the discrete measures he has proposed should be enacted on a standalone basis. Their enactment as a standalone package still would significantly improve the country’s fiscal standing, represent an important step toward more fundamentally transforming our tax code, and serve as a strong foundation for economic growth and job creation. 
    • To advance this debate, the President is offering a detailed set of specific tax loophole closers and measures to broaden the tax base that, together with the expiration of the high-income tax cuts, would be more than sufficient to hit the $1.5 trillion target. These include:
      • Allowing the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for upper income earners to expire ($866 billion)
      • Limiting deductions and exclusions for those making more than $250,000 a year ($410 billion)
      • Closing loopholes and eliminating special interest tax breaks (approximately $300 billion)

Gridlock in Congress enables continuation of racially and economically biased education initiatives

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By Kirk Clay 

 

Washington, DC – This week the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held yet another hearing about the No Child Left Behind Act. As Congress continues their never-ending debate about the perils of NCLB, two education initiatives that disproportionately and negatively impact the poor and people of color are about to be overlooked again. Due to an uncompromising Congress, the Government is being forced to allow these destructive initiatives to endure.

 

As it becomes clear that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind), will not be reauthorized by Congress any time soon, the Government is compelled to allow states to waive some of its provisions. The Government is planning to issue waivers for states that agree to continue these initiatives.

 

The two initiatives are: 1.) using student test scores to make decisions about teachers and 2.) using specific approaches to turn around low-performing schools. Both initiatives compound racial and economic injustice in the school system, harming all students, but especially students of color, immigrant students, and students from impoverished communities living in poverty.

 

The Harms of High-Stakes Testing

Using tests to make high-stakes decisions about schools and students has been the hallmark of the U.S. school system since ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002.  The law uses math and English language arts test score results as the main way to measure how schools are doing and to make decisions about them. The National Research Council recently completed a review of 20 years of test-based accountability, and found that this approach has little or no effect on student learning.

 

The pressures on schools to do well on math and English language arts tests has pushed them to neglect other subjects such as science, social studies, the arts, and physical education. The recent spate of scandals about school districts teaching on tests-Washington, DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and others-underlines the bad choices schools are making under the current system.

 

High-Stakes Testing on Steroids-Using Tests to Make Decisions About Teachers

The Government has aggressively promoted the use of student test score gains as the major component for making decisions about teachers-for evaluating them, giving them tenure, deciding how much to pay them, and making decisions about retention and dismissal.

 

When each teacher feels his or her job is on the line, the negative effects of test score pressure multiply.  The schools already suffer from an inequitable distribution of teachers with more affluent students disproportionately receiving better prepared and qualified teachers.

 

The Four Federal “Turnaround Models’ for Struggling Schools

 

There are four specific approaches to turning around the schools that are the lowest-performing.  We feel that these four models may not be grounded in strong evidence-based research and may have components that are ineffective.

 

 

Most of the lowest-performing schools in the country are also the schools that receive the least resources. Yet, none of the four models call for allocating more resources to our poorest schools.

 

What are these four models?

 

School Closure

1.  We should take closing a school very seriously because it can be disruptive to students and families. We have to identify the most effective way to close a school if it is necessary.

Charter Schools

2.  While there are a small number of excellent charter schools, research indicates that most charter schools preform the same as regular public schools. Also, some charter schools are selective about the students they enroll.

Replacing Staff

3 & 4. Of the remaining two models, one calls for replacing the principal, and one calls for replacing the principal and at least half of the staff.  This may result in a “blame the teacher” dynamic in the community and that would not be helpful.

 

The four turnaround models offer little evidence of payoff while increasing disruption and the potential for discrimination in the lives of students of color, English learners, and students living in poverty.

 

The Threat: This will continue to affect schools around the country

 

For a number of years, it has been clear that the current version of ESEA, No Child Left Behind, is a bad law. The law was up for reauthorization in 2007.  After repeated unsuccessful attempts at reauthorization, it now appears that it will not be reauthorized for a few more years. We believe that a successful public school system is essential to America’s future. Its importance is magnified in an economy still recovering from the Great Recession. We can only overcome the many barriers we face by working closely and collaboratively together. We should remain committed to working with the Department of Education, and welcome the opportunity to work together to identify solutions.

 

Kirk Clay is Senior Advisor at PowerPAC Foundation

Bipartisan Coalition urges President to launch a “Diplomatic Offensive” to stop Turkey’s movement towards confrontation with Israel

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Obama-Erdogan Summit Scheduled for Tuesday

Erdogan Actions Reverse 50 Years of Good Turkish-Israeli Relations

Washington, DC –  A bipartisan group of Senators joined in writing President Obama, before his scheduled meeting Tuesday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, to send a clear signal of opposition to recent Turkish policy.  The letter, cosigned by seven senators including Mark Kirk (R-IL), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA), cited, “concern regarding the Turkish Government’s recent foreign policy decisions that call into question its commitment to the NATO alliance, threaten regional stability and undermine U.S. interests.”

The letter details seven major policy decisions recently made by the Turkish Prime Minister that ended 50 years of good relations with Israel and set the two eastern Mediterranean nations on a path to a potential conflict.  The events cited include Turkish decisions that:

· Expelled the Israeli ambassador,

· Recalled its ambassador to Israel,

· Cancelled all bilateral defense ties,

· Cancelled NATO’s Anatolian Eagle air defense exercise (which Israel has participated in since 2001),

· Previously invited Syria to join military exercises,

· Invited Chinese military planes to replace U.S. and Israeli aircraft at exercises, and

· Banned Israeli aircraft from Turkish airspace.

Other press reports indicated that the Turkish air force may have recalibrated its Identify Friend or Foe (IFF) codes to regard Israeli aircraft as hostile while preparing naval frigates for action at sea.

The letter highlights the irony that on the day Turkey severed ties with Israel, it also agreed to locate a U.S. missile defense radar in Turkey.  News reports citiing unnamed Turkish officials suggest Turkey may not allow data collected by the radar to be shared with Israel.  While U.S. Administration officials deny such an agreement exists, the Administration has not provided any written assurances that the radar’s data will be shared with Israel in real-time.

A copy of the letter is below:

September 19, 2011

The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write with concern regarding the Turkish Government’s recent foreign policy decisions that call into question its commitment to the NATO alliance, threaten regional stability and undermine U.S. interests.

Prime Minister Erdogan recently moved away from standing with U.S. and NATO relationships and policies, now seeking to confront our allies in Israel while developing closer relations with Iran, and other anti-western proxies.

For decades, the Turkish-Israeli relationship served as a pillar of stability. In 1949, Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize the State of Israel and in 2000, became the first to sign a free trade agreement with Israel. The Turkish-Israeli partnership included everything from military cooperation to tourism, significantly strengthening U.S.-Turkish relations.

We watch with growing alarm as Prime Minister Erdogan hastily ended a half-century of Turkish-Israeli cooperation, moving to open confrontation with Israel. Recently, Turkey:

· Expelled the Israeli ambassador,

· Recalled its ambassador to Israel,

· Cancelled all bilateral defense ties,

· Cancelled NATO’s Anatolian Eagle air defense exercise (which Israel has participated in since 2001),

· Previously invited Syria to join military exercises,

· Invited Chinese military planes to replace U.S. and Israeli aircraft at exercises, and

· Banned Israeli aircraft from Turkish airspace.

In light of these developments, we ask you send a strong message to Turkey that United States is fully committed to the security of the State of Israel.

We understand that on September 2, 2011 — the same day that Turkey severed virtually all ties with Israel – Turkey also accepted the U.S. offer to host a key missile defense X-band radar (AN/TPY-2) as part of Phase I of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA). We further understand that senior Turkish officials demand that no data collected from any U.S. X-Band radar in Turkey be made available for the defense of Israel. We ask for your Administration’s written assurances that the data collected by any Turkish-based, U.S. X-Band radar would be shared in real-time with the State of Israel, a major non-NATO U.S. ally, in order to strengthen her defenses against a potential ballistic missile attack from Iran.

Mr. President, it appears that Turkey is shifting to a policy of confrontation, if not hostility, towards our allies in Israel and we urge you to mount a diplomatic offensive to reverse this course.

We ask you to outline Turkey’s eroding support in Congress with Prime Minister Erdogan at the earliest opportunity and how its currentill-advised policy toward the State of Israel will also negatively reflect on U.S.-Turkish relations and Turkey’s role in the future of NATO.

Sincerely,

Sen. Mark Kirk               Sen. Charles Schumer

Sen. Mark Warner         Sen. Scott Brown

Sen. Joe Manchin         Sen. Joe Lieberman

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Attorney Ernesto D. Borges, Jr. stars on WVON's Cliff Kelley show every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

borgesBeginning every Monday, starting September 19, 2011, Attorney Ernesto D. Borges, Jr.& BillBusters, will be fielding legal questions on WVON’s Cliff Kelley show from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday’s half-hour show will be totally devoted to legal matters by Borges who owns the largest African American-owned bankruptcy consumer law firm in the U.S.  As he says in his commercials, Borges is the best “bill buster” in town and offering his varied services he tells consumers to let him take care of their financial problems “and get some sleep tonight.”

Attorney Borges will continue his WVON Sunday morning show dubbed “The Borges Report” where he and his co-hosts, Don Rashid and Mark Wallace, discuss current events. This show airs Sunday’s from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WVON’s 1690 AM The call-in number is: 773-591-1690.

A trailblazing lawyer for 26-years, Borges is the sole owner of The Law Offices of Ernesto D. Borges, Jr. & BillBusters, 105 West Madison, 23rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60602. He also has offices at 10704 South Western, Chicago, IL 60643.

Throughout his career, Borges has helped over 26,000 people get their financial houses in order including eliminating their debt, saving their property and realizing financial empowerment. In one instance, Borges was able to save a mother’s home, her car, her job and get her son admitted to Howard University with one filing.

Borges is more than a bankruptcy lawyer. He specializes in eliminating debt, saving property, getting loan modifications, foreclosure defense, starting your own business, credit repair, and he is an expert on Chapter 7, Chapter 13, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), divorce, family law, medical malpractice, personal injury, probate, real estate closings and wills and estates.

A former actor, Borges produces local plays. He is also a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Honorably discharged from the Army, Borges was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism, the Bronze Star for Meritorious, and he was the recipient of a Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge.

When contacted, Kelley said, “I am very pleased that Ernesto will be a part of my show. Not only is he a great counselor, he’s also a great friend. My audience will get great information from him. The whole purpose of my show is to disseminate information and he will add to that.”

If you have a legal question, feel free to call Attorney Borges from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday on WVON 1690 AM at: 773-591-1690.

And, if you miss him on Sunday’s or Monday’s, call him at his office at: 312-853-0200.

{Photo Caption): Atorney Ernesto D. Borges, Jr. launches his half-hour legal show on Monday, September 19, 2011, on WVON (1690 AM) from 3:30 p.m to 4 p.m. on the Cliff kelley show. His new show will air every Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. He will still keep his WVON Sunday morning show, “The Borges Report,” which airs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The call-in number is: 773-591-1690.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

Illinois Attorney General joins Justice Department in lawsuit to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile

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Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the federal government today in its effort to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. The DOJ filed the civil antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on August 31, 2011 to enjoin the acquisition and amended the complaint today adding Illinois and six other states as plaintiffs.

“The proposed $39 billion transaction would substantially lessen competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services in Illinois and across the United States,” said Madigan. “Blocking this acquisition protects consumers and businesses against fewer choices, higher prices, less innovation, and lower quality service.” 

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile would reduce the number of national competitors to three and eliminate a company whose low pricing and product innovation have made it an aggressive competitor in the mobile wireless telecommunications marketplace.

Four nationwide providers – AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon – account for more than 90 percent of mobile wireless connections. According to the complaint, AT&T and T-Mobile compete head to head nationwide. They also compete nationwide to attract business and government customers.  In addition, wireless customers across the country face similar choices from the four national competitors regardless of whether local or regional carriers also compete in any particular local area.

The complaint also describes the competitive limitations of regional providers, resulting from their lack of national networks. Similarly, it concludes that entry by a new provider would be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, requiring among other things nationwide spectrum, the construction of a nationwide network, scale economies arising from having tens of millions of customers, and a strong brand.

AT&T’s efforts to increase its own already substantial scale economies through this transaction underscore the difficulties any new entrant would have in entering in a timely manner and with sufficient scale to thwart the competitive harm resulting from the proposed acquisition.

The complaint also concludes that the defendants have not been able to demonstrate merger-specific benefits that would sufficiently outweigh the proposed merger’s anticompetitive effects.

AT&T entered into an agreement on March 20, 2011, to purchase T-Mobile’s stock from its parent, Deutsche Telekom AG, with the intent to combine the two companies’ mobile wireless telecommunications businesses.

Antitrust Bureau Chief Robert Pratt and Assistant Attorney General Chadwick Brooker are handling the case for Attorney General Madigan’s office.      

African-American Judicial Candidate awaits ruling in Ohio Voter Suppression Case

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Hunter has been waiting 19 months for a decision in the unresolved Judicial race

 

tracie_hunterTracie Hunter, judicial candidate

 

Cincinnati, OH (BlackNews.com) — Nearly one year after the election, while one of two Juvenile Court seats remains vacant in one of Ohio’s largest counties, U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott will soon rule whether the Hamilton County Board of Elections (BOE) must count almost 1000 votes that were rejected in last November’s election, impacting the outcome of an unresolved judicial race separated by 23 votes. More appeals are expected in the case that: fueled in part Ohio HB 194; symbolizes the fight to end voter suppression; and has already reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It has been a long time coming, but I will stand as long as necessary to ensure that justice prevails and that voters are enfranchised. I only set out to change the Juvenile Court, a system that has historically over incarcerated and under rehabilitated children, especially those of color. I never intended to also challenge and change the electoral system in the process,” said Tracie Hunter. “While a grave miscarriage of justice has occurred, I hope that because of my stance, a brighter future lies ahead for all voters.”

A candidate since the February 2010 primary, Hunter sued the BOE in November for violating the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Constitution when it counted some provisional ballots cast in the wrong precinct, but rejected others, tainting the close election.

In a case that could surpass one million dollars in legal fees, according to the prosecutor’s office that represents the BOE, many believe Hunter’s race is a factor. As most provisional votes were cast in poorer, predominantly African-American neighborhoods, if the Court orders the rejected votes to be counted, Hunter could become the first African-American Judge in the 107-year-old history of Hamilton County’s Juvenile Court.

Hunter’s opponent, former director of the BOE John Williams was recently appointed Clerk of Courts while Hunter remains in limbo. Williams and the BOE filed joint appeals to prevent counting rejected votes as originally ordered. “It appears politically biased, but as an African-American female from Cincinnati, I accepted long ago that life is not fair or equal,” said Hunter.

Hunter seeks a permanent injunction against the BOE and its members: prohibiting them from rejecting any provisional ballots miscast in the wrong precinct November 2; and ordering them to count all provisional ballots miscast due to poll worker error before the BOE conducts the automatic recount required due to the closeness of the election.

Hunter won the May 2010 primary against the endorsed Democratic candidate by over 60 percent. After final votes were tallied in November’s election, she allegedly trailed Republican opponent John Williams by almost 3000 votes. After winning over 65 percent of all provisional votes counted 10 days later, she closed the gap to 23 votes.

For the most up to date legal coverage of Tracie Hunter’s case, go to:
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/litigation/Hunter.php

100th Anniversary celebration for the Athenaeum Theatre

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Day-long Festivities include Performances, Workshops and More

 

Chicago, IL – Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre celebrates its 100thanniversary in 2011.   This community arts center, the largest in the Midwest, has been a home to thousands of artists and offered support to hundreds of arts organizations.  To commemorate the past and celebrate the future, there will be a Centennial Celebration at the Athenaeum Theatre on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 7 p.m.   The event will feature dozens of performances, workshops, historic displays and a grand finale saluting the past and revealing the future.  Alderman Scott Waugaspack, of Chicago’s 32ndward will present special recognition of the Athenaeum’s contribution to the city of Chicago.   The event is free; however donations for the future of the Athenaeum Theatre will be appreciated.

 

The Athenaeum opened in 1911 and was constructed by St. Alphonsus Church as a recreational center serving the mostly German community. The building featured a 1000 seat theatre for German Operetta, A gymnasium, bowling alleys, music and meeting rooms. Over the years, meeting rooms gave way to classrooms and the theatre became a temporary church in the early 1950’s after a devastating fire damaged the church.  Today the Athenaeum is once again fulfilling its original purpose. Offices and studio Theatres now occupy former meeting room space and the 1000 seat theatre has been updated.

 

The Celebration begins at 11 am with theatre arts workshops for kids.  This kid’s matinee will feature ‘get involved’ workshops by Chicago Improv Festival productions, Play Mechanics, Blake Williams and the Rope Warrior.  There will also be an appearance from Lucy the dog from the musical Annie.

 

The Mainstage Show at 7 p.m. will feature performances from several arts organizations.  Artists scheduled to appear include:  3 Card Monty, American Cyborgs, Autumn Hays, BAM!, Cerqua Rivera Dance Experience, Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, Chicago Moving Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Enidsmithdance, Everlasting Drifters, Hedwig Dances, Inside Chicago Dance, Karen Faith, Lizzy MacKenzie, Matthew Nicholas, moments, Porchlight Music Theatre, Reggio The Hoofer, Treeline Dance Works, Vicki Fowler & Trevor Martin and Z3 Movement Project.

 

The event is produced by Bob Bagnuolo of the Athenaeum Theatre, Margaret L. Nelson of Lumen Siccum Productions, Inc and L. Walter Stearns of The Mercury Theater.

 

The Centennial Celebration is generously sponsored by: 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack, Eli’s Cheesecake, Side Street Saloon, The Saints, Tripp Lite, Tenenbaum Hardware & Paint Co., S & G Restaurant, Jewel Osco @ Ashland Ave. and Wellington, Jack’s Bar & Grill, Fiorentino’s Cucina Italiana and Golden Apple Restaurant, Lincoln Tap Room and Source One Media

Premier League Giants take on NBA and NFL in New York

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Leading Premier League clubs Liverpool FC and Manchester City will go head to head with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies in New York on September 27. The four Beyond Sport Award nominees will be seeking an immediate financial boost for their respective foundations as they present to a distinguished audience of more than 200 influential figures gathered at Yankee Stadium for Beyond Sport United.

Liverpool, Manchester City, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Memphis Grizzlies have won through to the final stage of the Beyond Sport Award for Sport Team of the Year from a field of more than 30 nominated teams, each selected for their outstanding community work. In New York they will be stating their case to an audience of some of sport’s most influential figures, including NFL team owners, the presidents of franchises from across the US major leagues and representatives of some of the Premier League’s top clubs – more than 80 teams from around the world in all.

The four teams will be hoping to secure an immediate boost of more than $10,000 for their respective foundations by impressing that audience. StubHub, Presenting Partner of Beyond Sport United, will provide $50 Stand Dollars to every delegate in attendance, which the delegate will then award to the project whose presentation most impresses him or her. That means a total of more than $10,000 will be on immediate offer to the four teams’ foundations.

Commented Alison Perris, Head of Community Relations for StubHub: “StubHub believes in the importance of giving back to the community and is proud to support and honour the excellent work these teams have done. We hope that by putting the power into the hands of delegates it will help to raise awareness of these programs and spark new ideas so sports teams can continue to both act as role models in their community as well as enact positive change.”

Commented Mark Chester, Family Officer at Liverpool FC: “Although a global business, we are also still a community football club, and we work hard to support the people of our communities. Our Tactics 4 Families project specifically aims to inspire and encourage strong family relationships, and we are delighted that this much needed and innovative programme has been recognised by Beyond Sport as an example of pioneering community work. We are very excited about the prospect of presenting the project at Beyond Sport United and hearing about the excellent work of the other nominees.”

Commented Jenny Koltknow, Executive Director of the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation: “We are grateful to Beyond Sport for the opportunity to discuss Grizzlies TEAM UP with this esteemed group, and we congratulate our fellow shortlisted teams Liverpool, Manchester City and the Eagles. Grizzlies TEAM UP has changed so many lives in Memphis and made it possible for mentors and kids from vastly different backgrounds to form lifelong friendships. We hope to both inform and inspire members of the audience to support mentoring.”

Commented Sarah Martinez-Helfman, Executive Director, Eagles Youth Partnership: “Whether we play a sport with our feet, heads or hands, we all play with heart and the Philadelphia Eagles hearts are in it to win it. $10,000 would provide eyeglasses and a new book to more than 300 children through our Eagles Eye Mobile programme and that would be a huge win for kids.”

Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport, added: “Sports teams don’t just have an impact on the morale of the cities they are in. They have the potential to play a significant role in social change. These four teams are of the highest quality and the StubHub funds will be a significant boost for some fantastic community projects.”

Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Football League (NFL); the National Hockey League (NHL); Major League Soccer (MLS); and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) are all signed on as Founding Supporters of Beyond Sport United – the first time the major US sports leagues have collaborated around the issue of sport and social change.

Sports Illustrated has backed the initiative as Official Media Partner.

Beyond Sport United is also partnered with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles and United who have lent their substantial support to this unique event.

The Beyond Sport Summit and Awards 2011, the third annual gathering of its kind, will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from December 5-8.

For more information on Beyond Sport, log on to www.beyondsport.org.

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