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Does Cain's Florida win prove the GOP isn't racist?

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New America Media

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson


GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain’s wipeout of the GOP presidential field in the Florida straw poll got much attention partly because he was so far behind presumptive GOP presidential front runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

But it also got attention because it seemed to refute the relentless charge that the GOP is racist. Cain is black, grew up poor, and did not shy away from talking about black issues during his stint as a radio broadcaster. Despite his unabashed spout of ultra conservative views, he doesn’t shirk away from his blackness. His win in Florida — not a Northern state — among a virtually lilywhite slate of voters does seem to make a case that the knock of racism against the GOP is overblown.

It doesn’t. True, at times, straw polls provide some gauge of the support a presidential contender has among the general party electorate. Reagan in 1979, George H.W. Bush in 1987 and Bob Dole in 1995 won the Florida straw poll and went on to win the GOP presidential nomination. But they were seasoned, name-recognizable GOP stalwarts, and the clear frontrunners for the nomination. Cain could hardly be considered any of those things. And the slightly more than 2,500 voters that bothered to cast a ballot in the straw poll could hardly be considered a representative sample of the GOP electorate.

In any case, straw poll votes are pure symbolism. More times than not the front running, that is, electable candidates spend little time, energy or resources bothering to court those likely to participate in a straw tally. Romney spent minimal time in the state, and Perry took it seriously only because as the new kid on the presidential block — and with dismal showings in the GOP presidential debates, as well as mounting questions about his conservatism — Florida was his chance to get momentum going again in his campaign. That’s why Cain sneaked to the top. It was more a message to Perry that there are a lot of conservatives who have serious doubts about him and his candidacy. Cain was the perfect foil to register that doubt.

The real name of the game is the primaries, where GOP voters will turn out en masse and determine who will be their standard bearer.

Cain’s candidacy, race and win in Florida meant little because he likely will not be around for the long gruel of the primaries. Even if he is, he will be a minor footnote on the ballot, when the serious business of courting voters, state officials and party leaders begins in Florida and other key primary states. But let’s say that he’s still a viable candidate during the primary run and has a real shot at being the GOP presidential choice, the evidence is strong that Cain wouldn’t get very far, and the issue then would be his race.

In a 2006 study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, a Yale political economist found that white Republicans were 25 percentage points more likely to cross over and vote for a Democratic senatorial candidate against a black Republican foe.

The study also found that in the nearly 20-year stretch, from 1982 to 2000, when the GOP candidate was black, the greater majority of white independent voters backed the white candidate. In the November 2010 mid-term elections, more than 30 black GOP candidates ran in congressional primaries. The majority of voters, or a significant percentage of them, in these districts were white. The black GOP candidates all went down to crushing defeat with two exceptions: congressional candidates Allen West in Florida and Tim Scott in South Carolina. Both got a majority of white votes and easily beat their Democratic opponents. But West and Scott won in lockdown GOP districts and against weak, under-funded Democratic opponents. Their wins were regional wins with absolutely no national implications.

Former three-term New Hampshire Governor John Sununu put his finger firmly on the inner pulse of mainstream GOP conservative sentiment during an interview he did earlier this year, after hearing candidate’s views on what Cain’s likely fate would be if he ever made it into the GOP presidential contender box. Sununu, one-time chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush and previously chair of New Hampshire’s GOP, said he was willing to listen to Cain, but that his pick for the GOP 2012 presidential contender would have to be the second coming of Ronald Reagan, as well as a politician with experience.

There’s much hyperbole in the Reagan analogy. None of the current crop of GOP contenders will ever be mistaken for Reagan in style, charisma and virtual party deification. But there’s truth to the Reagan analogy when it’s remembered that a big part of Reagan’s appeal was his racially coded pandering on states’ rights and his veiled anti-civil rights appeals. A black GOP candidate, no matter how rabidly conservative, would be unable to totally overcome, let alone allay, the racial antipathies and fears that always lurk among a large segment of conservative white voters when the White House is at stake.

No matter how many meaningless straw polls Cain wins, he won’t be the GOP candidate to change that.

Historic Bronzeville agency to host Jeremiah Frazier, Anita Wilson and Albert Simmons at Gospel Jam Concert

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The Abraham Lincoln Centre will hold a Back in School Gospel Jam Concert Saturday, October 1, beginning at 3 p.m.

The event will be held at 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave.,  in Chicago, IL.

Chicago’s most famous and talented gospel singers performing live, include youth choirs, praise dancers, step teams and a well-known comedian as Master of Ceremony.

Tickets are $5.00 for ages 13 and up, and $2.00 for ages 12 and under.

Since 1905, the Abraham Lincoln Centre has engaged Chicago’s South Side residents through social services and neighborhood activities designed to unite communities, celebrate families, and uplift children.

The Gospel Jam Concert is another in a long list of activities reflecting the strength and resilience of the Abraham Lincoln Centre.

The Abraham Lincoln Centre (ALC) has served Chicago’s South Side communities for 106 years, providing much needed social services to more than 7,000 children and families a year at 13 program sites.  A few of ALC’s flagship programs include helping at-risk children and youth gain the education and skills necessary to succeed in life, supportive housing and social services for people with disabilities, and support programs such as life skills initiatives for seniors and families. 

For more information on the Back in School Gospel Jam Concert, upcoming events, and program updates, visit Abraham Lincoln Centre at www.abelink.org.

National Summit to address lack of economic opportunity for all Americans: Leading organizations will create a national dialogue on key issues

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National poll to be released at event where NYC Mayor Bloomberg and other dignitaries will participate


 Opportunity Nation, a national coalition of non-profits, foundations, educators, business and political leaders working to put promoting opportunity, social mobility and access to the American Dream back on the national, state and local community agendas will host a summit at Columbia University in New York. The event is cosponsored by AARP, AARP Foundation, Ford Foundation, Time Magazine, and United Way Worldwide. The Opportunity Nation summit was officially announced in this week’s TIME magazine in the editor’s letter by Rick Stengel.

The conference will be held Friday, November 3 and November 4, 2011. It starts at 8 p.m. November 3rd at the Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., NY, NY 10027; and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 4th, at Columbia University (Alfred J. Lerner Hall -2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027).

This event is by invitation only and not open to the general public.

At the conference, Opportunity Nation will kick-start a national dialogue, highlight solutions, and engage the 2012 presidential candidates to make creating opportunity an issue in the presidential election.  Leaders from all sectors of society will participate in action-oriented dialogue on what opportunity means, make commitments about how their institutions can create opportunity and share innovative examples of how this is already being done at the community level.

Confirmed speakers include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President of Catholic Charities Father Larry Snyder; Jo Ann Jenkins, President of AARP Foundation; Rick Stengel, Managing Editor of TIME magazine; Luis Ubiñas, President of the Ford Foundation; Commentator and Philanthropist Tavis Smiley, Angela Glover Blackwell Founder and CEO, Policy Link; Heritage Foundation Distinguished Fellow Stuart Butler; Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; and Washington Post Columnist Michael Gerson. Other speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting female veterans is the subject of upcoming BET short film, "Burned"

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Introducing Bianca LaVerne Jones, featuring Eric Roberts

Bianca LaVerne Jones in BURNED, directed by Phyllis Toben Bancroft


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — According to 2008 figures from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 11% of veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq military operations were women, with data showing that almost 20% have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). BURNED is a short film produced by Los Angeles, CA based Phyllite Productions, deals with the subject in a half-hour drama premiering on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. EST and on CENTRIC on Saturday, October 8, 2011 11:30 to 12:00 a.m. EST.

BURNED tells the riveting story of a female Air Force veteran who transitions from the Iraq War to civilian life working as a Los Angeles department firefighter, while suffering from PTSD. Bianca LaVerne Jones, a rising talent from stage, television and film stars in the lead role with three-time Golden Globe nominee actor, Eric Roberts guest starring.

BURNED is produced and directed by BET Network’s Lens on Talent Award winner Phyllis Toben Bancroft. Ms. Bancroft’s previous work includes “SPENT” which deals with debt addiction, and the current web-series, “Ernie’s Girls” along with numerous stage productions in NYC and Los Angeles. BURNED will continue to have screenings in cities across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Hartford, CT and more.

Ms. Bancroft hopes her film will shed light on the issues facing returning U.S. military veterans, and in particularly female veterans. “I kept watching the coverage of veterans on the news and I noticed that I rarely heard any stories about female vets. That’s what inspired me to create BURNED. I wanted to give a voice to the forgotten female soldiers.”

To learn more about BURNED, visit the film’s website at www.burnedthefilm.com to view the movie’s trailer, cast and crew information.

Students, teachers push to halt Methyl Iodide use in California farms

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New America Media

By Li Miao Lovett


Sal Lua remembers the reactions he and his fellow Brown Berets encountered when they first spoke out against methyl iodide at the Watsonville City Council meeting last December. “They were surprised that someone this young would go to the City Council,” he said.

The council later passed a resolution against the fumigant, but the students’ elation was short-lived. The next day, methyl iodide was approved for use by California’s State Department of Pesticide Regulation, which overrode the findings of the agency’s own scientists. While many Brown Berets, a Chicano activist group dating back to the 1960s, lost their enthusiasm upon graduating from high school, activists like Lua and his teachers continue the David vs. Goliath battle to reverse the approval.

Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the small town of Watsonville has been a focal point of action against the fumigant. It’s not the first time that residents have been up in arms over the use of pesticides on strawberries. In the Watsonville and Salinas areas, the crop accounts for 41% of the state’s $2.1 billion dollar strawberry industry.

The locus of activism has shifted, according to Dvera Saxton, an American University doctoral candidate in anthropology, who has been working with migrant farmworkers in the region. “In the old days, teachers were fired or forced into retirement,” said Saxton. This time around, Francisco Rodriguez, local president of the state teacher’s union, advised putting forward a resolution to the Watsonville school board, the first of several steps before taking it to the state convention.

In March, the California Federation of Teachers passed a resolution citing the potential dangers of methyl iodide for children, and calling for divestment of retirement funds from the manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience.

Mary Flodin is a retired teacher who campaigned a decade ago against methyl bromide, the fumigant of choice for strawberries that regulators hope to phase out by 2015. On a sunny mid-September day, Flodin and fellow activists point out the fields where fumigation is taking place under white plastic tarps. A warning sign is planted in the corner of one field, separated by a country road from the neighboring organic farm. “That’s nerve gas,” said Flodin, noting the chemical chloropicrin being used in conjunction with methyl bromide.

Eight of the schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District border on strawberry fields. On Corralitos Road, past Bradley Elementary, are fields in various stages of preparation for planting, one enshrouded in white, another de-tarped after fumigation. In this coastside town, tarps won’t always hold their poison. Next to the water treatment plant, the flapping of a tarp along the field’s edge resembles white breakers on the seashore.

Young people are more likely to see the connections between pesticide exposure and illnesses like cancer than their elders, according to Saxton. Lua has three little brothers, and used to work in an after-school program with young children at a site bordering strawberry fields. When he talks to his family, they’re surprised to learn about the dangers of methyl iodide. But their hands are tied; farm workers are afraid of losing their jobs if they speak up. “You won’t see organizing with farmworkers as in the past,” says Saxton. “There’s employer coercion, and it’s harder [for migrant workers] to get across the border now.”

The Brown Berets, with members coming from local schools, are the next generation taking on the cause. Every Friday, Emmanuel Ballesteros works their booth at the farmer’s market. “We repair bikes for farmworkers. While one of us is fixing a flat tire, another gives information about getting more prepared before going to work.” The Berets are focused on more than pesticide safety; every other day they’re circulating petitions to stop methyl iodide, catching farmworkers at the store or check cashing depots.

While methyl iodide may be friendlier to the ozone layer than methyl bromide, it’s the toxic effects that have caused scientists to voice their concerns, and educators to rally against methyl iodide. “The community voice has been louder on this issue than any other pesticide,” says Dana Perls, organizer at Pesticide Watch. Methyl iodide is four times more neurotoxic than its cousin, and studies show that it can impair development at one-eighth the dose. Both chemicals are on California’s Prop 65 list of carcinogens.

Earlier this year, the Brown Berets organized a forum at Pajaro Middle School, which serves a low-income community where many parents are farmworkers. The room was packed with families hearing testimonies from those who had likely gotten sick from chemical exposure, as well as a rap about pesticides that Ballesteros performed. Five years after Jenn Laskin got Ballesteros involved at Renaissance High, it’s the mix of creative expression and politics that keeps him involved. “I asked her to stop giving me school credit because I wanted to go,” he said.

Laskin, an English teacher at Renaissance, seems unfazed by the methyl iodide setback. “Why should money trump cancer?” she asks.

The state department of pesticide’s scientists recommended only 0.8 parts per billion as the allowable upper limit of exposure for farmworkers. But the DPR approved it for use at 96 ppb. When the U.S. EPA first approved the agricultural use of methyl iodide, 54 scientists, including four Nobel laureates, signed on to a letter warning of the dangers to farmworkers and the public.

Several teachers at Renaissance High, a continuation school, began incorporating the topic of methyl iodide into their curriculum. Andy Hsia-Coron noticed a greater level of engagement among students in his integrated science class when they focused on methyl iodide.

Besides learning about the chemistry of fumigants and their effects on the human body, students heard from youth activists speaking up for farmworker health. Some of Hsia-Coron’s students who came from families that owned small fields, or whose parents worked as managers, shared their perspectives. “Our schools are about making citizens, engaged citizens. We’ve drifted away from that,” said Hsia-Coron. He described this kind of learning as “starting with problems and concerns and working your way concentrically outward from them.”

While the legal fate of methyl iodide rests with Governor Jerry Brown and the DPR, Laskin believes that strawberry growers should start embracing alternatives to fumigation. Mary Lou Nicoletti, Santa Cruz County’s Agricultural Commissioner, noted last spring that they expect “increased public scrutiny” of all fumigants in the wake of the methyl iodide battle.

Not far from the Brown Beret’s headquarters in downtown is Radcliff Elementary, with a charming façade that resembles a small courthouse. It’s this generation of youth that really inspires educators like Laskin. While delivering picket signs to teachers, she was swarmed by children who wanted to help. Here in Watsonville, they’re crossing by fields on the way to school, and like the Brown Berets, they’re willing to cross the line to greater safety.

New Powered by Nature Exhibit premieres at Kohl Children’s Museum

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Interactive Exhibit teaches the concepts behind renewable energy and its importance


Glenview, IL. – Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago announced the premiere of its newest exhibit, Powered by Nature, an innovative exhibit underwritten by The Allstate Corporation.  This 500-square-foot exhibit will allow children to learn and explore the concepts behind renewable energy.  Through hands-on exploration, children will be able to experiment and observe renewable energy sources, as well as technology, and learn what it takes to power the world around them.  The exhibit will open to the public November 1, 2011. 

“The future of the planet is in the hands of young people,” said Sheridan Turner, President and CEO of Kohl Children’s Museum. “It is vital that we ignite not only an understanding and appreciation of nature, but the impact of nature’s natural energy sources at an early age.  This exhibit does just that, but in a play-filled, exciting way.”

“Since our founding in Chicago eighty years ago, Allstate has looked for ways to help enrich the culture and vitality of our hometown,” said Jeanine Raquet, Vice President for Allstate Insurance Company. “We’re pleased to sponsor Powered By Nature and contribute to the learning experiences and life enrichment of Chicago’s families and all visitors to the Kohl Children’s Museum.”

Renewable Energy

The goal of Powered by Nature is to increase the awareness and understanding of children ages 3-8, as well as their parents, caregivers and teachers, about the properties of sun and wind as renewable sources of energy. 

Children will be able to conduct their own experiments using natural energy sources to discover the power of the forces of nature.  Five interactive stations encourage exploration, problem solving and collaboration.  Children will push buttons that create wind used to spin turbines and create light and construct neighborhoods using solar panels to make the homes light up. Through active exploration of natural phenomena, children will be able to become familiar with natural ways to power the Earth.

Windmill Explorations

Visitors build and test windmills to most effectively power an apartment building.  Three stations encourage collaboration, discussion and problem solving.

Sailboat Race

Children test and compare three sail shapes and sizes to best harness the wind from two directions to win a boat race.

Harness the Sun

Visitors manipulate the angle of houses in a town to best capture the sun using solar panels.  They can also test the efficiency of the panels on sunny and cloudy days.

Direct the Sun

In this computer simulation, visitors can predict the speed and distance of a magnifying glass to direct the sun to melt chocolate, popsicles and ice cream.  They can also manipulate mirrors to bounce the sun to power a solar powered toy. 

Musical Solar Sculpture (outdoor exhibit)

Visitors manipulate solar panels to capture the real sun’s energy to power musical outdoor sculptures made from wood, metal and other whimsical objects. They can also test the ability of wood, slate, concrete and other materials to absorb and store the heat of the sun. This exhibit is portable and can be moved to various locations.

Powered by Nature focuses on renewable energy.  This leading-edge exhibit is supported by ComEd, an Exelon Company; HSBC – North America; the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and the Public Museum Capital Grants Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Museum.

About Kohl Children’s Museum

In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicago land families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.

Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children age’s birth to 8, the Museum’s mission is to encourage young children ages birth to 8 to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. at the corner of Patriot Blvd. and W. Lake Ave. in the newly redeveloped area known as The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation(NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.comand 1-800 Allstate®.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org or call (847) 832-6600. The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  June through August), Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $9.50 for children and adults and $8.50 for senior citizens. Children under 1 year old and members are free.

First magazine to showcase African-Americans in food, wine and travel makes its debut in print

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Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — After years of planning and months of anticipation, V. Sheree Publishing announced the premiere print issue of Cuisine Noir, the first magazine to showcase African-Americans in food, wine and travel.

Chef Tre Wilcox from Bravo’s “Top Chef” and Marquee Grill & Bar in Dallas reconnected with Cuisine Noir after being the first online feature story in 2007 when the magazine originally launched before changing ownership and re-launching under V. Sheree Publishing in 2009. Readers will enjoy an in-depth look into Wilcox’s career and rise to the top.

Cuisine Noir was founded by Richard Pannell who noticed a lack of African-American chefs in mainstream food and wine magazines. Deciding to do something about it, he started to print Black Cuisine in 1998 as an insert in the Los Angeles Watts Times. When the insert was no longer an option, he continued to shop the concept around and soon changed the name to Cuisine Noir and pitched it to Sheree Williams in 2007 who came on board and helped to launch the magazine first as an e-zine and now in print.

“When Richard first told me about Cuisine Noir, I knew immediately that it would change lives and the way the world perceives African-Americans in food and wine. As an e-zine, we have been able to meet and feature so many talented professionals and now with our first print issue, we can only take that exposure to the next level,” said Williams.

Over the years, readers have enjoyed articles on chefs such as Jeff Henderson, Marcus Samuelsson, Carla Hall, Kevin Mitchell, Joseph Randall and Erika Davis. In addition, the magazine’s high profile features with Dr. Maya Angelou, Coolio, Wendy Williams and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges allows readers to see the “foodie side” of their favorite celebrities that other publications don’t necessarily highlight.

The premiere issue also features actress and comedienne Sherri Shepherd who dishes on her four cornerstones of happiness. With food being one of them, she admits to not being much of a cook, but still knows good food. Yountville proves to be Napa’s epicurean oasis in the issue’s travel story. Once you see what the town has to offer, you’ll see why locals call it home and a great place for food, wine and relaxation.

Readers will also enjoy new food recipes from the test kitchen and cocktails by some of the country’s top black mixologists. Chicago’s Brian Duncan rewrites the wine game to make the experience about enjoyment and not intimidation and our experts select 10 of their favorite wines to enjoy with the change of seasons.

This first issue is surely a collector’s item noting an important milestone in the history of African-American chefs and also the publishing industry. “As African-Americans, our influence in the culinary industry and on cuisines around the world has been overlooked over the years. Cuisine Noir is now a vehicle to acknowledge and document our contributions for generations to come,” said Pannell.

Copies of the issue are on sale at www.cuisinenoirmag.com while they last for $4.50 in the U.S. and $5.50 in Canada. In addition, issues will be sold at various events across the country.

Readers are also encouraged to visit Cuisine Noir’s blog, The Culinary Scoop, for daily news, promotions, cookbook reviews and more celebrity interviews in its exclusive column Walk on the Foodie Side at www.theculinaryscoop.com.

Both Richard Pannell and Sheree Williams are available for interviews. For all media inquiries, please contact Di’Nia Williams at 510-922-9702 x 102
About Cuisine Noir
As the first magazine for African-American chefs, culinary professionals, foodies and wine enthusiasts, Cuisine Noir is a unique and entertaining online and print publication that combines culinary traditions with new cultural experiences. The magazine delivers what readers are looking for which is more than where to find the next great meal. And most importantly, it is a culinary publication that compliments readers’ lifestyles and desire for a diverse culinary experience. www.cuisinenoirmag.com.
About The Culinary Scoop
Launched in September 2010, The Culinary Scoop (TCS) is the sibling of the online magazine, Cuisine Noir. The blog is an entertaining resource for companies, professionals and foodies who want to stay updated as well as share the latest industry news and culinary experiences to the world one delicious scoop at a time. www.theculinaryscoop.com.

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Illinois Lt. Governor Simon to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will launch a statewide cell phone drive in conjunction with Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine campaign on Monday, October 3 at events in Springfield and Chicago. Phones, batteries and accessories can be dropped off at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago or the State Capitol, Stratton or Howlett buildings in Springfield from October 3 to 7. For each phone, Verizon will donate $10 to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, up to $10,000.

At the Springfield HopeLine launch, Simon will join representatives from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to release its first-ever state homicide report and advocate for better statewide tracking of domestic violence-related crimes.

In Chicago, Lt. Governor Simon will launch the HopeLine drive at a rally with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and other advocacy agencies to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in the state and resources available to victims.

Those unable to visit the Thompson Center, State Capitol, Stratton or Howlett buildings during the week of October 3 can still donate their no-longer-used phones at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store at any time. To find the store closest to you, visit www.verizonwireless.com.


DATE: Monday, Oct. 3

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Event: Domestic Violence Awareness month proclamation with ICADV

Location: Governor’s Capitol Office, 207 State House, Springfield, 62706


Time: 12 p.m.

Event: Domestic Violence Awareness rally with Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network

Location: James R. Thompson Center plaza, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 60601

Chicago: A "Bollywood-ish" Musical of Citizen Participation

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A Narrative Film project in Chicago, IL by Mitch

In the process of putting her “Bollywood” Chicago movie together, an epic music video, Mitch is offering a rare chance to movie lovers and the public to be in her movie. Participants can play their own songs live, and dance in various scenes. It is open to all genres and no prior dance experience is necessary.

“We are doing an epic music video,” said Mitch, director of the epic music video. “Think more along the lines of Bollywood film, with your neighbors instead. We are looking for artists to submit songs and be in scenes. Based on the songs submitted, I am going to write a story, and the bands will be playing in the backgrounds of their scene (live in person). In addition to this, we will be sending out notifications of where scenes are being shot, and people can be in them, if they would like. This includes several flash mob style cast dance scenes.

The film will be starring Tamiz, the former owner of Treat. She is a specialist in Indian fusion.

Any proceeds from the project will go back into Hiyaha which provides free services for musicians such as promotions, introducing artists to each other (personally), booking shows, recording demos and more.

“This is your musical; we’re just the moderators…” Hiyaha states on its website. “So feel free to tell musicians you know to submit songs, suggest scenes, or volunteer any information you’d like and I will see if I can work it into the storyline.

“If you are interested in working in the team, choreographing a crowd of dancers, being the lighting director, etc. Feel free to let me know.

“The money raised on the site will primarily go towards hiring specialist when needed, permits, marketing materials, burning DVDs, sound mastering, post-editing of the film, and refreshments provided at the shoot for participants. As you can imagine $5000 is not nearly enough, but right now we have nothing and we’d rather play it safe if that is what it takes to get it done. :)

Mitch made the song in the video. The footage was donated by Gold Fronts.

For those with questions, you can visit Mitch’s website: www.Hiyaha.com and speak to the project creator directly.You can also be a backer of the project. The Bollywood project can be funded through pledges. They hope to receive at least $5,000 in pledges by Friday, Nov 18, 12:31 p.m. EST. Pledges should be $1 or more.

To Back This Project there is a $1 minimum pledge

Pledge $1 or more

Role in the Film (If desired, and in Chicago). Feel free to send any additional suggestions for the film you would like to see, and I will give them consideration.

Estimated Delivery: February 2012

If you Pledge $10 or more you will get an Autographed Copy of the movie, and Mitch will use one word you give me in the film (no obscenities), thus earning you a title of Co-Writer in the extended credits.

Estimated Delivery: September 2012

If you Pledge $25 or more (Limited Reward (200 of 200 remaining)

Mitch will creatively add a line/suggestion of your choice (clean) and, you to the extended credits with an image (nothing offensive)

Estimated Delivery: Sep 2012

If you Pledge $50 or more Mitch will leak details of the film to you (txt ok), and only you.

Estimated Delivery: Jan 2012

If you Pledge $100 or more (Limited Reward (20 of 20 remaining)

Mitch will do any of the above (per your request) and will write a scene in a location of choice (you must have access to this place, and be able to get us in there too).

Estimated Delivery: Apr 2012

If you Pledge $500 or more (Limited Reward (20 of 20 remaining)

Mitch will book a show/plan an event for you (or in your honor), and all the above (per your request). You will also be in the film credits as a sponsor.

Estimated Delivery: May 2012

If you Pledge $1,000 or more (Limited Reward (5 of 5 remaining)

Mitch will do all of the above (per your request) and write a short story/film to the song of your choice.

Estimated Delivery: Oct 2012

If you Pledge $2,000 or more Mitch will do any of the above (per your request) and Paint you a picture that will go on the cover of your custom limited addition DVD Cover

Estimated Delivery: Nov 2012

If you Pledge $3,000 or more (Limited Reward (20 of 20 remaining)

Mitch will provide all of the above (pyr), and will also make you a song.

Estimated Delivery: Nov 2012

If you Pledge $4,000 or more Mitch will provide all of the above (pyr) and will shoot the film or record the short story with the song.

Estimated Delivery: Nov 2012

If you Pledge $5,000 or more Mitch will provide all of the above (pyr) and will perform the song somewhere, and do a PowerPoint presentation about how awesome you are.

Estimated Delivery: Sep 2012

If you Pledge $10,000 or more you can be on Mitch’s team (however, Mitch will get to pick your job. It will be a series of things you are good at, thus an initial role is pretty unnecessary). Nonetheless, you can still get all of the above, and some of them might happen naturally.

Estimated Delivery: Dec 2011

Mitch will remind pledge participants by e-mail 48 hours before funding ends.

Said Mitch: “I’m involved in a lot of hobbies. I make electronic music, write stories, paint, make clothes, shoot films, perform, cook treats, and more. I am currently in college and working towards a degree in Psychology. I also work full-time doing SharePoint/UX Consulting. This will be my first feature length film, but I’ve been doing video all my life. The weirdest thing I ever shot was probably a funeral/piano recital when I was about 15. I tend to prefer miniatures of things, not so much little dogs as I find them a bit too stressful. I have my own company where I work with undiscovered artists and provide them with various pro-bono services. Feel free to text me or email me if you have any ideas.”

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