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Illinois GOP to hold first-ever online/in-person Presidential Straw Poll on Nov. 5

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Early voting begins Oct. 29 at IllinoisStrawPoll.com


The Illinois Republican Party will host a unique opportunity for Republican voters to participate in the first-ever in-person/online presidential straw poll held by a state Republican Party.

Complete with early voting online and in person locations, the Illinois Republican Straw Poll allows any Illinois resident a chance to participate.

“Other states have had straw polls at one location and websites have had online polls but no one has ever done what we’re doing,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. “Republican voters in Illinois from Chicago to Cairo and anywhere in between can participate without traveling very far and they can even do so without leaving their house. We’ll even have early voting just like a regular election to maximize convenience.”

Online voting will be open from 9:00 AM Central Time on Saturday, October 29 until 7:00 PM Central Time on Saturday, November 5 at IllinoisStrawPoll.com. Voters are able to view the online Straw Poll ballot in order to review candidates now. The in person paper voting, run by county party organizations wishing to participate, will take place from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 5. The results will from both online and paper will be combined and announced during in a special event.

Republican voters who want to participate in the Straw Poll, either online or in person, must be Illinois Residents (for online voting, they must have a credit card with an Illinois zip code) and contribute $5 to the Illinois Republican Party to cover the cost of the straw poll.

Once online voters have cast their vote, they’ll also be given an opportunity to volunteer or donate to the presidential candidate they have selected.

“We have a great field of candidates looking to replace Barack Obama as President,” said Brady. “The general election may be a year away but we want to encourage Illinois Republicans to get involved in the 2012 campaign now.”

For more information, including the full rules of the Illinois Straw Poll, go to IllinoisStrawPoll.com.

U.S. Congressman John Lewis was featured speaker at the historical 25th Annual CME Convocation and 140th celebration of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church

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Lewis was speaker at the Awards Night Gala

U.S. Congressman John Lewis

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — The Honorable John Lewis, United States House of Representative (Georgia), was the featured speaker at the Awards Night Gala on Thursday, September 29 during the historical 25th Annual CME Convocation and 140th celebration of the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The Awards Night Gala honored civil rights and African American achievers, and recent graduates who received certificates of completion for online Christian Education classes.

Congressman John Lewis enlightened the audience with much history during his time of sharing. He stated that in August 1967, when Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held their last meeting, it was at the Hyatt Regency. During the evening, Congressman Lewis encouraged the audience to understand the legacy of our actions. “Our struggle is not a struggle for one lifetime. Our struggle is a struggle for many generations.” Additionally, Congressman Lewis indicated that the attention should be on the significance of the Church as an institution, particularly the CME Church. “Our faith has taught us not to hate. Hate is too much of a burden to bear.” He urged us to move forward knowing our history and being reassured of our abilities to shape the future.

The four-day Annual CME Convocation, attended by over 3,000 persons from the United States and other countries, included services of worship and praise featuring dynamic ministry, music and educational classes.

The Convocation was hosted by the Sixth Episcopal District under the leadership of Bishop Kenneth W. Carter. Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Fourth Episcopal District was Chair of the Convocation; Bishop Paul A.G. Stewart, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District served as the Program Chair; and the Finance Chair was Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District. The Convocation was spearheaded by the Executive Secretary of the CME Church, Ms. Jeanette L. Bouknight.

The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 140-year old historically African American Christian denomination with more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica and fourteen African nations. There are four CME related colleges, Lane College (Jackson, TN), Miles College (Birmingham, AL), Paine College (Augusta, GA) and Texas College (Tyler, TX). There is additionally a CME sponsored seminary, Phillips School of Theology, which is an affiliate member of the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, GA). For additional information about the C.M.E. Church, visit www.c-m-e.org

Exelon Executive Ruth Ann Gillis named chairman of Goodman Theatre

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Gillis follows Patricia Cox’s two-year chairmanship
Chicago, IL - Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees announced that Ruth Ann Gillis, a former Board President, as its new Chairman.

Gillis, whose history and involvement with the theater spans decades, follows immediate past Chairman Patricia Cox’s two-year term. Gillis is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Diversity Officer, Exelon Corporation and President, Exelon Business Services Company. She is a sustaining member of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women’s Board and immediate past president of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is a board member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and a member of the Chicago Network, Economic Club of Chicago and Commercial Club of Chicago. Gillis also serves on the board of directors for Potlatch Corporation and KeyCorp.

“I am honored to take the helm of Goodman Theatre at a truly wonderful time in our history,” said Gillis. ”Great artists from Chicago, across the country and around the world are coming to work here under Artistic Director Robert Falls in collaboration with Executive Director Roche Schulfer. From John Logan’s fresh take on Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real to Bob’s major revival of The Iceman Cometh with Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane – this is a ‘signature Goodman’ season based on our institutional value of quality, diversity and community.”

Continued Gillis, “I am humbled by the company of our great past chairs, and I extend special appreciation to Patricia Cox, whose leadership over the past two seasons culminated in a tremendously exciting 10th  Anniversary ‘Decade on Dearborn’ celebration. I am eager to assume this important role within Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene – one that is unrivaled by any other city.”

As Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Diversity Officer, Exelon Corporation and President, Exelon Business Services Company (BSC), Gillis is responsible for providing oversight for transactional and corporate services to the Exelon operating companies. BSC encompasses information technology, supply chain, real estate and human resources, as well as other advisory, professional, technical and support services. As Chief Diversity Officer, Gillis oversees all Exelon diversity initiatives including the company’s employee-focused Diversity & Inclusion strategy and supplier-focused Diverse Business Enablement initiative. Gillis is also a member of Exelon’s Executive, Corporate Investment and Corporate Risk Management committees, as well as a member of the Exelon Foundation board of directors.

Remarked Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer, “We are thrilled that Ruth Ann Gillis, who over the past three decades has distinguished herself among Chicago’s top-tier executive leaders, is our new chairman. Thanks to the tremendous support of a vital Board of Trustees, dedicated artists and talented staff, loyal subscribers and patrons, as well as longstanding support from corporate, foundation, government and civic leaders, we are poised to further our reputation as a major cultural pillar in Chicago under her leadership.”

Previous Chairmen of Goodman Theatre include Stanley M. Freehling, Irving J. Markin, James E. Annable, Sondra A. Healy, Deborah A. Bricker, Carol Prins, Lester N. Coney, Shawn M. Donnelley and Patricia Cox.

Why Color Me Black: A Willie Lynch hangover that won’t go away

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By Chinta Strausberg


A friend of mine sent me a link to an upcoming documentary entitled: “Dark Girls.” I was puzzled at the title but after viewing just a few seconds of the clip I felt a sharp pain pierce my heart followed by a rush of sadness and ultimate anger.

It was literally a breathless moment for me watching “Dark Girls (http://vimeo.com/24155797 ). Why” Because it was like I was watching the 299-year Willie Lynch Letter curse being reborn in 2011 and its psychologically poisonous tentacles choking the life out of black people in America and no one did this dastardly deed to us but us.

Watching that film was like removing myself from the 21st Century and being supplanted in the 1800’s deep, deep in the South where whites hated blacks solely because of the color of their skin. Slavery was good for business. It built America for free—free labor, stolen African lives—and centuries of seeds of hate implanted into the minds of African Americans that they are inferior to those with lighter skin and straighter hair. What utter nonsense.

This is why when I buy a doll for my 4-year-old niece, I buy one black the other white and I make sure she knows both are beautiful.

In 1939, Mrs. And Mrs. Dr. Kenneth Clark and his wife, Mamie, conducted “The Clark Doll Experiment” where they asked children to choose the prettiest doll. All of them chose the white doll.  (http://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/the-clark-doll-experiment/ ).

The clip dredges up the nightmare and the racism that then 6-year-old Ruby Nell Bridges, now Ruby Neil Bridges Hall, went through when her parents put her in the William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. President Eisenhower had to order U.S. Marshals to protect the child as she walked through angry white parents who threatened to kill and poison her because of the color of her skin.

Self-hatred is taught at home. I challenge each of you to look at a white doll and a black doll and honestly decide which is the prettier of the two then think about the names some of you call your children, words like the “n” word.

This self-fueling, generational self-hating curse must end today. Could it be behind the current wave of violence in our community? I keep saying that love is such a powerful force. Love can stop the bullets. Love can stop the violence, and love can bring us peace.

While some people black and white don’t believe the Willie Lynch Letter is authentic, read some of the excerpts and make your own decision. This is the infamous letter allegedly written by Willie Lynch whose name was used when hanging blacks from trees in the South.

December 25, 1712 


“I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome’s would envy us if my program is implemented.

“As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions.

“I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, You suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed.

“Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I have a foolproof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years [2012].

“My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves and make the differences bigger. I use fear, distrust and envy for control.

“These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is “age” but it’s there only because it starts with an

“A.” The second is “COLOR” or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations and status on plantations, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short.

“Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy stronger than adulation, respect or admiration.

“The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don’t forget you must pitch the old black Male vs. the young black Male, and the young black Male against the old black male.

“You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male. And the male vs. the female.

“You must also have you white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks. It is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful of each other. Thank you gentlemen.”

The clip Dark Girls, which is represented mostly by dark-skinned African American women and girls, actually thought they were unattractive because their skin is dark!!! This is 2011 and I thought we were all over that nonsense. I thought the Willie Lynch letter allegedly written by a British slave owner named Willie Lynch left a formula (a letter) instructing whites how to keep blacks in self-bondage both mentally, socially, economically and racially.

Someone please pinch me because I thought, I had hoped parents didn’t teach their children the racism of yesterday that blacks with good hair are better than their peers with nappy hair and some people recoil at the word nappy!!!

I would hope that parents are not teaching their children that light-skinned blacks are better and smarter than their darker brothers and sisters. That is reverse racism and it has no place in our society. Why would a mother or father teach a child to hate themselves because of the color of their skin?

And, black men suffer from this obvious posttraumatic slavery syndrome as well. Many African American men will only date light-skinned black women or white women and wouldn’t think of going out with a darker-sinned woman. How foolish is that? How racist is that?

And, shame on adults who plant that poisonous anti-black seed in the precious minds of our children. I knew a little girl whose sister had long straight hair but her hair as nappy. Both girls were very light-skinned and both very attractive but the one with nappy hair would put a sweater on her head and swing it around to be like her sister. That’s crazy!! Insane!!! It is so self-defeating. Why put yourself down over the color of your skin.

God made a garden of “flowers” not just one race or ethnicity of people.

What is the answer to this generational curse? Education. We need to teach our children their history. When you know from whence you come, you behave differently. When you know from whence you come, you don’t go around shooting each other. “When you know who you are and from whence you come, you don’t go around raping and robbing each other.

How long will the Willie Lynch Letter prevail in our community, in our mindsets, in our upbringing? How long will we continue to plant seeds of self-hatred into our children’s minds? Must we go through our own exodus from Egypt to cleanse this sick post-traumatic slave syndrome? If so, God help us for then the killing will continue. Our babies and our leaders for tomorrow will die leaving all of us vulnerable and helpless. 

When will this Willie Lynch hangover go away? When will we learn to love each other? When will we stop saying, ‘If you black, stay back. If you’re brown, stick around, if you’re yellow, you’re mellow’?  I challenge you to end the 299-year curse today and begin planting seeds of love and self-respect. Do it for the children. Do it for yourselves.

My family represents a rainbow from white to the color of the Mother Earth. We don’t teach racial hatred though in the past some parents were color struck as older people called the syndrome. Thank God my family has grown. How I wish all African Americans can grow and bury this Willie Lynch syndrome forever.

And, lastly, after viewing the clip, go to officialdarkgirlsmovie.com/ donate-to-the-film/ and support this film that hopefully will awaken and prick the conscious of black and white people in America.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

The Lost Legacy of 1930's Regionalism, the WPA, and a new people's art: Where are today's rural American artists?

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Portoluz presents a talk with Dan Brinkmeier, farmer and rural artist, as part of its year-long series W.P.A. 2.0., a brand new deal, Tuesday, October 11, at the LillStreet Art Center, 4401 N. Ravenswood, at 6 p.m. Donations are accepted.

During the 1930s, the hardships of the economic depression, political upheaval and labor conflict, and social change were challenged head-on by Regionalist painters through other activist forms of artistic expression, which fostered the WPA and a national public art movement. Visual art was used as an instrument of attack, instruction, and inspiration, and was based in our country’s rural heritage and traditions.

In today’s America, we also face similar challenges to our way of life; and yet, where         are the visual artists who will depict themes that not only celebrate the strengths that define our country, both urban and rural, but also serve to show the reality of how people live in the “forgotten country” of rural America and the social change that has taken place there? Who will give us a new “people’s art?” Dan Brinkmeier is an artist, educator, and farmer who still works with his family on a small cattle farm in Northwestern Illinois.   

The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the F.A.P. to provide employment for artists on relief, namely the Public Works of Art Project (P.W.A.P.) which operated from 1933 to 1934 and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture which was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. However, it was the F.A.P. which provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people.

New children's book about President Obama's daughters

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 “The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at The White House”


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at The White House, the first children follow a glowing ball of light to the White House library, where they step behind a moving bookshelf and find themselves 150 years in the past. The handsome and magical Hosiah has summoned them back in time. He needs their help to get his friend Frederick Douglass out of captivity, so that he can bring the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to Abraham Lincoln. They discover that without the Emancipation Proclamation, their father Barack Obama could never have become president.

Danny Glover, actor and activist, comments, “In this wonderfully entertaining and educational story, Sasha and Malia go back in time to help Frederick Douglass end slavery in America. In the process, they learn a lot about how the world has changed, the magic of childhood, and the values of life. It brings adult ideas to life for young minds, and inspires them to be part of positive changes in the world. The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at The White House is a book every young child should read.”

Below is a 5-star review from Midwest Book Review:

“The Adventures of Sasha and Malia” at the White House is a creative children’s book about the history of Black Americans from slavery to emancipation to the election of our first Black President, Barack Obama, in November of 2008. Sasha and Malia, daughters of President Obama and Michele Obama, find history relived and revealed in their explorations of the White House Library. The girls meet an imaginary guide, a black man named Hosiah, in their adventures. Hosiah helps them understand the story of how their father could come to be president of the United States of America. In the process, they meet Charles Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass, who wrote down ideas that inspired proposed legislation that was destined to become Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the black slaves in America. If this had not happened, Sasha and Malia’s father could not have become president over 100 years later.

Sasha and Malia have many more harrowing adventures and interactions in their mystical trip back in time, but they finally return to the present with a firmer understanding of the men and women who helped shape history for Black Americans. “The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at the White House” uses both imaginary or fictitious and real characters to tell the story of emancipation of Black Americans. At the end of the book, questions and answers cover some of the issues faced by the first Black Americans who worked so hard for emancipation. “The Adventures of Sasha and Malia at the White House” is written to be enjoyed by children ages 7-10.

About The Book:
Authors: Carol Francois & P. Segal
Illustrations by: Jay Mazhar
Publisher: New Vision Works
ISBN: 978-0983193159
Release Date: October 2011
Available: On Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as a hardcover or e-book

African American producer debuts documentary film about 1979 Middle East Peace Treaty

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 “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace,” A Look Back and Behind the Scenes of the Greatest 20th Century Diplomatic Achievement – the Camp David Peace Treaty. Featuring Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Wolf Blitzer, Anwar El-Sadat, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Producer Matthew Tollin

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – As a former executive board member of the NAACP and an alumnus of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Producer Matthew Tollin’s foray to the big screen is sure to make an indelible impression. His first feature film production credit, “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” is the true story of the men who brought an unprecedented period of peace to the Middle East.

For the first time ever, this documentary takes the audience behind the public veil created by a first-of-its-kind White House issued media blackout on the events. Behind the press conferences and into the smoke-filled backroom corridors of power during one of the world’s greatest historical moments: the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. For one brief moment in time, Arab and Jew put their differences aside and embraced peace.

“I am very excited about the Los Angeles debut of ‘Back Door Channels’,” says Matthew Tollin. “It is important for us to be able to share this story so everyone can understand what has happened in the Middle East and what tomorrow may bring.”

In its review of the film, Variety called “Back Door Channels” “riveting” and “enthralling.” The film was produced by Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson and directed by multi-Emmy award-winning director Harry Hunkele. The film is being released by Fisher Klingenstein Films.

Billionaire businessman Leon Charney, featured in the film as a “back channel” says, “The most important thing you can do in the world today is create peace in the Middle East and that opportunity is on the table for the first real time in 30 years. It would be a travesty to miss it.”

“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” opened theatrically in New York City on September 16th at the Quad Theater, and will open at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and other theaters in Los Angeles on October 14th. For more information visit www.backdoorchannels.com.

About Matthew Tollin

Matthew Tollin is a principal of Channel Productions and a resident producer for its film arm, Channel Production Films. As an experienced media executive with an extensive private entertainment law practice, he has advised established entertainment professionals, notably the producing/songwriting team Ashford and Simpson. In 2005, Matthew Tollin was handpicked for NYC TV by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and helped lead the transformation of the station into NYC Media Group. He served as the general counsel of the Group and the general manager of the group’s radio holdings, 91.5FM Radio New York. During his tenure, the network garnered a record 160 Emmy nominations and 48 Emmy Awards, of which Mr. Tollin received 2 Emmys and 3 Tellys personally. Additionally, Mr. Tollin’s group oversaw the quintupling of the Media Group’s revenues and 10x audience growth at the radio station. Mr. Tollin was also an adjunct professor at The City College of New York, where he taught “Introduction to the Law: Legal Reasoning and Philosophy.”

About Executive Program Services (EPS)

Executive Program Services, Inc. (EPS) is a distributor of high quality programming to all public television stations in the United States. Founded by two former PBS programming executives, Alan Foster and Dick Hanratty, EPS has become, to those stations, a trusted source of programs for the past ten years. EPS distributes approximately 250 hours of programming each year. EPS is a Virginia corporation with a West Coast office near Seattle. www.epstv.com

About Fisher Klingenstein Films

Fisher Klingenstein Films is a new film acquisition and distribution company led by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. The company has been actively acquiring films and television series for distribution in all media. Danny and Jack Fisher were the founders of noted film and television company City Lights Media. Alan Klingenstein, formerly head of Filbert Steps, has produced award-winning films such as the acclaimed “Trumbo.” www.fisherklingenstein.com

About Channel Production Films

Channel Production Films is an independent production company, founded by the Emmy® award-winning team-Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson-that built NYC Media Group in New York for Michael Bloomberg, leading it to a record 160 Emmy® nominations and 42 Emmy awards in six years. The company is centered on the documentary film and television space and focuses on poignant and impactful stories of people and events, which have far-reaching, global repercussions yet relay an intimate human dimension. www.channelproductionfilms.com

Clandestino Dining and Eating Vincent Price on 190 North Oct. 30

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Local author, Chris Garlington, Chef Efrain Cuevas, founder of Clandestino Dining, and Chef Lauren Parton, Chef de Cuisine of Clandestino Dining, will be featured guests on 190 North on October 30. Filmed on location during a dinner at the secret location of the famous supper club with 190 North host Janet Davies.


Chicago, IL – Don’t blame 190 host Janet Davies if she looks a little nervous during her Oct. 30 broadcast—she’d just been Eating Vincent Price with local author and blogger, Chris Garlington, and the famous chefs of Clandestino Dining, Efrain Cuevas and Lauren Parton.

Filmed during one of Clandestino’s new Monday night dinners, Davies interviewed the crew at an abandoned convent somewhere in Chicago. The setting and theme was perfect for their Halloween special and Davies wasted no time in taking advantage of the creepy-elegant setting.

But it was really the dinner, the writer, and the cooks she was there for.

Eating Vincent Price is the newest project from Chicago food writer, Christopher Garlington, co-author of The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats, from Lake Claremont Press, who will cook his way through the venerable cookbook, A Treasury of Great Recipes, by Vincent and Mary Price, published in 1965.

Since Garlington couldn’t cook his way out of a wet paper sack, he reached out to Cuevas of Clandestino Dining, who had been looking for a theme for his Monday night family style dinners. Cuevas presented the idea to his Chef de Cuisine, Lauren Parton, who took one look at Garlington and gave the project a solid eight long minutes of life before he cut his arm off.

America’s most famous horror star, Price was also a dedicated foodie. His book, A Treasury of Great Recipes, contains recipes from all the greatest restaurants in the world from the early 60s. After dining in each one, Price convinced the chef to give him the recipes from the day’s menu. Popular enough to go through five printings, the Treasury eventually went out of print—and became a legend.

Every other Monday night, Parton, Cuevas, and Garlington serve a dinner lifted directly from the Treasury to a group of 25 to 30 diners. The ingredients are locally sourced by Cuevas and Parton who have long standing relationships with some of Illinois’ best organic farmers. Like all Clandestino dinners, the Price events are secret suppers. Guests purchase their tickets on-line then are informed 48 hours before dinner of the menu and the location.

The next Eating Vincent Price dinner will be on Oct. 24 at 7pm.

For more information about Eating Vincent Price, please contact Christopher Garlington at (773) 480–0121.

Some states have re-invented voting through new voter ID laws: Is it a legal means to disenfranchise certain voters?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On October - 11 - 2011 Comments Off on Some states have re-invented voting through new voter ID laws: Is it a legal means to disenfranchise certain voters?


A 96-year-old woman was denied the right to a free voter ID in Tennessee because she couldn’t come up with a marriage certificate. State Governments’ Voter ID laws stand to disenfranchise millions of voters in the 2012 Election. Something must be done to ensure that voters are not disenfranchised and federal laws are not being violated


By Juanita Bratcher


Dorothy Cooper, a 96-year-old African American woman was denied the right to a free voter ID in Tennessee because she couldn’t come up with a marriage certificate. This, after having voted seven decades without any problems, even during the Jim Crow years. What a sad commentary on voting rights in this country. Obviously, it could be the beginning of denials for millions of other voters in states around the country due to new voter ID laws put in place since the 2008 Presidential Election.

Cooper, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, even after presenting documents to the clerk at the Cherokee Boulevard Drivers Service Center in Tennessee that included her birth certificate, voter registration card and lease, was asked for a marriage certificate, which she didn’t have. According to reports, there are 126,000 seniors in Tennessee that don’t have photo IDs.

Tennessee Republicans passed the new voter identification law earlier this year requiring Tennesseans to have government-issued photo IDs to vote.

Reportedly, there are about 34 to 37 states that have switched to Voter IDs. States that require photo IDs are Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota.

States that require ID but photos not required, are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah.

In a recently released report, “Voting Law Changes in 2012”, by the Brennan Center for Justice (at New York University School of Law), authored by Wendy R. Weiser and Lawrence Norden, it noted that “these new restrictions fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities.”

Brennan’s Executive Summary points out the following:

This wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election. Based on the Brennan Center’s analysis of the 19 laws and two executive actions that passed in 14 states, it is clear that:

  • These new laws could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.
  • The states that have already cut back on voting rights will provide 171 electoral votes in 2012 – 63 percent of the 270 needed to win the presidency.
  • Of the 12 likely battleground states, as assessed by an August Los Angeles Times analysis of Gallup polling, five have already cut back on voting rights (and may pass additional restrictive legislation), and two more are currently considering new restrictions.

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) at a news conference in Nashville, Tennessee last month, said the voter ID laws passed in Tennessee and other states this year should be re-examined by the Supreme Court, adding that the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice should consider challenging the voter ID laws as to whether it disenfranchises voters.

But opponents of voter IDs said it is being used as a means to suppress the vote, will make it harder to cast a ballot, and as a result would disenfranchise the elderly, young, poor, Hispanics and African-American voters.

In my yet to be released book, “Lest We Never Forget: The Power of the Ballot,” I traced the early years in this country when African Americans and women could not vote in America. I also discussed Jim Crow and obstacles put in place to slow down voter registration or stop voter registration all together for African Americans. That was a grave time, a shameful time in American history that should never have happened and certainly should never show its face again. Yet, these voting laws have the potential of disenfranchising certain of voters.

“African Americans encountered various barriers in their efforts to get the right to vote in America – hostile law enforcement officials that were indifferent to them having the audacity to pursue their goal of being added to the registration rolls, insulting literacy tests designed to be difficult, to deny them the right to vote, and the Grandfather’s clause and poll taxes. Voting was mostly under state control. The U.S. Justice Department established that in many counties the tests were administered unfairly,” my book points out.

“There were consequences. In their efforts to register to vote, African Americans encountered various barriers. They faced tear gas, Billy Clubs, water hoses and insulting remarks, in their attempt to register to vote. They were turned back by the ‘Bull Connors’ of Alabama who wanted to deny them the right to vote. The poll tax was used as a barrier in many southern states where Blacks were excluded from the voting booth. Poll taxes were a suffrage pre-requisite by eleven ex-confederate states. And Blacks were the intended victims.

“During voter registration drives in Alabama, when African Americans showed up at the registrar’s office to register, registrars would conduct slowdown days to frustrate or delay their efforts,” the book states.

“The poll tax,” according to a member of the 1890 Mississippi Constitutional Convention’s Franchise Committee, was ‘the most effective instrumentality of Negro disenfranchisement.’ One woman talked about her father paying a $45 poll tax and having to eat a little less because of it, while others chose to eat rather than vote.

The price black forefathers had to pay to get the right to vote:

(These are points made in my unreleased book)

  • They were confronted with vicious dogs wagging their tails, ready to attack
  • They faced racist police officers carrying Billy Clubs, at times being used on them at full force
  • During peaceful demonstrations, protesters were hauled off in paddy wagons, simply because they wanted to register to vote
  • Fire hoses were turned on them at great force
  • Whips were popping
  • Tear gas was let loose
  • Some were abused and suffered beatings at the hand of racist police officers
  • Some made the ultimate sacrifice – death

“In 1965, in a brief statement to the press, Dr. King said: ‘In the past year Negroes have been beaten by Sheriff Clark and his posse, they have been fired from their jobs, they have been victimized by the slow registration procedure and the difficult literacy test, all because they have attempted to vote.’

“The Voting Rights Act empowered the U.S. Attorney General to replace local registrars with federal registrars in areas where discrimination was present. State literacy tests were banned. Anyone over the age of 21 could legally register to vote. In 1966, poll taxes were also prohibited with ratification of the 24th Amendment.

“Many states prevented Blacks from voting. And even after some Blacks gained the right to vote, they were afraid to go to the polls due to intimidation, violence and fear.

All of these facts and much more are outlined in my book.

Voter ID laws must not be used to disenfranchise voters. And the U.S. Justice Department should use the power of its office to make sure that it doesn’t happen…that no federal laws are being violated in regards to the Voting Rights Act and other laws pertaining to the rights of citizens to vote in America.

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