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Archive for November 1st, 2011

Five memorials honoring 260 slain children set to begin today, November 1st

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Clergy issue clarion call for peace


By Chinta Strausberg 


The first of  five candle-light memorials honoring more than 260 Chicago murdered children will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at the Saint Sabina Church, 1210 W. 78th Place, located in the Auburn Gresham community.

The memorials are being hosted by the Urban Dolorosa’s, which means ‘The Sorrowing City.’

Embracing the Urban Dolorosa movement is Saint Sabina and a number of other churches including the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 So. Woodlawn. Rev. Dr. Kimberly Lymore, associate pastor at Saint Sabina, is urging all to attend this vigil in honor of the murdered children and to join the clarion call for peace.

On Tuesday at Saint Sabina, the Hyde Park Union Church will host an ecumenical and multicultural group of ministers, artists and community leaders who are holding five memorial services during the month of November as “a pilgrimage to mourn with families of the children who were killed over the past three school years,” according to a press release.

Urban Dolorosa is calling on all Chicagoans to “notice our dead and dying children and to work together for peace by joining this memorial pilgrimage and committing to end youth violence in our city.”

The goals of the Urban Dolorosa are to raise the consciousness of the violence that continues to plague Chicago, to encourage anti-violence discussions, and to organize religious leaders to unite in promoting peace in the city.

Tuesday’s memorial will include the reading of the names of children killed due to violence. Under the artistic direction from Steppenwolf for Young Adults, these memorials will feature:

The world premier of sacred music by South African Composer Vaughn Fayle (OFM), with libretto (lyrics) by Susan Johnson.

It will also include the: award-winning photography by Carlos Javier Ortiz, choral program of Johnson College Prep (Englewood), Youth Choir and Marimba Ensemble of Holy Cross/IHM (Back of the Yards); Dr. Keith Hampton and the Chicago Community Chorus; Soprano soloist Jade Maze and Baritone soloist Khary Laurent; Chamber soloists from North Park University and Spoken Word poetry by Mama Brenda Matthews.

The partners for this event include: CeaseFire Illinois headed by Tio Hardiman, Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Johnson College Prep Choral Program, Chicago Community Chorus, Chicago Child Trauma Center, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation; Too Young To Die Photo Documentary Project; North Park University and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.

Included in the Urban Dolorosa organizing team are: Rev. Susan Johnson, senior minister at the Hyde Park Union Church and the author of the Urban Dolorosa libretto, Father Vaughn Fayle, OFM, who is the director of music and Composer-in-Residence at the Hyde Park Union Church; Hallie Gordon, director of Steppenwolf for Young Adults; Dr. Keith Hampton, an accomplished composer, conductor and music educator; Carlos Javier Ortiz, who is working on the Too Young To Die documentary and Dr. Joel Harter, who is the Lilly Pastoral Resident at the Hyde Park Union Church.

Besides Tuesday’s memorial, here is the listing for the others:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. (Downtown), First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington.

Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 7 p.m. (West Garfield Park), New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4301 West Washington Blvd., Chicago.

Friday, November 4, 2011, at 7 p.m. (Back of the Yards) Holy Cross/IHM Parish, 4541 S. Wood Street, Chicago and

Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. (Hyde Park), the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 South Woodlawn Avenue.

For more information, click on: www.urbandolorosa.org or go to Facebook.

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.

Immigrant Rights Groups focus on mental health of undocumented youth

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“A Dream Deferred” panel will explore the mental health implications of being undocumented—urging educators, counselors, and community organizers to take action to address the issue.

A panel of community organizers, youth, researchers, and mental health experts will explore the mental health implications of being undocumented.

The event will be held today, Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 3:30-6:30 p.m., at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, 17 N. Dearborn, 15th Floor. The event is intended for community organizers, school counselors and staff, undocumented youth, and others interested in learning about and taking action on these issues.
Last December as Congress considered a vote on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) spoke out about the connection between mental health and the experience of living undocumented. When Congress failed to pass this legislation, groups around the country shifted their focus to efforts to support undocumented students in the states.

In Illinois, an effort led by undocumented students, university presidents, religious leaders, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) resulted in the passage of the Illinois Dream Act, a bill that creates a private scholarship fund for immigrant youth and gives counselors the skills to work with them.

Yet few efforts have zeroed in on the unique mental health challenges faced by young people whose careers and dreams are thwarted by their immigration status. This results in high rates of depression and suicide. This panel seeks to introduce the issue and call for organization and action to support undocumented youth and address these mental health needs.

The presenters will include:

Dr. Roberto Gonzales, University of Chicago professor whose work focuses on undocumented youth experience and organizing; Reyna Wences, Immigrant Youth Justice League (IYJL) organizer; Jacqueline Luna, Social Worker at Heartland Alliance’s Violence Recovery Services based in McKinely Park neighborhood, works with IYJL to support mental health initiatives; Dr. Sonali Gupta, mental health expert working with asylum seekers and a faculty member at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

“A Dream Deferred: The Mental Health Implications of Being an Undocumented Youth” is part of an ongoing collaboration among the Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. This event was also co-sponsored by the Immigrant Youth Justice League.

Illinois Attorney General Madigan leads surprise sex offender checks

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Attorney General, Department of Human Services make compliance visits in advance of Halloween Trick-or-Treating


Chicago, IL – Investigators for Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the state Department of Human Services conducted surprise compliance checks of sexually violent persons on conditional release across the state to help ensure safe neighborhoods for children and their families as they ventured out for Halloween trick-or-treating.

Compliance checks were conducted in Chicago, Bellwood, Broadview, Berkeley, Forest Park, North Aurora, Rockford, Springfield, Danville, Urbana, Bloomington, Olney, Benton and Belleville.

“It’s imperative these violent offenders are rigorously and continually supervised,” Madigan said. “Frequent, unannounced compliance visits help us ensure that offenders really are where they say they are. Knowing their location is critical to ensuring that they don’t slip through the cracks and commit their heinous crimes again.”

Madigan said the joint operation found all 20 conditionally released offenders were in compliance with court-ordered restrictions. Courts released these offenders from DHS custody under orders with specific restrictions, such as where they may live and what type of treatment plans they must follow.

To be committed under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, a person must be convicted of a sexually violent offense and exhibit a mental disorder. Prosecutors also must prove the offender is likely to commit future acts of sexual violence if released from custody. Once committed to the Department of Human Services as a sexually violent person, offenders are re-evaluated regularly to determine if they continue to meet the criteria for commitment.

Since enactment of the Act, 470 convicted sex offenders have been committed as sexually violent persons and are in the custody of DHS.

Lt. Governor Simon to host Classrooms First Commission hearing in Quad Cities

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Will tour new Western Illinois University riverfront campus


Moline, IL – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s Classrooms First Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday afternoon at Black Hawk College. The hearing will give parents, educators and taxpayers in the Quad Cities the opportunity to provide suggestions on making school districts more efficient and effective. Later Simon will tour the site of a new riverfront campus at Western Illinois University (WIU).

The events will be held Wednesday, November 2:

EVENT: Classrooms First Commission public hearing

TIME: 11:30 a.m.

PLACE: Building 4, Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Black Hawk College, 6600 34th Avenue, Moline


EVENT: Tour of Western Illinois University riverfront campus

TIME: 2 p.m.

PLACE: 1506 Riverfront Drive, Moline

Among those scheduled to testify at the public hearing is Dr. Norm Durflinger, Director of the Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University. Durflinger will discuss the aspects of school district consolidation and the state’s existing incentives for consolidation.

Members of the public will also have the opportunity to provide oral and/or written testimony. Time will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Simon, who is the Governor’s point person on education reform, will also tour the site of WIU’s new riverfront campus, which will be located along the Mississippi River. The new location will host an initial enrollment of 3,000 students and will support the College of Business and Technology and other technology-oriented programs focused on business, health care and environmental science.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing can watch streaming live video of the hearing at www.ltgov.il.gov. Individuals can also submit their ideas on how to improve school district efficiency and student learning opportunities using an online survey at the same web address.

This is the third of four public hearings to be held this fall by the Classrooms First Commission, a statewide group tasked with finding ways to improve learning and efficiency at the almost 870 school districts in Illinois. The Commission will report back to the Governor and General Assembly in the summer.

Layaway Now for Later: Better Business Bureau Advice on the Layaway Process

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Chicago, IL – The current economy has left many shoppers on a budget and searching for more affordable methods of paying for big-ticket items and holiday gifts. This holiday season, many families will be turning to alternate forms of payment to make ends meet. With many stores offering layaway services, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is offering advice on how to use this payment plan in lieu of credit cards.

Once considered a dated, old-fashioned method of payment, layaway services are back in a big way, with many businesses now shaking the dust off their layaway programs for today’s cash-strapped consumers. Buying items on layaway is different from putting them on a credit card because the buyer isn’t charged interest on the purchase and can’t take the item home until it is paid off. When purchasing items on layaway, the buyer must typically make a down payment of 10 to 20 percent and pay any service or plan fees for the store to hold the item for them. The customer then has typically 30 to 90 days to make periodic payments to pay off the balance. Once it is paid off, the customer can take the items home.

“Layaway services can be a great alternative to the using a credit card,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “However, it’s extremely important that customers take note of the fine print and know what to expect.”

As a complement to in-store layaway, some stores provide online layaway services for purchasing items through the retailer’s website. Additionally, third-party businesses have sprung up for the purpose of setting up layaway plans online between customers and retailers that don’t already have a layaway program. Once the item is fully paid for, the business then buys the item from the retailer and ships it to the customer.

When considering buying items on layaway, the BBB advises consumers to get everything in writing and offers the following checklist of questions to ask: 

* How much time do I have to pay off the item?

* When are the payments due?

* How much do I have to put down?

* Are there any storage or service plan fees?

* What happens if I miss a payment? Are there penalties? Does the item return to inventory?

* Can I get a refund or store credit if I no longer want the item after making a few payments?

* What happens if the item goes on sale after I’ve put it on layaway?

Also, visit www.bbb.org to check the Business Review of the retailer or third-party layaway service.

For more advice on how to be a savvy consumer this holiday season, visit www.bbb.org

Reggae Artist Ainsworth Rose to perform in Chicago at the DuSable Museum of African American History

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Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — Local Reggae Calypso singer/songwriter, Ainsworth Rose and his Sunshine Reggae Singers, will take center stage at The DuSable Museum of African American History – 740 East 56th Place Chicago, IL on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 5pm.

Ainsworth began his music career in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1990, he moved to the United States and started the Jamaica One Man Band in the Chicago Suburb of Bensenville, entertaining at piano bars and private parties. He made Chicago is home in 1992 and immediately became a part of the entertainment scene, performing for The Jamaican Consulate, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Illinois State Fair, Olive Harvey College and numerous public, corporate and private events.

In the year 2000, he composed, recorded, produced and self released his first CD, entitled, SWEET JAMAICA. He was the 2001 & 2002 recipient of the Calypso Performer of the Year Award, presented by The Chicago Music Awards.

To date, he has seven albums to his credit: Sweet Jamaica, Jamaica Me Crazy, Gospel Reggae, Spanish Reggae, Sunshine Music, Jamaican Carols and A Merry Reggae Christmas.

This concert will showcase many of Ainsworth’s popular original songs and also his interpretation of some of the world’s most loved island tunes, from Harry Belafonte to Bob Marley.

The music celebration will begin with a pre-show treat of tasty Jamaican cuisine and a fascinating museum tour at 5pm. Showtime is 6:30pm. Guest performers include Courtney Panton’s All Star Reggae Band, Kelvin Gordon – Contortionist, Horace Brown – Fire Limbo and Groupe Daara Gee – Afro/Caribbean Dance Group.

For concert and ticket info: 312-560-7215. Online: www.sunshinereggaeband.com

Door prize is an all inclusive trip to Jamaica.

International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ releases its long-anticipated music project entitled, “The St. Louis Experience, Watch Me praise Him”

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A vibrant musical sound has always been a hallmark of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and the International Music Department is world-renowned for producing a repertoire of great gospel artists such as the Clark Sisters, Rance Allen and Vanessa Bell Armstrong to name a few.

In this fine tradition of Gospel excellence, the International Music Department will release its long-anticipated music project entitled, “The St. Louis Experience, Watch Me Praise Him” recorded live at last year’s 103rd Holy Convocation in St. Louis Missouri. The CD will be pre-released on Tuesday, 11/1/11 during a press conference to open the meeting. This will be the first time a recording has been released from the Holy Convocation in more than fifteen years. The following Tuesday, November 8th the project will be available on iTunes and online at www.cogic.org

Dr. Judith McAllister, President of the International Music Department promises, “the Music will be rich with fervor and that COGIC Sound.”

Prior to the music project’s pre-release, the Convocation program will feature a concert event on October 31st as a Halloween alternative for the Community. The “Hallelujah Explosion” service will feature Grammy-nominated artist, Tye Tribbett along with Kim Burrell and feature Pastor Lynwood Dillard, International Youth President for the Church of God in Christ. This event begins at 5:30p.m.

The Holy Convocation for the Church of God in Christ will convene on October 31st and conclude on November 9th. The Convention will be held at the America‘s Center in downtown St. Louis.

The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the World and the 5th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in 60 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

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