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2nd Annual Illinois Immigrant Integration Summit sets agenda for Election Year

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Immigrant Summit attracts crowds, political leaders, excitement. Summit free of charge and open to public
 

Chicago, IL — This Saturday, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) will host their 2nd annual “One Nation, One Dream” Immigration Integration Summit.  Over 1,200 people have registered for the Summit, along with 30 of Illinois’s most powerful elected officials, including Governor Pat Quinn, Congressmen Luis Gutierrez and Jan Schakowsky, Senator Dick Durbin, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. The summit will announce the “One Nation One Dream” issue platform that ICIRR will work on in the coming year, as well as offer workshops on issues that will empower, as well as, provide vital information for immigrants.

The event will be held, Saturday, February 4, 2012, 9:30 to Noon, at Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren St., 9:30 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 8:00 am.

The “One Nation One Dream” election year issue platform includes a continued commitment to immigration reform; a powerful commitment to work for healthcare and education for new Americans; and a jobs and worker support agenda. ICIRR will also be launching their “Uniting America” Initiative, to encourage volunteerism and community dialogue between Illinois immigrants and their native born neighbors. Uniting America is a partnership with the AmeriCorps program and the State of Illinois. ICIRR will announce their naturalization and voter mobilization goals for 2012, which include assisting 10,000 legal immigrants to become citizens in Illinois, and mobilizing 159,885 Latino, Asian, Polish, and Middle Eastern voters to the polls.
 
The Summit begins with an opening plenary at 9 am, with confirmed speaker Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. At noon, the Summit will close with a spirited rally. Confirmed speakers include Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Il. Senator Dick Durbin, and House Speaker Michael Madigan.
 
Some of the workshops offered this year include; get-out-the-vote, citizenship, information about the Illinois DREAM act, health care, stopping deportations and early childhood education through parent engagement, among others.
 
“The Immigration Integration Summit provides an excellent opportunity for people to learn about the services that are available to them as well as learn how they can become engaged civically in this important election year,” said Lawrence Benito, incoming CEO at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
 
All workshops are free and open to the public.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.

New Partnership in Honor of Black History Month: Alzheimer’s Association® to Train 17 Community Representatives to Expand Services in the African-American Community

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African-Americans are about two times as likely as Caucasians to develop Alzheimer’s disease 

 

CHICAGO, IL – Because African-Americans are about two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than Caucasians, and in honor of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is partnering with Chicago State University to train 17 PharmD candidates to deliver much needed programming to the African-American Community.

“It is vitally important that we not only educate our students about diseases plaguing the global community but also equip them with resources and skills to meet the needs of the community as future health-care practitioners, said Angela C. Riley, IPPE Coordinator, Office of Experiential Education, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago State University College of Pharmacy and member of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter Board of Directors. “We are very excited about the program and all that it entails, as Chicago State University College of Pharmacy is dedicated to the mission of the university to strengthen the provision of culturally competent care and reduce health-care disparities. Working with the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to develop Chicago State University College of Pharmacy students as Alzheimer’s Association community representatives will further support this mission.”

The training will be conducted by Beverly Kimmons , M.S., Director, Diversity Initiatives for the Greater Illinois Chapter.  Once trained the Alzheimer’s Association Community Representatives, will deliver community education programs, attend health fairs on Chapter’s behalf and speak to community groups about the mission, programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association.  This exciting opportunity will help expand the presence of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter within the African-American Community.

In the United States , an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and someone develops the disease every 69 seconds.  In Illinois , the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s is 210,000; the number is expected to increase by 14% to 240,000 in the next fifteen years.  Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow, steady loss of memory, reasoning and other thinking tasks.  The costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are substantial – and if left unaddressed will bankrupt our State.  In Illinois , nearly 580,000 caregivers, contribute more that 659 million hours of unpaid care, at an estimated value of more than $7.8 billion.

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or to learn how to become an Alzheimer’s Association Community Representative call 847.933.2413 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and cure for Alzheimer’s. Since 1980, the donor supported, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. The Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties with offices in Bloomington , Carbondale , Chicago , Joliet , Rockford and Springfield . For more information, call our Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit www.alz.org/illinois.

Father Pfleger: "Failure is the price of success"

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‘Christ fell three times, but he got back up’

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Saying you should not harbor fears, Father Michael L. Pfleger Tuesday said “failure is the price of success” and just because you failed does not mean you are a failure.

Never define yourself as a failure, Pfleger said during Tuesday night’s bible study class. “Don’t let a temporary fall define your future.” Pastor said Jesus fell three times and that he had to get up. “He was born to die and three times he fell down but God said ‘Get back up. You got a salvation to give.”

“Our falling means we are human. Your getting up is what makes you great,” Pastor said. He reminded us that the great Michael Jordan failed but he too got back up.

Pfleger gave himself as an example. Referring to the time when he was having severe pains in his head and how he went to one doctor who recommended performing exploratory surgery. Pfleger looked at the doctor and told him, “Are you on drugs? The doctor said I could have Multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer” and other possible conditions.

Pfleger looked the doctor in his eyes and told him, “I am going to another doctor. You tell me all this negative stuff. I told him to take my hand, and said to him, ‘Stay tuned. This is not a one-night show. Come back next week.

“When things go bad, you have to look in the devil’s face and say, ‘This ain’t over. Stay tune, devil. I may fall out, but I will get back up.”

Pastor also recapped last week’s bible study saying, “God is a progressive, living God. He is going to keep working. If we become stagnant, we will miss him because he is a progressive God.”

Pastor spoke of the importance of being able to imagine that you have to get with God. He quoted Acts 16, “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Acts 16:10, “After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

“When God gives you a vision, you have to move on it, but first check to see if it is a God” vision because just because you say it is a God vision doesn’t necessarily mean it is so.

Pfleger said you must get close to God in order to know when he is talking to you. With him, Pastor said, “God gives me a still sound voice. You have to be decisively be tuned into God…and to be close to him to know His voice.”

“If you are waiting for chairs to start flying, that may be the devil and you better get out of the room,” he said referring to some people who are looking and waiting for signs of God’s presence.

He told the class that (1) when God gives us a vision, we have to move on it but (2) check to see if it is God. (3) God moves you for a vision to further God and his kingdom. (4) Cut off hindrances. He said baggage costs. (5) Stay the course. (6) You got to be a person of prayer. “Your prayer cannot be a 911 prayer,” Pfleger said. “You don’t just go to God only in an emergency.”

Pastor said we have to learn to walk with God every day but that we must come to the realization that we cannot walk alone.  (7) Don’t lose your character. Maintain your character and your witness and don’t get arrogant. Don’t get a big head. (8) God wants to touch your heart. He gave as an example his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who understood “we can change laws but until we change hearts, we do not change society.” (9) There is no vision without opposition. When you do things for God, you understand you will have opposition,” he warned.

And Pfleger said that means, “The devil will come to try and test you to see if you are for real.” Pastor said you must ask yourself, “Who am I going to trust?” (10) You have to continue to be fruitful and be a producer. Leaves and branches are not enough. Fruit has to be beyond yourself,” he said. (11) “Don’t waste time. Understand the value of time. Understand the value of your time and destiny.” (12) We cannot take our time for granted. Understand that life is not granted to us,” Pfleger said giving Senator Mark Kirk’s recent stroke as an example. “Tomorrow is not promised to you. Don’t waste time and wander like the Israelites.”

(13) God will hold you accountable for your destiny…for your purpose he created. (14) Pfleger cited Luke 14 and said, “You have to count the cost. You don’t go to war without having an army. Make sure you count the cost and have a strategy for it… If you are going to be effective, you have to have a strategy. You cannot expect what you don’t inspect. God had a strategy for the creation and how is it going to come into fruition. “

(14)  Once you have a strategy, write it down and make it plain and make it personal to you. Don’t try and copy someone else’s” plan,” said Pfleger. “God gave you a unique personality so use it. Don’t try to be somebody else but you. Grasp your uniqueness. Until you do that, you will never love yourself because you will always feel inadequate.

“You got to know what you are good at…,” said Pastor. “Use your gifts and your talents. Write it down and make it personal and be specific. What does God want you to do? Don’t be a Wal-Mart. Be a boutique. Be specific. Your vision is not a hussle. If God gives it to you, your God will make it successful.

“Be faithful and don’t try to jump up so quickly. Walk slow and do it right,” Pfleger advised. Pastor said the question is do you want to have longevity or “be the flavor of the month.”

“You must be positive about your destiny. Don’t speak more about the negativity…. You got to be positive. You got to speak about the positive, about your vision. You have to believe in your vision. Don’t ask me to co-sign to have prayer and for your healing if you don’t believe you can be healed,” said Pfleger who said he does not want any “pity parities. You have to believe in your purpose and your destiny.”

Pfleger also said you have to take authority in your house. “I will stand with you, but I am not going to do what you won’t do. Talk about your destiny with passion. You cannot expect anyone to be more excited about your destiny than you,” he said.

“You ought to be measurable,” said Pfleger. “If you don’t know where you are going, you don’t know if you got there. If I want to be a doctor, then you have to have a benchmark….:

“We have to prioritize the area as we move to your destiny that needs the most attention.”

Pfleger said, “We do not need a big church.” He said he could have a storefront store and two people to come together and “move a mountain.” Pastor said there must be a process like that of Saint Sabina church, which grew slowly through, a process predicated on primary needs.

Pastor said it is important to “let the Holy Spirit breathe on them in the Upper Room…or it will not be effective.

When Pastor preaches, he does not want to provide you with entertainment rather he wants you to be transformed. When you leave church, he wants you to be “drunk” with the word so much so that you are armed with the Holy Spirit and can walk out and say “I dare you, devil.”

Referring to Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed,” Pfleger said, “You are guaranteed to win. You cannot lose. You fight to win and you fight until you win.” “Give to God, and you will succeed. When the Holy Ghost is in charge, it will give you the wisdom you need to make life decisions.”

“We will make some mistakes because we are humans because we are wrapped in this flesh, but some mistakes you don’t have to make if you get some wisdom.” For example, Pfleger said, “If you drive down the same street over the same holes every day, you are stupid. Get another street in the city….”

“God is so awesome,” Pfleger said. “He dwells in us…. If you believe God has sent you to a job, you should be there on time and doing your best for a full day and you be the best worker in the place…. There is no room for mediocrity or craziness….”

Pfleger said God would give you wisdom and direction but that “you got to get the guidance of the Holy Spirit and submit to Him every day.”

Referring to Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps,” Pfleger explained how when he came to Saint Sabina 36-years ago how he had a vision of how a then shuttered McMahon Hall would be transformed into a Fellowship Hall and the message God gave to him. “He said ‘believe in the not yet.’”

Pfleger remembers standing at the door of the then closed and unheated McMahon Hall and wearing a coat and gloves told a few people, “One day we will be in there and the heat is going to be on. You have to believe in the not yet that your future, your destiny that God has spoken to you.

“If you are going to reach your destiny, you must develop an over coming spirit. Let people call you arrogant. You have to have an over coming spirit, but don’t be afraid of falling down. You will fall on the way to your success. Nobody reaches success without some falls,” Pfleger said.

He reminded us that “failure is the price of success” and that the victory in failure is the ability to get back up and to then become the “over-comer.”

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 Dance Center receives prestigious 2012 Joyce Award

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Supporting new work by Choreographer Reggie Wilson                                         

 

CHICAGO, IL —The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago has received a 2012 Joyce Award to commission choreographer Reggie Wilson to create the evening-length dance-theatre work (project) Moseses Project. The Award’s $50,000 grant also will support Wilson’s research residency in Chicago and a two-week community engagement residency for Wilson and three dancers to involve Chicagoans in the creative process.

The Dance Center is being honored with this prestigious award for the second time, one of only three organizations—and the only dance organization—to receive two Joyce Awards in its 10-year history. The Dance Center received a 2004 Joyce Award to support commissioning fees, presentation costs and associated community engagement and audience development efforts for Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s Wild Cursive, created by Artistic Director Lin Hwai-min. The piece received its American premiere in October 2006, presented by The Dance Center at the Harris Theater in Chicago. 

(project) Moseses Project is the working title of a new performance piece by Wilson exploring the interfaith mythical, biblical, ethnographic, historic and global references of Moses. Initial inspiration for the work came from Wilson’s rereading of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Moses, Man of the Mountain, which retells the Moses story as a Southern folk tale in Southern African-American vernacular. The work is progressing to look at Moses as prophet, priest, soldier, law-giver, leader, man and husband. (More information in this two-minute video.) 

Residency Activities 

In addition to direct commissioning support, the Joyce Award enables The Dance Center to host Wilson for two residencies:

  • During the 10-day Artist Research Residency, to take place in spring 2012, The Dance Center will connect Wilson with Chicago church leaders across several faith-based traditions to help him gain a deeper understanding of leadership issues in churches, synagogues and mosques—all viewed through the lens of Moses’ stories.
  • During the summer 2012 two-week Community Engagement and Choreographic Development Residency, Wilson will engage further with faith- and community-based groups, then take what he learns and directly embody those ideas on dancers from his company Fist & Heel Performance Group. 
Reggie Wilson and The Dance Center enjoy a long-standing relationship.  In 2003, Wilson was in residence for a three-week teaching engagement.  During a second three-week teaching residency in 2006, The Dance Center afforded Wilson the opportunity to conduct preliminary research for a new work in development, The Good Dance – dakar/brooklyn.  Finally, in March 2011, The Dance Center presented The Good Dance as the culmination of a one-week audience engagement and performance residency. 

Reggie Wilson

Reggie Wilson is indisputably one of America’s leading choreographers. He was born and raised in Milwaukee after his family moved north from the Mississippi delta. In 1989, he founded his Brooklyn-based Fist & Heel Performance Group. Drawing from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas, Wilson adds post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he calls “post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances.”

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