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Archive for February 10th, 2012

City of Chicago agrees to pay $6.2 million in class action for protestors arrested at 2003 Anti-War Protest

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

A settlement has been reached in the class action law suit Vodak v. City of Chicago, brought against the Chicago Police Department on behalf of over 700 protestors who were falsely arrested during a demonstration against the Iraq war on March 20, 2003. On that date, over 10,000 protestors demonstrated in Chicago against the U.S. invasion of Iraq, marching through downtown streets and up Lake Shore Drive before Chicago Police surrounded, detained and arrested over 700 people.

Last year an important victory was achieved in the case when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion which strongly criticized the City of Chicago for its treatment of the demonstrators and reinstated the case after it had been dismissed by the District Court. This opinion, which holds that the City cannot arrest peaceful demonstrators without warning, merely because they do not have a permit, will apply to all future demonstrations.

Now, on the eve of trial, the City has finally agreed to settle this case, agreeing to provide a total of $6.2 Million to compensate the more than 700 class members.

The class is made up of three different sub-classes and the potential compensation each class member receives will depend on which sub-class they are in.

* A-3 sub-class: those who were arrested, charged and had to go to court, will receive up to $15,000
* A-2 sub-class: those arrested and released without being charged, will receive up to $8,750
* A-1 sub-class: those who were held on the street for over 90 minutes, will receive up to $500

In addition, there will be additional payments to persons who are named in the lawsuit as the class representatives and.  class members who were required to give depositions in the case.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs will also be negotiating with the City and petitioning the court to separately pay their legal fees and the costs of the case. This payment will be in addition to the $6.2 million paid to their clients.

There were also instances of police brutality that night and lawyers working on the case have previously settled a number of excessive force cases totaling over $300,000 in compensation for those who had handcuff injuries, broken bones and wounds requiring stitches.

This case is important not only to the class members and their attorneys, but also for civil liberties, as it scores a significant victory for the right to demonstrate in Chicago. This substantial settlement will send an unequivocal message to the City of Chicago and its police department that they must respect the right to free speech and assembly.

The class action lawsuit has been litigated by a legal team of attorneys and legal workers who are all members of the National Lawyers Guild. People’s Law Office attorneys Janine Hoft, Joey L. Mogul, Sarah Gelsomino and John Stainthorp, along with attorneys Melinda Power and Jim Fennerty, as well as paralegal Brad Thomson of People’s Law Office, have litigated the case for almost nine years.

For more information or updates on the settlement, visit peopleslawoffice.com or follow People’s Law Office on facebook and Twitter.

After Gay Marriage victories in California & Washington, Illinois activists set to protest on Sunday

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

With this week’s victory over California’s Proposition 8 and next week’s likely passage of equal marriage legislation in the State of Washington, gay activists say “this is the year” to pass marriage rights legislation in Illinois.  They are launching the drive for a gay marriage bill in Illinois at 10:30 AM this Sunday with a protest in front of Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State Street, Chicago.

“While a majority of lay Catholics support equal rights for gays – at a greater rate than even the general public – they are tragically misrepresented by the Church leadership, which has been a bitter opponent of equal rights for LGBTs and women,” said Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network.

With the wins in California and Washington, some Springfield legislators say they will now make a serious push for equal marriage legislation this year in Illinois.  As they do so, gay activist say that the “usual suspects” will bray loud and clear about how “unfair” equal rights legislation is, and demonize LGBT people in the process.

Chief among them will be Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George.  George is already on record comparing lesbians and gays to the KKK, and repeatedly defended that comparison before finally issuing what many considered an inadequate apology.  George, as head of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, spent tens of thousands backing the anti-gay referendums Proposition 8 in California and Question 1 in Maine.

After the passage of the civil unions bill in Illinois, George pompously predicted, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

“As marriage equality moves forward this year in Illinois, look for Cardinal George to once again take his bigotry out from under wraps, trying to lean on Illinois legislators to vote against equality,” said Thayer. “As a cover for this bigotry, look for him to try to play the victim role again, falsely stating that equal marriage legislation in Illinois would somehow force the Catholic Church to celebrate marriages it chooses not to. We won’t sit back and take it – as Californians fatefully did with the Mormon Church before the passage of Proposition 8.  We will proactively push back against this bigotry now.”

Sunday’s protest was initiated by the Gay Liberation Network and is supported by the 8th Day Center for Justice, the Chicago Rainbow Sash Movement, Dignity Chicago, and Equality Illinois. For more information, call GLN at 773.209.1187 or email LGBTliberation@aol.com

Cook County State’s Attorney Alvarez swears in new chief

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has named a law enforcement veteran with more than 25 years of police and management experience to lead the State’s Attorney’s Investigative Bureau.

Alvarez has appointed Jack Garcia, a veteran of the Illinois State Police Department, to head up the Investigations Bureau, a division of the State’s Attorney’s Office that provides investigative and logistical support to Assistant State’s Attorneys in their preparation and presentation of criminal cases that are prosecuted throughout the Cook County court system.

Garcia, a 26-year veteran of ISP, served in every division of the agency and was most recently First Deputy Director, the second in command of the statewide police agency.  During his tenure Garcia also commanded ISP’s Division of Forensic Services as well as the Statewide Terrorism Intelligence Center and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Pastor Acree holds book-signing in time for Valentine’s Day

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Holds 47th birthday bash, too

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

CHICAGO, IL – Just two-days before Valentine’s Day, Pastor Ira J. Acree, author of “In Pursuit of Mr. Right,” is holding his first book-signing for this book at 1 p.m., Sunday, February 12, 2012, at the Greater St. John Bible Church of Chicago, 1256 North Waller, in Chicago.

And if that is not a huge achievement, Pastor Acree is also celebrating his 47th birthday complete with cake, ice cream and light refreshments.

When asked what is his birthday wish, the activist Minister, Pastor Acree, said his ultimate dream and birthday wish is “for each child in Chicago to have an opportunity to receive a quality education.”

In the interim, Acree’s book not only teaches women the art of getting and keeping “Mr. Right” but to do so in a righteous and biblical sense. His book also gives excellent advice to naïve women who want to avoid meeting “deadbeat” men.

Pastor Acree gives women some controversial advice on how to get a man by being aggressive, how to keep him happy, and how to win your man when there is female competition nipping at your heels.

What is his secret solution? Acree uses the bible as his source of reference.

“In Pursuit of Mr. Right is definitely a page turner…. just from the title you’re inclined to dive in and see what biblical principles Pastor Acree has to share. Finally, a book that on point with steps that unlocks secrets to lasting love. This book allows singles liberation without condemnation for wanting to be in the “right” relationship and marriage,” said Effie Rolfe, speaker and radio personality, assistant program director/music director at Inspiration 1390/WGRB AM 1390 and author of “The (K)Nots Prayer Journal & SuperSize Your Thinking.”

Rev. Dr. Marshall Hatch, pastor of New Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church who is professor of Urban Ministry at the Northern Baptist Seminary, said, “I find it interesting that many are reading Steve Harvey’s book, the “King of Comedy,” as if they are reading the bible. Here is Rev. Acree, married almost 25-years and is a pastor. I think people will find his book, one based on the bible, much more helpful.”

Acree is also the author of “The Man in the Mirror,” which was released in January 2011.

For more information, Pastor Acree can be reached at:  773-339-8590.

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.

Windy City Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for potential homeowners

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Windy City Habitat for Humanity is holding Homebuyer Information Meetings for people interested in becoming Habitat homeowners.  The organization anticipates it will build 8 houses next year.

“We’re asking the community to help us spread the word that we are accepting applications from those in need of safe, decent housing,” explains Jennifer Parks, executive director of Windy City Habitat for Humanity.  The three criteria used in the application process are housing need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

To qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, applicants must be living in substandard housing and have a stable income between 40 and 65 percent of the area median income for Cook County.  The range for this area is between $29,920 and $48,620 for a family of four. 

To become a Habitat for Humanity homeowner, families must agree to help build their own house, perform a minimum of 350 hours of sweat equity and take classes as part of their transition from renters to owners.  These classes include credit counseling and home maintenance. 

When the home is completed, the family receives a “hand up, not a “hand out” in the form of a no profit, zero interest mortgage.

“This is not a give-away program,” explains Jennifer.  “Our families pay approximately $650 per month, which includes homeowners insurance, property taxes and the principle payment that supports the building of future Habitat homes.”

Families interested in Habitat home ownership can attend one of four information sessions on Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, or Apr. 19 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 1335 W. 115th St between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.

For more information or to learn about the application process to become a Habitat for Humanity home owner visit Windy City Habitat for Humanity’s website at www.windycityhabitat.org.

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Buy A Home

at a price you can afford!

Su Propia Casa a un Precio Bajo y Sin Enganche 

Information Meetings

Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit

1335 West 115th Street, Chicago, IL 60628 

6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

 

    Thursday, January 19, 2012        or       Thursday, February 16, 2012

    Thursday, March 15, 2012                     Thursday, April 19, 2012

 

 Please:

  • Attend one of these meetings
  • Be on time
  • Stay for full 90 minutes

 

Also, although we love children, please do not bring them to the meeting.

 Por favor:

  • Recuerde que ud
  • Debe llegar a tiempo y
  • Tendrá que permanecer hasta el final de la junta – noventa minutos

 

Lo sentimos, aunque amamos niños, por favor no los traiga a la junta.

 

 Basic requirements:ü        Inadequate housing

ü        Legal U. S. Residency Status

ü        Would accept a house in the locations where Habitat is building:

— 113th and Carpenter        — 45th and Lamon

                — 400 block of W 103rd       — 119th and Union

ü        Can help Habitat with a minimum of 350 hours of work before buying your house

ü        Gross annual income between range below:

 

Family Size           Minimum               Maximum

One                         $20,944                 $34,034

Two                         $23,936                 $38,896

Three                      $26,928                 $43,758

Four                        $29,920                 $48,620

Five                         $32,314                 $52,510

Six                           $34,708                 $56,400

Seven                     $37,701                 $60,289

Eight                       $39,498                 $64,179

 

 Requisitors básicos:ü        Vivienda inadecuada

ü        Estatus legal de residencia en EE.UU.

ü        Acceptaría una casa de Hábitat localizada:

— 113th and Carpenter        — 45th and Lamon

                — 400 block of W 103rd       — 119th and Union

ü        Puede ayudar a Hábitat con 350 horas de labor antes de comprar su casa

ü        El ingreso bruto anual de entre el rango por debajo de:

 

Tamiño de la Familia        Mínimo            Máximo

Uno                                      $20,944           $34,034

Dos                                      $23,936           $38,896

Tres                                      $26,928           $43,758

Cuatro                                  $29,920           $48,620

Cinco                                   $32,314           $52,510

Seis                                      $34,708           $56,400

Siete                                     $37,701           $60,289

Ocho                                    $39,498           $64,179

 

 

(312) 563-0296 (o)   Email: windycityhabitat@windycityhabitat.org    Visit:  www.windycityhabitat.org      312.563.0297 (f)   

 

 

About Windy City Habitat for Humanity

Windy City Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Windy City Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in Chicago and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Windy City Habitat for Humanity has built ninety houses in various Chicago neighborhoods providing families with safe, decent and affordable housing.

Complaints up 15-percent for auto repair services to the Better Business Bureau

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

Chicago, IL -  When your vehicle needs repairs, you don’t need a crash course in auto mechanics, but you should know how to find a reliable shop and mechanic. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) recommends a few key points to ensure your automobile gets fixed without a glitch.

 

While most auto repair shops are legitimate, there are always an unscrupulous few that end up taking thousands of unnecessary repair dollars from consumers. In the last 12 months, the Chicago BBB received more than 1,070 complaints against auto repair services, up 15-percent over the previous 12 month period; the BBB also fielded more than 38,180 inquiries in the last 12 months from consumers looking to find a reliable business in the industry.

 

“Whenever you take your car to the shop, never try to diagnose the problem yourself. Describe the symptoms and ensure the work cannot begin until you have a written estimate for the scope of work and given your okay,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois.

 

The BBB recommends considering the following when taking your car in for auto repair services:

 

Check your warranty. If you have a problem with your vehicle while it is still under warranty, follow the manufacturer’s instructions which may require that repairs be made at an authorized dealership.

Ask around. Look for shops that display certification. For major work, such as brakes, transmission or engine repair, you will need to find a shop employing a specialist.If you are looking for a qualified, independent shop, get a list of BBB Accredited Businesses that do the type of auto repair you need for free at www.bbb.org   

 

Ask all the questions that you need. Don’t be embarrassed to request thorough explanations. Make sure you are clear on their appraisal of the problem, suggested course of action and cost of work before you reach a decision.Before authorizing repairs, get a written estimate for parts and labor. Tell the shop to get your permission before making additional repairs. Ensure you receive notification by having the service manager write a request on the bottom of the repair order. Give phone numbers where you can be reached and, before you leave, be sure to understand all shop policies regarding labor rates, guarantees, and acceptable methods of payment.

Get everything in writing. When you pick up your vehicle, get an explanation of all work completed and get all guarantees in writing. Ask for any major new parts that have been installed be pointed out to you. Your repair bill should be itemized so, if a problem occurs later, you can prove the item is covered by the guarantee.

For more information about auto repair dealers, visit www.bbb.org

Illinois Shakespeare Festival offers Valentine’s Day Special for 2 show tickets purchased for performances before July 9th

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For tickets purchased through Valentine’s Day only

 

Illinois Shakespeare Festival is offering a Valentine’s Day Special for 2 show tickets purchased through Valentine’s Day for performances before July 9th:

Receive a gift certificate for Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Prosecco* with any 2 show tickets purchased through Valentine’s Day. Tickets must be for performances before July 9th; Not valid for Preview nights; Box office purchases only; *Offer is a $10 value, available while supplies last – Festival staff may substitute other food and drink items.

Tickets are now on sale! Shows for the 2012 Season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival are:

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s most joyous play about love and life! When Rosalind is exiled from her uncle’s court, she disguises herself as a boy named Ganymede and heads for the magical Forest of Arden. There, she finds a world of eccentric exiles and comical rustics. She also finds Orlando – who under the guidance of Ganymede will learn to woo Rosalind.

Othello by William Shakespeare Othello is at the top of his game: victorious in war and showered with honors. When his marriage to an extraordinary young woman meets with her father’s condemnation, the evil Iago seizes the opportunity for revenge. Jealousy, deception, and intrigue mark this story of a decorated general driven to the extremes of rage by Shakespeare’s most perfect villain.

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley SheridanWhen the word-mangling Mrs. Malaprop threatens to marry her niece to the highly “illegible” Captain Jack Absolute, the young girl rebels. Having read one-too-many romance novels, Miss Lydia Languish is intent on marrying the poor but handsome ensign who’s been courting her. The captain may have no choice but to challenge the ensign to a duel – even though he and his rival are one and the same person. One of the funniest plays in the English language!

Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Two pairs of identical twins separated at birth – each pair sharing the same names! When one pair stumbles unknowingly into the hometown of the other pair, confusion and mayhem follow! Shakespeare’s silliest comedy is also the heart-warming story of families reuniting under the most unusual circumstances. This is the Theatre for Young Audiences production.

While getting your show tickets, why not sign up for a backstage or costume tour? As always, dinner is available for preorder and delivery to Ewing from Kelly’s Bakery and Cafe.

Call 866-IL-SHAKE to take advantage of this special offer!

Illinois Shakespeare Festival Season: June 28 – August 11, 2012

The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre announce a joint World Premiere Production of Scott T. Barsotti’s Brewed as part of their 2012-2013 Seasons

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 10 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

 

Two companies join forces to produce ambitious work with all-female cast                 

 

 

Chicago, IL – The Ruckus Theater, in conjunction with Tympanic Theatre Company, announces the imminent production of the world premiere ofBrewed as part of The Ruckus’ fourth and Tympanic’s sixth seasons. Created by playwright Scott T. Barsotti, the play will be co-produced by The Ruckus Theater and Tympanic Theatre Company in the early 2013.

More information about director, dates, fight choreographers, and casting will be in The Ruckus’ and Tympanic’s respective season announcements, and inquiries for both companies may be directed to The Ruckus’ marketing manager.

The Ruckus is partially funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Tympanic Theatre Company is partially funded by a grant from the City of Chicago’s Community Arts Assistance Program.

In the world of Brewed, the task is stirring a pot…all day, every day. The six sisters don’t share the task as they once did. With Nannette busy racing stock cars and Roxette off doing her own thing, the others are left to shoulder the burden. But Paulette is fed up; Collette is clueless; and Babette, crippled in more ways than one, is volatile. Juliette does her best to maintain order and civility…for now. But why must they do this? When one of the sisters calls everyone together, old venom bubbles up and grievance flares, setting into motion an impossible moral struggle. A play about gatherings, sacrifice, and the dark art of obligation.

Scott T. Barsotti is a playwright and performer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott’s original plays include KILL ME, THE REVENANTS, JET BLACK CHEVROLET, BREWED, McMEEKIN FINDS OUT, and YOUR TEACHER IS OUT TODAY, and have been performed at many theatres nationwide. His adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s THE BODY SNATCHER will receive its world premiere this fall at Brisbane Arts Theatre in Queensland, Australia; also in 2012, THE REVENANTS will be produced by Happy Medium Theatre in Boston, as well as New World Arts in Goshen, IN.  Scott will also be contributing to Tympanic Theatre Company’s DELIVER US FROM NOWHERE this spring.  His work has been seen at the New York International Fringe Festival, the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, and Collaboraction’s Sketchbook, and has been produced and/or developed by WildClaw Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, Chicago Dramatists, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Playwrights, Roundelay Theatre Company, Theatre Seven of Chicago, American Theatre Company, and The Visceral Company among others.  As an actor, Scott has appeared with WildClaw Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Curious Theatre Branch, The Mammals, WNEP Theater, Collaboraction, Pavement Group, and Victory Gardens.  Scott designed movement for the WildClaw production of KILL ME, and will be serving as movement director for Strawdog Theatre’s upcoming production of ‘The Duchess of Malfi.’  Scott is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. http://scottbarsotti.wordpress.com.

About The Ruckus Theater

Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2006, The Ruckus is composed of actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, casting directors, grant writers, baristas, grad students, poem-writers, computer fixers, appointment-makers and census-takers— an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists whose aim is to blur the lines between playwright and actor, audience and ensemble. A resident company at the side project from 2009 to the present, The Ruckus has produced three Chicago-based seasons of world premieres and workshops, including the company-devised 15 MINUTES, recently remounted in Curious Theatre Branch’s Rhinoceros Theater Festival. The Ruckus is led by Artistic Director Allison Shoemaker, Associate Artistic Director Joshua Davis, and a company and ensemble of nineteen.

We’re here to create, to examine, to invent, to explode—to create a ruckus. The Ruckus develops new work and the artists who create that work. Our ensemble breaks down the walls of traditional methods to nurture new plays and challenge exceptional artists. We believe in creating our process for every project from the ground up. We commit to the growth of our ensemble, the artists we collaborate with, and the plays we develop. We aim to deepen the cultural bedrock of our community by giving megaphones to new voices and by making theater affordable. By fostering conversations that rip through the curtain, we aim to lead both artist and audience down an unexpected path with art that doesn’t play by the rules.

About The Tympanic Theatre Company

After moving to Chicago in the Fall of 2006, a handful of fellow alumni from Florida State University founded The Tympanic Theatre Company. Producing five seasons of thrilling new work, the collective has since expanded to 16 members and associates and is helmed by Artistic Director Daniel Caffrey and Managing Director Paul E. Martinez. Besides being a resident company at the side project from 2007 to 2011, Tympanic has participated in the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Incubator Series to extensively workshop Randall Colburn’s VERSE CHORUS VERSE before mounting the full world premiere, as well as Mary Arrchie’s Abbie Hoffman Festival and Curious Theatre Branch’s Rhino Fest. This April, they will produce DELIVER US FROM NOWHERE at The Right Brain Project, a night of ten short plays each inspired by a song on Bruce Springsteen’s seminal album, Nebraska. The evening involves 11 playwrights, 10 directors, four musicians, and over 30 actors.

The Tympanic Theatre Company is dedicated to producing new work with fantastical, frightening, or absurd subject matter that provokes, inspires, and entertains. Through our use of vibrant storytelling, dynamic language, and colorful characters, we invite our audience to plunge headfirst with us into theatrical worlds that are fresh, energetic, and visceral.

See how we make a ruckus all over the internet on our blog, iruckus.blogspot.com; like us at facebook.com/theruckustheater; view our photostream atflickr.com/ruckustheater; follow our tweets at twitter.com/ruckustheater; and spend hours at youtube.com/theruckustheater.

 

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds announces initiative to support homeless youth

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Tyler Perry’s GOOD DEEDS is very happy to announce Good Deeds:Great Needs, an initiative to support Covenant House, a non-profit organization that provides for homeless youth. Through GiftCardGiver.com, Good Deeds:Great Needs will be collecting unused gift cards and donating all collected to Covenant House.

In addition, Lionsgate will be making a financial donation to Covenant House for every share of the GOOD DEEDS trailer! So make sure to watch and share the video!

To learn more and share Good Deeds:Great Needs, visit www.gooddeedsgreatneeds.com

GOOD DEEDS also presents fans the opportunity to win a Valentine’s Date Night! Just head over to the GOOD DEEDS Facebook page and submit your “love story” for the chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

To learn more about the contest, visit:
www.facebook.com/GoodDeedsMovie?sk=app_239455529470849

TYLER PERRY’S GOOD DEEDS opens in theaters everywhere on February 24, 2012. The film stars Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, and Beverly Johnson with Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union.

To learn more, visit:
Covenant House: www.covenanthouse.org
Gift Card Giver: www.giftcardgiver.com
FILM SYNOPSIS:
A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that’s expected of him for the life he’s always really wanted.

A moving, uplifting drama about coincidence, courage, and the defining choices we make on our paths to happiness, TYLER PERRY’S GOOD DEEDS is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, and stars Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, Beverly Johnson, with Phylicia Rashad, and Gabrielle Union.

Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/GoodDeedsMovie
Official Site: www.GoodDeedsMovie.com
Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/GoodDeedsMovie

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