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Archive for April 1st, 2012

U.S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush issues statement on the passing of Rev. Dr. Addie Wyatt, Labor and Civil Rights Leader

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Says “Rev. Wyatt, along with her late husband, the Rev. Claude Wyatt, played an important role in my development”


CHICAGO, IL — Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the following statement honoring Rev. Addie Wyatt:

I am saddened to learn of the passing of a friend and counselor, the Rev. Addie Wyatt. She was one of the most pivotal labor, civil rights and religious leaders of the latter half of the 20th century. Rev. Wyatt was a humanitarian and a powerful, yet passionate voice for the rights of women, African-Americans and all others she believed were denied the opportunity to live the American dream.

Rev. Wyatt, along with her late husband, the Rev. Claude Wyatt, played an important role in my development. I vividly recall spending so many sessions at their home, where they poured their wisdom and counsel into me. Her courage, steadfastness and intellect is the foundation on which many of us still stand.

Rev. Wyatt, one of our nation’s foremost labor leaders, began her labor involvement in the early 1950s. She was elected vice president of her local, UPWA Local 56, in 1953. She later became an international representative, before being tapped in 1976 as the first female international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers in 1976.

Eleanor Roosevelt appointed her to serve on the Labor Legislation Committee of President John F. Kennedy’s Commission on the Status of Women, which presented its report in 1963. In 1974, she helped found the Coalition of Labor Union Women and delivered the keynote address at the founding meeting to 3,200 participants. Wyatt was a founding member of the National Organization for Women and a leader in the struggle for an Equal Rights Amendment.

She was named one of Time’s Women of the Year in 1976 and received a similar honor from The Ladies Home Journal in 1977. Ebony named her one of the 100 most influential black Americans from 1980 to 1984. Rev. Wyatt was co-founder, with her late husband, of the Vernon Park Church of God on the South Side. They also founded the Wyatt Choral Ensemble in 1944.She was ordained a minister in 1955 and had a strong working relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She helped found Operation Breadbasket and served on the board of Operation PUSH.

Rev. Wyatt’s life was a beacon of light for all to observe. On behalf of my wife Carolyn and all the citizens of the First Congressional District of Illinois, I offer our prayers, support and love to her son, Claude III, sister Maude McKay, her grandchildren, friends and Vernon Park Church of God family. May her soul rest in peace and thank God He has welcomed her home.

Funeral arrangements for Rev. Dr. Addie L. Wyatt, Labor and Civil Rights Leader

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The body of Rev. Addie L. Wyatt will lie in state Friday, April 6, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vernon Park Church of God, 9011 S. Stony Island, Chicago, where she and her late husband, Rev. Claude Wyatt, co-founded decades ago.

There will be a pre-past luncheon from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Vernon Park Church of God.

Rev. Wyatt’s wake will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the church followed by funeral services from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

Burial will be at the Oak Woods Cemetery, 1035 East 67th St, Chicago, IL 60637.

Church members and residents to protest gang violence with prayer, Sunday, April 1, at Noon

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Pastor will take Sunday service to the streets to raise community attention on youth killed

Members of Greater St. John Bible Church and its pastor, the Rev. Ira Acree will take Sunday’s service to the streets on Chicago’s west side to focus attention on the senseless violence that is taking place in Chicago as well as the recent injustice against slain youth Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

The Sunday Service will be held April 1 at Noon at Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller Ave

Community residents, police and elected officials will join Pastor Acree and members of the church’s mentoring program in leading a prayer service in the Austin neighborhood. While the group seeks to express their solidarity with the Martin family, they hope to express their outrage at the youth murdered in Chicago this year.

“While many of us are justifiably upset about the slaying of Trayvon Martin in Florida, we are even more outraged about the excessive number of youth that have been killed right under our nose here in Chicago since school started,” stated Pastor Acree.

Acree and community leaders will call on state legislators to invest money in mentoring programs of faith based institutions and for the state to create 2,000 summer jobs for youth on Chicago’s west side.

In 2008, Illinois had summer work program that provided jobs for up to 10,000 youth, helping them establish productive work habits while investing in their communities.

“Many people unfortunately resort to violence out of their desperation, it is imperative that we do everything in our power and on our watch to protect our youth and provide them with positive life options,” added Acree.

Last week, Pastor Acree spoke on behalf of the community along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy, after police arrested several gang members on drug charges. Mayor Emanuel stated that more clergy need to come outside of the church buildings to minister to the entire community.

Ironically this march takes place on Palm Sunday — just as Jesus made a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, this group will walk down the streets on Chicago’s west side.

Those who will be in attendance are members of Greater St. John Bible Church, community leaders, and elected officials, including Rev. Ira Acree, Honorable Deborah Graham – 29th Ward, Commander Hector Rodriguez of CPD District 25, Commander Barbara West of CPD District 15, Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, Democratic nominee for 5th Senate District, Willie Williams Jr., who will commemorate the 6th year anniversary of his 17 year old son Willie Williams II’s death. The younger Williams was murdered on April 1, 2006, coming out of Ford city Movie Theatre. Ron Holt, father of slain Julian High school student Blair Holt will also attend.

Free Films: Around The World in 22 Weeks

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Cinema/Chicago’s International Screenings film series runs April 11 – September 29, 2012  at the Chicago Cultural Center


CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago, the presenter of the Chicago International Film Festival, announces the 22 films to screen at the 9th Annual International Screenings Program. Voted by the Chicago Reader as the “Best Free Film Series in Chicago” in 2010, the program is presented together with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the participating consular and cultural partners.

The popular free film series, running April 11 – September 29, showcases 22 films spotlighting different national cinema every Wednesday evening and select Saturday afternoons at the Chicago Cultural Center. The films, representing a wide array of genres from quirky comedies and hair-raising thrillers to emotionally charged dramas and eye-opening documentaries, celebrate the richness and diversity of the human experience and demonstrate the wealth and artistry of filmmaking cultures from around the world.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Special guest speakers will lead post-screening discussions at select screenings.

The Program supports Cinema/Chicago’s mission of encouraging cultural understanding and exchange by providing Chicagoans access to world-class international cinema. “This program grows in scope and popularity every year,” stated Vivian Teng, Managing Director of Cinema/Chicago. “The film series brings the community and the world closer together every week.” 

“We are pleased to partner with Cinema/Chicago in bringing the best of the Chicago International Film Festival to audiences year round in this free exploration of world views and remarkable movies,” said Rich Moskal, Director of the Chicago Film Office.

Participating organizations include: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in Chicago, Austrian Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Consulate General of Canada in Chicago, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, Cultural Service of the Consulate General of France in Chicago, Goethe-Institut, Consulate General of India in Chicago, Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Japan Information Center at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, the  South African Consulate General in Chicago, Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, Royal Thai Consulate General in Chicago, and the Consulate General of Uruguay in Chicago.

Screenings take place on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and most Saturdays at 2:00pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Washington St. The program begins April 11 and runs through September 29.

For a complete schedule, visit www.cinemachicago.org or call 312-683-0121.

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